Oklahoma softball’s historic win-streak of 41 games was snapped by Wisconsin on Sunday. The Badgers defeated the Sooners 2-1 in the first game of the Norman regional championship, forcing an elimination game.
Oklahoma struggled at the plate most of the day, with their lone run of the game coming on a first-pitch leadoff home run from third baseman Sydney Romero. Romero pulled the trigger on the first pitch Wisconsin’s Kaitlyn Menz threw, and connected hard, sending it over the left field wall.
Despite her first pitch going over the wall, Menz had a terrific day in the circle, holding the No. 1-ranked Sooners to just 5 hits through all 7 innings, and recording 5 strikeouts in the process.
Mariah Lopez started in the circle for Oklahoma, and gave the Sooners 4 solid innings of work. She recorded 6 strikouts and allowed just 2 hits before handing it over to Shannon Saile. Saile ended the fifth inning with a strikeout, but walked her first batter to start the 6th. Sooners star Giselle Juarez entered the game following the walk, but the Badgers took advantage of her rare shaky form. After Juarez hit a Badger, the runners advanced on a wild pitch. They then scored 2 runs on back-to-back squeeze bunts to take the lead.
Oklahoma couldn’t string anything together in the 6th and 7th innings, and the Badgers stunned the Sooners on their home turf.
The Sooners 41-game win streak is the longest single-season win streak in history, but Arizona’s 1996-97 team still holds the longest consecutive streak of all time at 47.
Game two of the regional championship will be played at 4:20 p.m. The winner will advance to the super-regionals.