Oklahoma’s Giselle Juarez recorded 11 strikeouts on Friday’s 3-0 win over Northwestern. With the super regional win, the top-seeded Sooners are now one win away from making their 13th Women’s College World Series appearance.
Juarez was hot from the get-go on Friday, sitting down three of the five batters she saw in the first inning. From there, she allowed just 2 hits in seven innings in the shutout win.
Danielle Williams began in the circle for Northwestern, throwing 6 innings and allowing 3 hits. The Sooners capitalized on all 3 hits however, scoring their highest total since the first round.
The Sooners scored their first run of the game in the first inning, when Jocelyn Alo pulled the trigger on the full-count pitch doubling to center and scoring Sydney Romero. Oklahoma wouldn’t score again until the fifth inning when Romero hit a leadoff double and scored after Caleigh Clifton doubled shortly after. Their final run was scored when senior Shay Knighten hit right under Northwestern’s third baseman to score Clifton from third.
Oklahoma is second in the nation in scoring but have had cold bats so far in the postseason.
The Sooners are averaging 7.75 runs per game on the year but have scored just 6 runs in the last 3 games. As a senior, Romero believes her job is to keep the team upbeat through the grueling postseason.
“Throughout the season our jobs as Seniors is to keep the underclassmen kind of on a smooth road.” She said. “Just let them know that high scoring game, low scoring game, it’s going to be fine as long as you’re having fun and trusting it.”
If the Sooners can get the bats going on Saturday, they could be headed to their 4thstraight World Series, and in prime position to win their third title in four years.
Game 2 of the super regionals will be played on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Marita Hynes field in Norman.