Oklahoma softball’s Paige Parker is Big 12 Pitcher of the Week

Paige Parker pitched the Oklahoma softball team to a pair of victories over the weekend and was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.

Parker, who is tied for fourth nationally for the best winning percentage by a pitcher this season, improved her season record to 17-1 (.944) as the Sooners defeated Baylor 5-0 and 4-1 behind their senior ace.

Parker was credited with 11 innings of work in the two games, allowing no runs and six hits to go along with five strikeouts. She held the Baylor hitters to a .162 batting average in the two games

The 5-0 shutout in game one of the series was Parker’s third of the season. She gave up just two hits in the victory.

The one game in the Baylor series in which Parker did not pitch, the Sooners’ Mariah Lopez and Paige Lowary combined on a 9-0, no-hit shutout.

Parker has not allowed a run in 38 consecutive innings, and her sensational 0.30 earned run average is the best in the nation.

Parker been selected Big 12 Pitcher of the Week 18 times in her four seasons at Oklahoma. Only former Texas Longhorn pitcher Cat Osterman (25) has won the award more times than OU’s Parker. This is the second time in 2018 that Parker has been honored as Pitcher of the Week in the conference.

The Oklahoma senior was the 2017 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player in the 2016 Women’s College World Series. She earned Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors seven times her freshman year, five times as a sophomore and four times last season.