The No. 4-seed Oklahoma softball team scored eight runs in the fourth inning to break open a close game and defeat Boston University 9-0 in the NCAA Norman Regional on Friday.
The win avenged an earlier OU loss to this same Boston University team that was responsible for one of Oklahoma’s three losses in 54 games this season. The Terriers defeated the Sooners 4-3 earlier this season in the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
A bases-clearing triple by Sydney Romero, followed by a two-run home-run by freshman Jocelyn Alo, the nation’s home-run leader with 25, were the big blows in the Sooners’ eight-run fourth-inning explosion. Romero and Alo produced five of OU’s nine runs.
Senior Paige Parker pitched the first four innings for the Sooners, allowing three hits and striking out four. Another Paige, Paige Lowary, came on in the fifth for Oklahoma to get the final three outs and preserve the Sooners’ 25th shutout of the season and 20th victory by run rule.
Parker was credited with the win, her 27th of the season to go with just two losses. Forty-six of her total 56 pitches in the game were for strikes.
Two of Boston University’s three its came on back-to-back singles in the second inning by first baseman Kaitlin Sahlinger and left fielder Alexa Ponce.
Oklahoma will next play Tulsa, a 9-1 winner over Missouri in game one of the Norman Regional, on Saturday afternoon. The last two times the Sooners have played Tulsa in the regular season, the games ended 1-0 in favor of Oklahoma. The winner of that game will advance to the championship game on Sunday.