NORMAN, Okla.(Texas Tech Press Release) – Oklahoma connected on three home runs during the first three innings Saturday afternoon as the 12th-ranked Sooners clinched the series with Texas Tech after a 5-1 victory at Marita Hynes Field.
The loss snapped a streak of three-consecutive Big 12 series victories for the Red Raiders, who dropped to 35-18 on the season and 8-9 in Big 12 play with the loss. Oklahoma improved to 42-10 overall and 13-2 in conference action.
“We had too many strikeouts at the plate to beat a team like OU,” Tech head coach Shanon Hays said. “I still believe we can come back and play well tomorrow but we just can’t strike out that many times. I thought we pitched and played defense good enough to win today. We just need to get the bats going a little bit.”
Three of Oklahoma’s first four hits in the game came via the long ball as Georgia Casey sent a solo blast over the centerfield fence in the second while Lauren Chamberlain and Brittany Williams both went deep an inning later.
The pair of home runs in the third marked the second-straight day Chamberlain and Williams both homered in the same inning. Chamberlain led off the frame with a solo shot to left field before Williams drilled a two-run shot just over the center field wall soon after.
Tech starter Cara Custer settled down from there, though, allowing just a run in the fifth off a sacrifice fly from Williams. Custer (12-7) took the loss in her second complete game of the season where she gave up just six hits while matching her season high with six strikeouts.
The Tech pitching staff didn’t receive much run support as the Red Raiders struggled with 11 strikeouts for the second-straight day off Oklahoma starter Kelsey Stevens (31-7), who picked up her second win of the season.
Stevens allowed only a solo home run to Kierra Miles in the fifth inning for Tech’s only run so far in the series. Miles finished with two of Tech’s three hits, going 2-for-3 overall.
Cassie McClure added Tech’s only other hit with a two-out single in the first inning. The Red Raiders, who totaled just two hits Friday evening, had not previously been held to three or less hits in back-to-back games this season.
Tech will look to salvage the series at 12 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The series finale will air live on FOX Sports Southwest.