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Oklahoma Softball Loses First Conference Series in 13 Years

The Oklahoma Sooners softball team lost the final game of their three-game set against Texas 2-1, and with that dropped the series. For OU, it was their first series loss in Big 12 play since 2011 (vs. Missouri) and the first time the team has lost two in a row since 2019.

The Sooners stranded eight runners, while Texas left-hander Estelle Czech had herself a strong 3.1 innings, while giving up just three hits in relief of Teagan Kaavan.

 

As for the scoring, Oklahoma freshman Ella Parker broke up a scoreless game in the third with a solo blast. Kavan was then able to navigate her way out of trouble to get out of the rest of the inning without any more damage.

The only other scoring came in the bottom half of the fourth inning. OU pitcher Kelly Maxwell needed just three pitches to record the first two outs, but then she hit Viviana Martinez. Next up, Katie Stewart made Maxwell pay and blasted the go-ahead two-run bomb to left field to put Texas up 2-1, which would be the final score.

 

Texas’ pitching was the star of the weekend, holding Oklahoma’s powerful line up to seven total runs across the three games. This was lowest scoring output OU has had in a series since Baylor contained the Sooners to seven runs in 2012.

The top of the Big 12 standings are now awfully tight. Oklahoma is still in first place at 13-2, while Oklahoma State is a 1/2 game back 12-3, and Texas is 1.5 games behind at 11-4.

OU is back on the field on Tuesday against Wichita State, and then hosts BYU next weekend. Texas plays Texas State mid-week before traveling to Baylor for next weekend’s series.

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