NORMAN, Okla. – Fale Aviu drilled a two-run double with two outs in the 10th to lift the No. 8 Oklahoma softball team to a 3-2 win over No. 13 Baylor in Saturday’s series opener.
The Sooners (40-7, 10-0) remained one game ahead of Oklahoma State (9-1) in the Big 12 standings. Baylor (35-8, 8-2) fell two games behind the Sooners heading into Sunday’s noon doubleheader.
A regular season record crowd of 1,783 at Marita Hynes Field watched Baylor grab a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th when Lindsey Cargill singled, stole second and scored on Maddison Kettler’s single. Cargill extended her school record hitting streak to 21 games.
But in the bottom of the 10th Oklahoma’s Alissa Dalton reached on a fielder’s choice followed by Caleigh Clifton’s walk. Aviu then drilled her game-winning double off Baylor ace Kelsee Selman.
Selman (18-5) scattered seven hits and three walks while striking out nine. Despite the loss, Baylor coach Glenn Moore was pleased with his team’s perseverance.
“I’m coaching a group of warriors,” said Moore. “We got no breaks in that game, but kept fighting. I knew Kelsee would give us a chance to win and she shut the defending national champs down for eight complete innings. It will be a huge test to respond tomorrow after getting punched in the gut, but you can expect that from us.”
Oklahoma All-American Paige Parker started the game and allowed three hits in 6 1/3 innings. Paige Lowary (11-1) picked up the win in relief as she allowed three hits and two runs in 3 2/3 innings.
The game was scoreless until the ninth when Baylor’s Kyla Walker reached on an error, stole second and scored on Shelby Friudenberg’s single.
The Sooners answered with a run in the bottom of the ninth when Sydney Romero singled and scored on Nicole Mendes’ hit.