Sooners Shutout Shockers

WICHITA, Kan. (WSU Athletics) With No. 1 Oklahoma scoring in four of its five innings, the Wichita State softball team was defeated by the Sooners 8-0 by run rule on Wednesday night at Wilkins Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of 832 fans.

Oklahoma's Mariah Lopez struck out seven Shocker batters and held Wichita State to only two hits and a .125 team batting average on the night. Caitlin Bingham pitched all five innings for the Shockers and collected a strikeout for the sixth straight game.

After the Sooners flied out to center field in their first at-bat, Oklahoma drew a walk and collected a double to put runners in scoring position in the top of the first. Jocelyn Alo put the Sooners on the board first, hitting a home run to center field that put OU ahead 3-0.

Oklahoma followed up in the top of the third with a double to left center following a walk, with a single up the middle giving the Sooners a four-run lead. The Shockers tried to respond in the next half-inning with Neleigh Herring collecting a leadoff single, but the Shockers couldn't advance her following a Wylie Glover sacrifice bunt allowing the Sooners to protect their lead.

The Sooners collected a one-out single in the top of the fourth inning followed by Sydney Romero hitting her 50th career home run to push the Sooners out to a six-run lead.

Caleigh Clifton kept the heat on for Oklahoma, getting a leadoff single before Alo hit her second home run of the game to extend the lead 8-0 in the top of the fifth. A walk and a fielding error by Wichita State put runners on first and second with one out, but a strikeout from Bingham and a fly out to center field allowed the Shockers to end the inning. Lopez, however, ended the game in a run rule by striking out the last three Shocker batters.

Wichita State (28-21, 9-6) plays its last conference road series of the season beginning Friday at 6 p.m. against Tulsa on ESPNU. The Shockers look to take a jump in the American Athletic Conference standings, with Tulsa sitting three games ahead of the Shockers for second place.