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OU softball: Sydney Romero comes double shy of Sooner history

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Oklahoma infielder Sydney Romero (2) fields a bunt during her team's game against Tulsa at Collins Family Softball Complex in Tulsa on Tuesday, March 17, 2018. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World
Oklahoma infielder Sydney Romero (2) fields a bunt during her team's game against Tulsa at Collins Family Softball Complex in Tulsa on Tuesday, March 17, 2018. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

NORMAN — A lack of at-bats was the only thing keeping Sydney Romero from a shot at Sooner softball history Friday night.

Romero lined a triple off the top of the center field wall in the first inning. She followed that with a second-inning single before blasting a home run to left-center field in the fourth inning.

Romero was in line to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, but Oklahoma closed out a 7-5 win against Baylor in the top half of the frame.

The senior third baseman was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI.

And a double shy of hitting for what would’ve been the first cycle in OU softball history.

“I didn’t even know,” Romero said after the game.

“We don’t even know when our pitchers throw no hitters,” coach Patty Gasso added. “Perfect game? What? We did?”

While Romero didn’t complete the cycle, she did set another milestone by hitting her 48th career home run. She tied Samantha Ricketts for sixth-most on OU’s career home run list. Romero needs two more to tie Keilani Ricketts at the half-century mark.

Romero entered the weekend with the Big 12 lead in home runs and slugging percentage while ranking second in batting average. A three-hit night in OU’s conference home opener boosted her average to .471 to go along with 14 home runs.

Yet there was little, if any, celebration in OU’s locker room after the game. Starting pitcher Giselle Juarez allowed five runs and three home runs in the narrow win. It was the most runs OU (33-2, 4-0 Big 12) had allowed in a victory all season.

Shannon Saile pitched the final two innings in scoreless fashion to notch her fourth save.

“I walked into the locker room and you would’ve thought we got run-ruled,” Gasso said. “There was just silence. We can’t be at our best and just dominate every team we play. It just doesn’t happen.”

And the near-cycle was certainly no cause for celebration. Few in the dugout were aware of it.

“If it was close and I needed a bunt from Syd but was like, ‘Oh gosh, she could hit a double…’ I would bunt,” Gasso said. “And she would say why didn’t you bunt me if I didn’t. We don’t care so much about that. We just care about winning.”

Gasso couldn’t resist a final crack at the cycle.

“Maybe one day,” she said with a wry smile. “I hope I’m alive to see that happen.”

Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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