OU softball weekend recap: Sooners extend winning streak despite Alo’s absence
NORMAN — Oklahoma outfielder Jocelyn Alo didn't travel with the team last weekend for its series at Kansas.
Coach Patty Gasso recommended that Alo not make the trip, hoping the days off would give her slugger a chance to reset.
"I've been in places where athletes have gone to that area where they just need a break,” Gasso said. “She didn't do anything wrong. There's no punishment, nothing like that. It's more me caring about her as a person and giving her a breath. It was the right time to do it, and I do believe it's recharged her."
Alo hit 30 home runs last year, tying the OU single-season record and NCAA freshman record set by Lauren Chamberlain in 2012. She hit .420 with a .549 on-base percentage.
Her numbers have dipped this season. Alo is seventh on the team with a .361 average. She's hit seven home runs — fourth on the team, but well behind her freshman pace.
Weekend record: 3-0
Overall record: 38-2, 9-0
Junior left-hander Giselle Juarez (16-0) was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday for the third time this season.
Juarez pitched a six-inning shutout against Kansas in the series opener Friday. She allowed just one hit while striking out 11.
Freshman utility player Grace Green was named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week.
Green collected five hits in seven at-bats against the Jayhawks with three home runs and a double.
No. 1-ranked OU will travel to No. 10 Texas for a three-game set beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Sooners and Longhorns will then meet at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.