OU softball: Sooners' streak snapped by Wisconsin in regional
NORMAN — The nation’s longest single-season winning streak is over. Wisconsin, on back-to-back squeeze bunts in the sixth inning, beat Oklahoma 2-1 on Sunday in the Norman Regional.
OU’s streak that started on Feb. 23 was snapped after 41 consecutive wins.
The Sooners managed just five hits against Wisconsin pitcher Kaitlyn Menz. One of the hits came on the first pitch OU saw. Senior third baseman Sydney Romero smashed a home run off the left-field scoreboard, but that represented OU’s lone run.
The Sooners led until the sixth inning. Shannon Saile, who came in to relieve starter Mariah Lopez, allowed a leadoff walk. She was replaced by OU ace Giselle Juarez, who threw 95 pitches Saturday and 34 on Friday. Juarez hit a batter, and then both runners advanced on a wild pitch.
The Badgers followed with perfectly laid down squeeze bunts to scrape two runs across.
Oklahoma passed the 1997 South Carolina squad for the longest single-season winning streak in college softball history. The all-time streak, Arizona’s 47 consecutive wins across the 1996-97 seasons, still stands.
OU and Wisconsin will face off in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Marita Hynes Field. The winner will advance to the super regionals.