In the final game of the regular season series, the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners dominated the Iowa State Cyclones in all facets of the game Sunday en route to a 14-0 mercy rule victory in five innings.
“Not that many good things happened today and it’s really frustrating for all of us,” said junior shortstop Sami Williams. “Who showed up today is not what we are as a team and that’s not how we know we can play.”
With this result, the Cyclones fall to 28-21 (4-11 Big 12) and remain in fifth place out of seven in the Big 12. Meanwhile, the Sooners remain in first place with a 15-0 record in conference play and improve to 44-2 this season. Iowa State's losses to Oklahoma ended a five-game winning streak.
Oklahoma has now won 40 conference games in a row and 34 games in a row against Iowa State.
“We didn’t pitch well, we didn’t hit well and this was just a game where they [Oklahoma] came out and dominated,” said Iowa State head coach Jamie Pinkerton. “We didn’t do anything well enough to make it competitive; we’re trying to make it an expectation to compete against a team like that and today I didn’t have them ready.”
The Sooners scored 14 runs off of 11 hits, four of which were home runs.
In conference play, Iowa State has shown they can be competitive and beat ranked opponents. However, on Sunday the Sooners controlled the game.
“We have shown that we have the capability to beat good teams like that, but it’s really frustrating when we come out and put ourselves in a losing position like that,” said senior right fielder Sydney Stites.
In the circle for the Sooners was Giselle Juarez who pitched all five innings and threw a perfect game.
Juarez faced 15 batters, had 12 strikeouts and allowed no walks en route to her 20th victory of the season.
“Offensively we needed to have better pitch selection and be more aggressive,” Stites said.
The Cyclones have one more Big 12 series left this season as they will host the Kansas Jayhawks who are 15-32 (3-12 Big 12) next weekend. However, the Cyclones will face in-state foe, the Drake Bulldogs in Des Moines on Wednesday.
Iowa State will likely have postseason plans in the Big 12 Tournament, which begins May 10 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Only the top six teams in the Big 12 qualify for the tournament and the Cyclones, being in fifth place, are in good shape to make it.
Still, the Cyclones have work to do.
“We have to go back to what we’ve been doing, and I think that this is a game that we have to flush and move on,” Pinkerton said. “I’m just disappointed that we didn’t play well.”