LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech softball fell to No. 7 Oklahoma, 14-3, in five innings Sunday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field in Tech's final home game of the 2017 season.
The loss moves Tech to 17-29 overall and 4-14 in Big 12 play as the Red Raider conclude their home portion of the schedule. Oklahoma remains atop the league standings at 44-8, 14-1 in Big 12 play and has won 21 of its last 22 games overall.
Oklahoma outslugged the Red Raiders 15-4 Sunday on their way to the series sweep. Sooners Shay Knighten and Nicole Pendley combined for four hits and nine RBI in the game.
"Anytime that you know on your schedule that you're home stand with the reigning national champions, you always expect it to be a challenge," head coach Adrian Gregory said. "I felt like our kids played hard. Oklahoma is an incredible ball club, and they do a lot of things right. For us, it's about finding ways that we can learn from each game and continue to be better, but I thought our kids played really hard. I think our senior class has given a lot to this program and I respect and am proud of how they continue to play the game no matter what the score is or what the weather is. I was really proud of them today."
While Tech recognized three more members from its nine-player senior class Sunday, it was a trio of sophomore who led the way for Tech. Outfielder Kiani Ramsey went 1-2 at the plate with an RBI groundout in the top of the third that scored second baseman Kiana Workman. First baseman Jessica Hartwell went 1-3 at the plate with an RBI also in the third that cut the Sooner lead to 5-2. Workman finished 0-1 at the plate with a walk and run scored.
After Tech made it a 5-2 game in the third, Oklahoma responded with five runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to pull away.
Freshman Kassidy Scott receives the loss after throwing 3.1 innings. While Tech used all five pitchers Saturday for the first time this season, Tech came back with four Sunday, including senior Mattison Maisel, junior Cheyene Powell and freshman Hannah Broseman.
The Red Raiders wrap up their regular season this week with a doubleheader at UTSA Wednesday and a trip to Colorado State next weekend where Tech will take on Colorado State and South Dakota for two games each.
Texas Tech celebrated three of its nine seniors Saturday, including catcher Susan Welborn, pitcher Mattison Maisel and infielder Ashley Fultz.
Texas Tech moves to 7-48 all-time versus Oklahoma and has lost 15 straight.
Fourteen runs is the most Tech has given up in a game this season.
Freshman pitcher Kassidy Scott started 15 of Tech's 18 Big 12 games this season and leads the league in appearances with 39.
Junior Allison Knopp made her first Big 12 plate appearance of the season in the fourth, reaching on a fielder's choice.
After using five pitchers Saturday for the first time this season, Tech used four more Sunday.
Senior Kierra Miles recorded her 208th career hit and 133 career runs Sunday.
Sophomore Kiani Ramsey has hit safely in seven of eight games.
Senior Susan Welborn recorded her seventh double of the season.
The Red Raiders, who lead the Big 12 in home runs, were held without a home run for their third straight game after previously hitting a home run in seven straight.
It marks the first time this season Tech has gone three straight games without a home run.