AMES, IA — Jocelyn Alo hit two more home runs and had five RBIs and Giselle Juarez hung on to a complete game victory as No. 1-ranked Oklahoma opened Big 12 Conference play with a 9-7 victory at Iowa State’s Cyclone Sports Complex.
The Cyclones scored five runs off Juarez in the bottom of the seventh, including a two-out, two-run homer by Mikayla Ramos that made it 9-7, but Juarez then struck out Milaysia Ochoa to end it — Juarez's 11th strikeout of the game.
With the score tied 2-2, Alo hit a three-run bomb in the top of the second inning to put the Sooners ahead 5-2. Alo extended her hitting streak to 37 games.
Then in the fourth, with Nicole Mendes on second base, Alo mashed another home run down the left field line for a 7-2 lead.
Kinzie Hansen and Jayda Coleman each had two hits, and Taylon Snow had two RBIs as OU improved to 23-0 on the season. Iowa State fell to 22-6.
It's OU's 30th consecutive win and 44th in a row against Big 12 opponents. The Sooners' 23-0 start this season ties the program record.
It was Iowa State’s first home games in 678 days — a span of 55 straight games away from home.
The teams meet again Saturday at 1 p.m.