Sooners Shutout Cowgirls In First Bedlam Showdown Of Season
OKLAHOMA CITY - The first Bedlam softball showdown of the season is in the books as Oklahoma shutout Oklahoma State 4-0 Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
Another strong night inside the circle for OU star Keilani Ricketts helped Oklahoma take the 71-70 series lead and moved the Sooners to 27-4 on the season while the Cowgirls fall to 16-13.
OU scored three runs all thanks to leadoff walks. The Sooners began the scoring in the first after Oklahoma State starter Kat Espinosa allowed Destinee Martinez a free ride, then Lauren Chamberlain stepped to the plate an managed a bases-loaded single to go up 1-0.
In the second, Oklahoma tacked on another run as once again a leadoff walk to Katie Norris put one aboard, then two batters later Jessica Shults sent a single to center and pinch runner Jessica Vest scored giving OU the 2-0 advantage.
After another leadoff walk came around in the third to go up 3-0, OU's Javen Henson added the Sooners final run in the bottom the sixth off sending a homerun to left-center for the 4-0 win.
Oklahoma had seven hits to OSU's one while leaving seven on base to OSU's three.
Ricketts moved to 15-4 on the year as she pitched her fourth one hitter of the season and struck out 10.
Kat Espinosa took the loss for Oklahoma State and is now 9-6 on the season. Espinosa gave up seven Oklahoma hits while walking three and striking out five.
Henson's long ball was her third home run of the season and Oklahoma's 46th in 31 games this season.
Kelsey Anchors got Oklahoma State's only hit of the game in the second inning with two outs, but was forced out on a fielder's choice the next batter.
Oklahoma State will host Texas A&M for a three game series starting Friday at 7 p.m. while Oklahoma also plays Friday at 7 p.m. against Kansas.