Sooners Finish Sweep of UAB
NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 12 Oklahoma softball team (39-10) completed a three-game sweep of UAB (29-23) Sunday with a 6-4 victory. The win over the Blazers, who entered the game with an RPI of 33, pushes OU's non-conference winning streak to 10 games.
Trailing 2-0 in the second, Oklahoma took the lead with a four-run second inning. Sophomore Leslie Miller scored on an error, while a run-scoring single from sophomore Kady Self tied the game at 2-2. Junior Georgia Casey then reached on an infield single that scored two runs.
After UAB tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth, OU answered in the bottom of the frame as Self singled, stole second and came around with the winning run on a single to right by senior Brittany Williams.
Casey and senior Destinee Martinez each went 3-for-4 to lead the OU offense. That tied a career high in hits for Casey, who has now done it eight times in her career. For Martinez, it was one off her career high set earlier this year against Oregon State on Feb. 20.
The win was earned by sophomore Taylor Dewbery, who was making the first start of her career. She struck out two and allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings to improve her record to 3-0 on the season.
Junior Shelby Pendley recorded her fourth save of the season as she threw three scoreless innings of relief. She struck out two and gave up just two hits with no walks.
No. 15 Tulsa Wins 9-4, Completes Sweep of Middle Tennessee
TULSA, Okla. – Sophomore Caitlin Sill pitched six solid innings and Julie Kernen, Emma Horton and Haley Henshaw each contributed two RBI to lead the 15th-ranked Tulsa softball team as it completed the series sweep of Middle Tennessee with a 9-4 win Sunday afternoon at the Collins Family Softball Complex.
The start of the game was delayed two-and-a-half hours, but by first pitch the field was basted by sunlight. The Golden Hurricane (45-5, 18-2 C-USA), which clinched the Conference USA regular season championship on Saturday, answered Middle Tennessee's two runs in the first with five of its own in the bottom of the inning. TU added two runs in the third and two more runs in the fifth frame. The Blue Raiders (8-42, 2-18 C-USA) scored twice in the seventh.
Sill (10-2) picked up her 10th victory of the season, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts in the outing. Kernen continued her torrid hitting of late with a two-run double in the first inning. The junior first baseman finished the four-game week with seven hits, including four doubles, and nine RBI in nine at bats.
Horton got the start at designated player, and the senior hit a two-run double and scored twice. The senior right fielder Henshaw went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Freshman third baseman Maggie Withee was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run. In all, nine players had a hit and eight scored a run for the Hurricane.
Middle Tennessee took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out, two-run home run by catcher Laura Dukes.
Tulsa responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Senior shortstop Jill Barrett started with a line drive base hit to center field. That hit broke her own single season school record, and she now has 84 hits this season, surpassing her total of 83 in 2013.
Senior second baseman Shelby Blanton followed with a single to right field, and after a line out to center, Kernen lined a double to the left center field gap to make the score 2-2. Sophomore left fielder Jodi Edmiston walked and Horton hit a two-out, two-run double just over the third base bag to give TU a 4-2 lead. Withee then doubled to left center, scoring Horton.
The Hurricane picked up two more runs in the third inning on an RBI single by Henshaw and an RBI fielder's choice by Barrett. Horton drew a one-out walk and Withee singled through the right side. Henshaw then sent a base hit between first and second to score Horton, and Barrett reached on a groundout to second, allowing Withee to cross the plate.
TU added two more runs in the fifth inning to extend its lead to 9-2. Senior center fielder Cierra Hughes led off the frame with her fifth home run of the season – a shot to right center. Pinch hitter Kaitlin Allen walked, and Henshaw tripled off the diving right fielder's glove.
The Blue Raiders scored two unearned runs with two out in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded walk by Dukes and an RBI fielder's choice by left fielder McKena Miller.
After the home run in the first inning, Sill retired eight consecutive batters. She stranded the bases loaded in the fourth inning with a strikeout looking, and sat down the final four batters she faced in the fifth and sixth stanzas. Junior Bailey Erwin pitched the seventh inning in relief.
Tulsa has set five new team records in 2014, four of which were broken this weekend. To this point in the season, the Golden Hurricane has: 319 runs, surpassing the 296 runs scored in 2013; 289 RBI, surpassing the 271 RBI in 2013; 50 home runs, surpassing the 47 hit in 2010; 16 triples, surpassing the record of 14 reached four times; and 721 total bases, surpassing the 695 in 2013.
The Golden Hurricane plays host to Oklahoma State at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Collins Family Softball Complex.
Softball Drops Rubber Game to Texas, 3-0
AUSTIN, Texas – The Oklahoma State softball team dropped the rubber match of a three-game series against Texas 3-0 Sunday afternoon at McCombs Field.
Texas (30-19, 9-4 Big 12) took the lead in the bottom of the second inning on a double by Many Ogle that scored Devon Tunning and Kelli Hanzel. The Longhorns added one more in the inning to go up 3-0.
Pitching took over for both teams for the remainder of the contest. OSU starter Simone Freeman (20-13) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out three. Her counterpart, Gabby Smith (13-4) went seven innings, allowing no runs, three hits and striking out two.
The three hits on the day for the Cowgirls (25-23, 5-11) came from Tiffany Mikkelson who had lead off singles in the top of the fourth and sixth innings, and Shelby Davis, who led the seventh off with a base hit down the left field line. However, the Cowgirls stranded 10 runners on base.
The Cowgirls return to action Wednesday, April 30, when they travel to Tulsa for a rematch of last Wednesday's pitcher's duel against the Golden Hurricane. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.