Pendley's Clutch Hits Key Comeback Win
|W - Stevens (13-5)||5.1||6||1||1||5||3|
|L - Corbello (9-4)||6.1||4||2||2||5||5|
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|OU - Pendley||3||1||2||2||1||1|
|LSU - Jaquish||4||1||1||1||0||1|
|Player of the Game|
|Shelby Pendley // Jr. // IF
Pendley had two of the Sooners' four hits Saturday and both came in clutch situations. Her solo home run in the sixth tied the game at 1-1 and marked the first hit of the day for the Sooners. Pendley did one better in the seventh with a game-winning walk-off single to center. In addition, she pitched 1.0 innings with no runs allowed.
NORMAN, Okla. – Junior Shelby Pendley hit the game-tying home run in the sixth inning and then delivered the walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh as No. 22/16 Oklahoma (20-8) came back to defeat LSU (19-11) on Saturday afternoon, 2-1.
Oklahoma was held hitless until the sixth inning when Pendley hit her team-leading ninth home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1. The homer was No. 50 of her career and her 31st as a Sooner.
It also marked the third time this season that she had broken up a no-hitter in the sixth inning or later, doing so with two outs in the seventh at Arizona State on Feb. 14 and last weekend to lead off the seventh at Louisiana-Lafayette on March 15.
In the seventh inning, sophomore Leslie Miller drew a leadoff walk and two batters later moved to second as junior Georgia Casey also walked. Senior Destinee Martinez singled to center field to load the bases, setting the stage for Pendley.
She fell behind 0-2 in the count, evened it up at 2-2 and then smoked a single into center field. It was OU’s seventh walk-off win of the year and the second game-ending hit by Pendley as she also had a two-run double against Michigan State on Feb. 16.
Pendley was 2-3 on the day with a run scored, two runs batted in and a walk. Additionally, she threw 1.0 innings in relief with a walk and two hits allowed, but no runs given up.
Sophomore Kelsey Stevens got the win to improve to 13-5 on the year. She pitched the first 3.1 innings before giving way to Casey. Stevens then re-entered in the sixth inning to get the final six outs. She struck out three and walked five while giving up six hits, but surrendered just a solo home run in the fourth to Sahvanna Jaquish.
Both teams had good scoring chances early in the game.
LSU put runners on first and second in the top of the first, but sophomore Whitney Ellis showed off her strong arm behind the plate. First, she started at 2-4-5 pickoff of speedy leadoff hitter A.J. Andrews, who entered the game with 22 steals in 23 attempts. She then threw out Bailey Landry trying to steal second to end the frame.
In the third, Andrews launched a one-out triple to center field, but Stevens answered with back-to-back strikeouts to keep the game knotted at 0-0.
Oklahoma threatened in the bottom of the inning as it loaded the bases with two outs, but Ellis struck out swinging.
LSU capitalized on OU’s missed opportunity as Jaquish led off the top of the fourth with a solo home run to left center, her team-leading ninth homer of the season.
The Tigers looked as if they would add to their lead as they loaded the bases with one out. Casey came in relief, though, and caught an infield fly before fielding a comebacker and flipping to Ellis at home for the final out.
The teams wrap up the two-game series Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m., and the game is airing on Fox Sports Southwest Plus.