April 15, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – No one needed to inform the Oklahoma softball team of the significance of Wednesday night’s game against Oklahoma State. The 15th-ranked Sooners knew that state bragging rights were on the line, but the game also had importance in the Big 12 standings. OU entered the game sitting in third and with just five conference games remaining; the contest might determine when OU opens play in next month’s Big 12 Tournament.
Oklahoma responded to the challenge at Marita Hynes Field to win the first softball game of the 2009 Bedlam Series, presented by The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Farm Bureau, 8-1. The Sooners (32-13, 9-4 Big 12) got four runs in the third and fourth innings to defeat the Cowgirls (28-15, 4-7 Big 12) in front of a crowd of 1,317.
After two scoreless innings, the Sooners broke the drought in the third. Sophomore Dani Dobbs singled to center field and moved to second on an error before senior Samantha Ricketts was intentionally walked with two outs. Freshman and Stillwater native Katie Norris came through for Oklahoma with a single through the left side to score Dobbs, who was called safe at home after a fantastic slide around OSU catcher Ashley Boyd. With two runners aboard, junior Lindsey Vandever belted her season-high seventh home run of the season over the center field wall to put OU up 4-0.
The Cowgirls put a run on the board in the top of the fourth when Boyd hit her first home run of the season off OU starter D.J. Mathis. It was the only run allowed by the senior.
In the bottom half of the inning, sophomores Krystle Huey and Haley Anderson each reached on singles, and freshman Evan Sallis singled through the left side to load the bases. Flores then turned on an 0-1 count to deliver the second grand slam of her career and 13th home run of the season over the left center field fence.
The junior duo led the Sooners offensively. Flores went 2-for-4, scoring a run and driving in four on the grand slam. Vandever was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and one scored. Norris tallied a 1-for-3 night, bringing in the one run and scoring on the Vandever home run. Ricketts was issued two walks on the evening.
Mathis went 5.1 innings, allowing four hits and the one earned run. She fanned seven and walked two to move to 11-4 on the year. Freshman Allee Allen pitched the remaining 1.2 innings, striking out two in the brief appearance.
The Sooners extended their win streak in the Bedlam series to 14 games and have now won 28 of the last 29 meetings. The two squads close out the series on Wednesday, April 29 in Stillwater.
Oklahoma closes out the 2009 regular season home schedule with Texas A&M this weekend. On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans receive a pink t-shirt in support of breast cancer awareness day. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. CT and the game will broadcast statewide by Sooner Sports Properties. Sunday’s home finale starts at noon CT and airs nationally on ESPN with Beth Mowins and Michele Smith calling the game.