Walk-Off Home Run Pushes Missouri Past OU
April 16, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Abby Vock hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as 14th-ranked Missouri downed 15th-ranked Oklahoma 3-2 Saturday afternoon. The pitcher's duel last two hours and 36 minutes as the two teams combined for five runs on 16 hits.
The Sooners (33-12, 6-4 Big 12) never led in the game but responded to tie the contest twice. Keilani Ricketts (20-8) allowed the three earned runs on nine hits, her most allowed in a single game. Ricketts allowed one walk and struck out 16 to move her single season total to 306. Ricketts joins Jill Most as the only Sooner pitcher to have two or more 300-plus strikeout seasons in a career.
Missouri starter Chelsea Thomas (19-3) allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks. Thomas struck out a career high 17.
The Tigers (36-5, 8-1 Big 12) scored in the bottom of the first as Jenna Marston reached on a single and stole second before scoring on a Catherine Lee single to center field.
Oklahoma got the equalizer in the fifth when Dani Dobbs reached with a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Brianna Turang's single.
Missouri re-took the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Maddison Ruggeberg reached on a fielder's choice and came around to score on a double by Nicole Hudson.
The Sooners aided from a Missouri throwing error as Destinee Martinez scored to even the score at 2-2 in the sixth.
After ending regulation tied 2-2 neither team scored in the eight despite each have a batter reach base. Missouri kept OU off the board in the top of the ninth as the Sooners stranded pinch runner Ali Vandever at first.
With one out in the bottom of the inning, Vock connected on a full count pitch for the game-winning solo shot to left field.
Hudson and catcher Megan Christopher each had two hits for the Tigers. Martinez led all batters, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Chana'e Jones also had two hits for OU.
The two teams close out the series Sunday at 3 p.m. CT with a nationally televised contest on ESPN.