Softball Run-Rules Penn State, 8-0, in Five

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 17, 2013

March 17, 2013

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
 Oklahoma 6 2 0 0 0 X X 8 8 0
 Penn State 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 1 1
Box Score


 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W - Gascoigne 5.0 1 0 0 1 11
 L - Von Pusch 0.0 3 3 3 3 0
 S - None - - - - - -
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - Williams 2 1 2 2 0 0
 PSU - Bell 2 0 1 0 0 0
FULLERTON, Calif. -- No. 1 Oklahoma (26-1) used a six-run first inning and dominant pitching to coast to an 8-0, five-inning win over Penn State (7-16) on Sunday morning at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.

Senior pitcher Michelle Gascoigne kept up the team's season-long pitching prowess as she threw her sixth shutout of the year. The Benicia, Calif., native struck out 11 for her third straight double-digit strikeout performance and seventh of the season.

Gascoigne allowed a lone single in the first inning before retiring 12 consecutive batters, including seven straight strikeouts over the first, second and third innings.

For Oklahoma it was the team's sixth-straight shutout, one off the school record of seven straight shutouts first set from March 8-15, 1997 and matched from Feb. 23-March 2, 2008. OU's current run of scoreless innings stands at 35, the second time this season they've enjoyed a run that long.

Oklahoma's offense took advantage of erratic Penn State pitching in the first inning, scoring six runs on three hits and six walks.

The first three batters all reached on walks from Nittany Lions starter Christy Von Pusch, prompting a pitching change. With Rachel Myers on in relief, senior Jessica Shults lifted a fly ball to left field to score sophomore Lauren Chamberlain from third.

A walk to senior Keilani Ricketts loaded the bases back up and junior Brittany Williams doubled off the wall in left field to score two more runs. That was followed by a two-run single by junior Javen Henson, pushing the Sooners' lead to 5-0.

Later in the frame, with Henson on second and senior Brianna Turang on first, Chamberlain hit a hard single to center field to score the Sooners' sixth run.

In the second, Oklahoma scored two more runs to put the run rule into effect.

Shults led off the inning with her fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to center field. The blast also extended her school and Big 12 record to 58 career homers.

Ricketts followed with a walk before freshman Paris Townsend came on to pinch run. Williams then laced her second double of the game to left center to push Townsend to third base. With two in scoring position, Henson grounded out to short, but that allowed Townsend to score the game's final run.



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