March 5, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma freshman Keilani Ricketts drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning as the 11th-ranked Sooners came from behind to defeat Nevada, 8-7, on Friday evening. The Sooners (13-2) were led by junior Haley Nix’s 3-for-5 performance. Nix hit a solo home run to score the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman Jessica Shults also went 3-for-5, scoring two runs. The Wolf Pack (6-7) recorded 10 hits and overcame five errors to force extra innings.
OU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when freshman Brianna Turang led off with a single to left field and stole second. Turang moved to third on an Amber Flores single and both runners scored when Nix reached base on a throwing error.
Nevada struck back in the second, adding three runs after Ricketts walked the first three batters of the inning. Danielle Patrick’s single brought home Britton Murdock and Amanda Nims reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Kelsey Starr. Lauren Lastrapes then scored on a wild pitch to give the Wolf Pack a 3-2 advantage early in the game. After holding OU scoreless in the bottom half, Nevada pushed the lead to 4-2 in the top of the third when Sam Bias scored on a wild pitch.
The Sooners answered with a run in the bottom frame. Junior Chana’e Jones drew a one-out walk, moved to second on a groundout and then to third on a single by Shults. Nix then reached on a fielding error that scored Jones.
Oklahoma tacked on three more runs in the fifth. Flores led off the inning with a walk and Shults singled to reach base. After two Wolf Pack miscues, Flores and Shults both stood in scoring position on third and second, respectively. With one out, senior Lindsey Vandever turned on a 2-2 count and cleared the left field wall on a line drive for her fourth home run of the season.
With one out in the seventh, Nevada struck back to regain the edge. Jessica Haight doubled to right center and Bias singled and moved to second on OU’s only error of the night. Murdock then delivered her fourth home run of the season to give the Wolf Pack a 7-6 advantage with just one out. After the Sooners recorded the final two outs of the inning, OU faced its final three outs.
Nix came through for OU, hitting her fourth home run of the season after battling to a full count. Vandever drew a walk but the Sooners were unable to put the game away.
Both teams were held scoreless in the eighth and the Wolf Pack went down in order in the top of the ninth. Shults doubled to right center to lead off the inning and Nix singled up the middle before Vandever was intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. Ricketts then came through fighting to a full count before drawing ball four to plate Shults for the gamewinner.
Ricketts started the game in the circle and gave up four earned runs on five hits before being taken out in favor of sophomore Kirsten Allen. Allen pitched the game’s final 6.2 innings, moving to 4-0 on the year after allowing three earned runs on five hits. Allen struck out seven.
Katie Holverson started the game for Nevada and was pulled after five innings. Holverson re-entered in the eighth inning and picked up the loss, falling to 2-4 on the year. Holverson allowed seven runs; five earned on 10 hits, walked five and struck out five. Mallary Darby pitched two complete innings, allowing just one earned run and one hit.
Flores scored two runs for OU and Turang ended the game 1-for-4 with one run scored. Vandever’s only hit of the night was her home run, and she drew two walks on the evening. Sophomore Katie Norris and Ricketts each had a hit.
The Sooners return to action Saturday at The Preview featuring Bedlam at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. The Bedlam matchup with 25th-ranked Oklahoma State begins at 3 p.m. CT. The Sooners then face 14th-ranked Louisville at 5:30 p.m. CT.