Feb. 7, 2009
HONOLULU - The tenth-ranked Oklahoma softball team recorded a pair of shutout, run-rule wins on Friday afternoon at the Hawai'i Paradise Classic at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The Sooners (2-1) recorded a major offensive push to drop UAB (0-2), 18-0, in five innings and kept the bats hot, defeating No. 19 LSU (1-1), 8-0, in five innings.
The Sooners exploded for an 11-run first inning to dominate UAB in the 18-0 win. Junior Amber Flores was spectacular, going 3-for-4 with two three-run home runs, a double and driving in a single game, school-record eight runs.
Flores started the explosion with a two-run double to right center that scored sophomores Chana'e Jones and Krystle Huey, who each reached base on walks. Back-to-back hit by pitches put senior Samantha Ricketts and freshman Katie Norris on base. Flores then scored on a wild pitch. After senior Traci Dickenson was also hit by a pitch, UAB switched pitchers only to see OU continue to cross the plate.
Ricketts scored after sophomore Wendy Trott walked. Junior Lindsey Vandever reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Norris. Sophomore Dani Dobbs was then hit by a pitch. Huey then scored Dobbs, Vandever and Trott on a triple to right center. Jones walked for the second time in the inning and then Flores belted the first of her three-run home runs, bringing in Huey and Jones. Norris tacked on another single before the inning ended.
Martina Landrum led off the first with a single for UAB, but the Sooners retired the next three batters in order.
In the second, Vandever reached on a single and then second on a passed ball before Dobbs walked. Huey reached on an error and Vandever scored on a Jones sacrifice fly. Flores then hit her second three-run home run of the game to bring the score to 15-0 after two innings of play.
The Blazers went down in order in the second and the Sooners added another run on a Huey single to center, scoring senior Jeanne Douglas. In the third, UAB showed life after Catherine Douglass reached second on a Landrum base hit bunt. She later made it to third on a fielder's choice and was left on base at the end of the inning.
Flores walked to lead off the fourth but the Sooners went down in order. In the bottom half of the inning, the Blazers went three up, three down. OU added two runs in the fifth when sophomore Haley Anderson doubled and scored on freshman Evan Sallis' single. The hit also scored Vandever. UAB got a leadoff single from Laura Callaway in the fifth but the Blazers stranded one runner to end the game.
Freshmen Kirsten Allen and Allee Allen combined for the shutout. K. Allen allowed three hits in three innings pitched, while A. Allen allowed one hit and struck out four in two innings of work.
In addition to Flores' performance, Vandever was 3-for-4, scoring three runs. Huey was 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored.
In the second game, Oklahoma got on the board early against LSU. After getting just one hit in the opening inning, Oklahoma jumped on the board with five runs in the second inning. Norris doubled to right center and pinch runner Karolyne Long advanced to third on a fielder's choice, while Trott moved to second after reaching on the fielder's choice.
Long then scored on a wild pitch. Dobbs singled to left field and Trott took third on the hit. Huey scored Dobbs and Trott on a single before Jones singled to put Huey on second. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Flores then doubled to right, scoring Jones and Huey before the inning was over.
The Sooners added two runs in third inning. Long led off with a double and Dickenson singled. Both runners scored on a Vandever single to right. In the fifth, OU loaded the bases after Dickenson walked, Trott reached on an error and Dobbs walked. The game was called when Brittany Mack walked Jeannie Douglas to have pinch runner Anderson cross the plate for the eighth run.
D.J. Mathis pitched all fifth innings for OU, carrying a perfect game through three and two-thirds innings. She allowed two hits - one in the fourth, the other in the fifth. She struck out six and allowed no walks in the win.
Rachel Mitchell and Anissa Young had LSU's hits and Tiger starter Kirsten Shortridge (1-1) pitched 2.1 innings, giving up seven earned runs.