March 28, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas – The eighth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners dropped a 15-6 decision to the University of Texas Saturday afternoon. The Sooners (27-9, 4-1 Big 12) recorded six runs on six hits, while the Longhorns (25-11, 3-1 Big 12) totaled 15 runs on 14 hits. OU starter D.J. Mathis fell to 8-3 on the year, allowing seven earned runs.
The Longhorns jumped up 4-0 after one inning of play and added one run in the fifth before exploding for eight runs in the third. UT then added two in the fourth and did not allow OU to score two runs to keep the game alive in the fifth.
The Sooners scored two runs in the top of the third inning. Sophomore Dani Dobbs walked to lead off the inning and sophomore Haley Anderson reached on a double to right center. Freshman Evan Sallis singled to the pitcher and then sophomore Chana’e Jones reached on a fielder’s choice that saw Dobbs out at home. With the bases loaded, junior Amber Flores walked to bring in Anderson and senior Samantha Ricketts hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Sallis.
Oklahoma added four runs in the fourth. With two outs, Dobbs was hit by a pinch and scored on Anderson’s double to right field. Anderson moved to third on the throw home. Sallis then walked and Anderson and Sallis scored on freshman Karolyne Long’s pinch-hit home run to left field. Flores singled down the right field line before the inning ended.
Long’s home run was her only hit. Anderson went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and recorded one RBI. Flores went 1-for-2 with one walk.
Oklahoma’s pitchers struggled to find rhythm on the day. Mathis faced two batters in the second before being replaced by freshman Kirsten Allen. Mathis re-entered the game in the fourth inning. Allen pitched 1.2 innings, allowing six earned runs. Freshman Samantha Bachman pitched one-third of an inning, giving up two earned runs.
Texas started Brittany Barnhill pitched all five innings allowing Oklahoma’s six earned runs.
The two teams close out the series Sunday afternoon with a noon contest at McCombs Field.