Feb. 25, 2009
TULSA, Okla. - The seventh-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team defeated the University of Tulsa, 7-3, Wednesday evening at the Hardesty Complex. The Sooners (13-3) got a fifth-inning grand slam from senior Samantha Ricketts to regain a lead they never relinquished. The Golden Hurricane fell to 10-4 on the year.
The Sooners got on the board in the top of the first inning when freshman Evan Sallis scored on a single by junior Amber Flores. Sallis reached on an error to start the inning. The Sooners added another base runner in the second when sophomore Chana'e Jones walked but a Tulsa double play cleared the bases and the inning ended without OU putting another runner on base. Flores reached in the third on her second hit of the game but Oklahoma stranded her to end the inning.
With two outs in the fourth, Jones singled to left field to give the Sooners a runner on first but she was stranded to end the inning. Tulsa responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs to take the lead. Katie Yarmer led off with a base hit and reached second on a walk by Brooke Smart. Lauren Menke singled to load the bases with one out and Yarmer scored on a sacrifice fly by Jessica Stoelke. The Golden Hurricane added a second run when Smart scored after Stephanie Chomicki reached on an error.
Oklahoma answered in the top of the fifth when Ricketts became the first OU player to record 200 career RBI with her grand slam. Ricketts scored sophomore Dani Dobbs and Jones, who reached on back-to-back singles and Flores, who reached after being hit by a pitch.
The Sooners added another run in the sixth when Jones scored after reaching on a double to center field. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out RBI by Dobbs. Sallis scored again in the bottom of the seventh on a Ricketts RBI single.
Tulsa added a run in the bottom of the seventh on a double by Lauren Lindsay that scored Skylar Swanson.
Freshman Kirsten Allen went the distance for the Sooners, improving to 3-0 on the year. Allen gave up three runs, two of them earned. She walked two on the evening.
Ricketts led OU offensively, going 2-for-4 with five runs driven in and one run scored. Flores went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Jones was perfect on the night, going 2-for-2 with a walk.
Jackie Lawrence (6-1) threw a complete game for Tulsa. Of the Sooners' seven runs, six were earned.