NORMAN, Okla. Propelled by a Cat Osterman no-hitter, the No. 19 Oklahoma softball team (27-17-1, 4-9) was shut out by No. 2 Texas (43-4, 9-1), 2-0, Saturday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex. A crowd of 1,169 witnessed a Red River contest that was decided by one key offensive inning by the Longhorns. Additionally, the game lasted over two hours and 30 minutes due to a 45 minute rain delay.
UT’s leadoff batter Desiree Williams wasted no time as she opened the top of the first with a solo home run that sailed to deep left center field. Tina Boutelle followed with a double to left center field and scored the Horns’ second and final run of the game on a Chez Sievers RBI single.
OU starter D.J. Mathis settled down after the first inning and didn’t allow another run while only giving up four hits in the next six innings. Mathis fell to 10-5 on the year after striking out four batters and allowing seven hits on two earned runs.
“D.J. Mathis kept us in the game,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “It was great to see her do her job out there and give us a chance. Unfortunately, our offense couldn’t get anything going tonight , but I give credit to Cat Osterman because she was on fire for Texas tonight.”
Osterman, the NCAA career strikeout leader, recorded her fifth no-hitter of the year and 20th of her career after striking out 14 Sooners. The UT lefty was one batter within pitching a perfect game, but hit sophomore Savannah Long in the second frame.
Next, the Sooners will step out of conference play for its second meeting of the year against Tulsa. OU and TU will square off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at the OU Softball Complex.