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Softball Sweeps First Day of Invitational
March 11, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. The No. 14 Oklahoma softball team added two more wins to its 18-6-1 overall record after taking a 10-1 win over North Texas (10-11) in six innings and following that performance with a 19-7 victory over Utah Valley State (5-12) in the first day of action at the OU/Worth Invitational Saturday at the OU Softball Complex. 

In the second game of the night, the Sooners used a huge 10-run inning in the top of the seventh to put Utah Valley State away and earn the 19-7 victory.

Junior Norrelle Dickson opened the game with a single to left field to get the Sooners started as they were the visiting team in the contest.  Senior Kristin Vesely added an RBI single to center field to score Dickson and give OU the 1-0 lead.  It was followed by a Mariee Mena RBI to score Amber Spaulding and give the Sooners the 2-0 advantage.

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Utah Valley State answered with a huge first inning where it scored seven runs on four hits. The Wolverines opened the bottom of the frame with two straight singles and two walks to tie the game up at two apiece before Jadyn Smith came in to relieve OU starter Nicole Denes. 

The Wolverines continued their scoring in the first after a single and a grand slam by Kaeleigh Forsyth gave the Wolverines the 7-2 lead before Smith retired the final three batters.

OU’s D.J. Mathis came in for relief of Smith in the second inning and pitched five innings while allowing only one hit and no runs and striking out a career-best seven batters. 

The Sooners added three more runs in the second and another in the fifth inning, but Oklahoma wouldn’t take the lead until the sixth frame.

Freshman Traci Dickenson tied the game up for the Sooners in the top of the sixth with a homer, her third of the year, to center field to even it up at seven all.  Dickenson’s homer sparked the offense as Dickson followed with a single and Spaulding sent her fifth home run, a team-best, of the year to deep center field as OU took the 9-7 lead.  Spaulding has hit a home run in the past three straight games for the Sooners.

Oklahoma poured it on in the final inning as it pounded 10 runs on seven hits to put the game away for good.  Freshman catcher Samantha Ricketts highlighted the seventh inning with her second home run of the day, a shot over the right field wall. 

Utah Valley State’s Heidi Boyer (1-5) took the loss after giving up 12 earned runs on 16 hits through six innings of work.  Mathis pushed her record to 4-1 on the season.  Fellow freshman hurler Morgan Hudsonpillar came in for relief in the final inning and allowed only one hit before retiring the side.

Offensively, OU was led by multiple Sooners as Spaulding recorded a career-high four RBI and Kristin Vesely and Dickenson each went 4-for-5 at the plate with two RBI each.  Dickson added three RBI on a 3-for-5 performance.  Additionally, pinch hitter Jeannie Douglas recorded her first hit in a Sooner uniform with a single to center field in the seventh inning.
 
In game one against the Mean Green of North Texas, sophomore Jadyn Smith earned her second win of the season after relieving OU starter Morgan Hudsonpillar after two and one-third innings.  Smith threw a no-hitter in 2.2 innings of work and fanned three batters while holding UNT scoreless before freshman hurler D.J. Mathis came in to pitch the final inning where she allowed no earned runs and two hits en route to the Sooner victory.  In the first 2.1 innings, Hudsonpillar allowed no runs on two hits while striking out three.

Offensively, junior Amber Spaulding got the Sooners going in the top of the third with a solo home run to left field to give OU its first lead of the game. 

Two batters later, catcher Samantha Ricketts sent another solo home run over the right field wall to give the Sooners the 2-0 advantage after three innings. 

Oklahoma opened the lead in the bottom of the fourth after Jessica Legendre’s single to left field to lead off the inning was followed by a Norrelle Dickson RBI single to center field to score Legendre.  Spaulding followed that with her second hit of the day, a hard-hit grounder to center field.  Next, Kristin Vesely hit OU’s third consecutive single of the inning to left field to load the bases for Ricketts.

On the ensuing play, Ricketts walked to score Dickson as junior Mariee Mena followed that with a two RBI single to left field to give Oklahoma the 7-0 advantage after four frames.

UNT scored its lone run of the game after Susan Waters singled to centerfield and advanced to third on a Sooner error.  Waters reached home on a fielder’s choice.

In the bottom of the sixth, Oklahoma was back at it as Ricketts led off the inning with walk, followed by back-to-back singles by Jamie Fox and Mariee Mena.  Dickson finished the game off with a two RBI single to center field to give Oklahoma the 10-1 run-rule victory.

The Sooners will finish tournament action with another doubleheader on Sunday.  Oklahoma will face Utah Valley State at 12:15 p.m. followed by a 2:30 p.m. contest against North Texas at the OU Softball Complex.

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