LINCOLN, Neb.The No. 17 Oklahoma softball team was shut out by No. 19 Nebraska, 3-0, in the second game of the doubleheader in Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday afternoon. The Sooners fell to 24-13-1 and 1-5 in the conference while the Huskers improved to 24-6 and 2-2 in Big 12 play.
The second game of the twin bill featured little offense for both teams as Oklahoma recorded only three hits and Nebraska posted five in the contest. The lone Sooners to record a hit in the shut out were Amber Spaulding, Susan Ogden and Traci Dickenson, who all recorded singles.
Similar to the first game of the twin bill, the Huskers jumped out to a 3-0 early lead in the first after costly back-to-back home runs. Crystal Carwile pounded her second home run of the day with a two-run shot to left field and was followed by Trisha Tannahill’s solo homer over the center field wall. NU took the 3-0 lead and would never score again after the first inning.
OU starter Morgan Hudsonpillar was replaced by freshman D.J. Mathis after 2/3 of an inning. Hudsonpillar finished the game with three earned runs on three hits. Mathis retired the next batter and the Sooners were out of the first inning.
Oklahoma threatened in the top of the fifth as the Sooners had the bases loaded after a Traci Dickenson single and Norrelle Dickson reached on an error and Kristin Vesely was intentionally walked. However, the Sooners weren’t able to capitalize as freshman Samantha Ricketts popped up to the second baseman to end the inning.
Mathis was impressive in the circle as she held the Huskers to no runs on only two hits while fanning three Huskers in 5.1 innings of work.
Nebraska hurler Molly Hill pushed her overall mark to 13-1 after holding the Sooners scoreless on only three hits. Ashley DeBuhr, who earned the win in game one of the doubleheader, recorded her second save of the season after coming in for relief in the final 2.2 innings and allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out four Sooners.
Originally, the Sooners were slated to play game two of the series on Sunday, but forecasted rain in the area pushed both teams to play a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Sooners will continue their seven-game road stretch with a trip to Stillwater, Okla., as they take on Oklahoma State in game one of the Bedlam series this Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and sooner alum Kami Keiter (color) will be calling the game on KOCO (1520 AM).