April 19, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - Senior pitcher D.J. Mathis went the distance as the 15th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners defeated Texas A&M, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex. Despite the windy and cool conditions, Oklahoma (34-13, 11-4 Big 12) recorded six hits to sweep the Aggies (27-17, 5-7 Big 12) for the first time since the 2003 season.
In her first complete game since April 1, Mathis struck out six batters, walking two and allowing one earned run on four hits. Offensively, junior Amber Flores led Oklahoma, going 1-for-1 on the day with her first triple of the season. Flores drew two walks. Freshman Katie Norris went 2-for-3.
The Sooners got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Flores led off with a walk and senior Samantha Ricketts followed with a single to the pitcher. After junior Lindsey Vandever hit another single back to the mound, Norris reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases with two outs. Freshman Karolyne Long then delivered a single up the middle to score Ricketts and Vandever. It was Long's first two-out hit this season.
Texas A&M answered with a run in the top of the third inning. Rhiannon Kliesing singled up the middle and Erin Glasco was issued a two-out walk to put runners on first and second for the Aggies. Alex Reynolds then singled to left field to score Kliesing.
Oklahoma added a run in the fifth when Flores hit her first triple of the season on a fly ball to right field. Flores then scored on Ricketts' second sacrifice fly of the season.
Norris recorded her first hit in the third, after reaching on a single up the middle. She put a second on the board in the fifth with a double to left center.
On the week, Flores was 6-for-8 with five runs scored. She drove in six on a double, one triple and two home runs, including a grand slam Wednesday evening against Oklahoma State. Flores posted a 1.875 slugging percentage, drawing three walks to tally a .818 on-base percentage.
The Sooners travel to Denton Wednesday evening for their final non-conference game of the season. First pitch between Oklahoma and North Texas is set for 6 p.m. CDT.