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OU Batters Trojans, Stays Perfect in Fall
September 28, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma softball team extended its perfect fall season record to 5-0 shutting out Seminole State College, 15-0, in a scheduled 12-inning game at the OU Softball Complex Wednesday night.

The Sooners scored their runs from 14 RBIs, impressing head coach Patty Gasso and creating an identity of the team for the spring.

“That’s us,” Gasso said. “We’re not going to hit 90 homeruns.  We really work to get the leadoff on and then we find ways to move them through bunts, hit and runs something to get that runner into scoring position.”

OU opened up the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the fourth when Mariee Mena scored Jade Prather with a double to left and was plated by Savannah Long on a fielder’s choice.

Oklahoma added a single run in the third before opening up the flood gates in the eighth as the Sooners batted around the order in a six-run inning.

In the ninth, Amber Spaulding gave the home crowd its offensive highlight of the day with a grand slam that put the Sooners up by 13.

Despite the cushion, the Sooner defense shined, allowing only five runners to get into scoring position throughout the afternoon.  The Sooners’ D has only allowed runs in two of its 30 innings played this fall.

“They are really, really making plays,” Gasso said. “I’m anxious and excited about this infield, especially when Norelle’s (Dickson) playing well. You’re also going to see Traci Dickenson make a run at playing time in the middle infield. She’s with soccer right now, but she’s got great hands and is a great competitor. We’re going to have lots of balance.”

Sophomore pitchers Jadyn Smith and Stacy Braddock stifled the Lady Trojan batters, striking out nine and allowing only three hits. Braddock allowed only one base runner in her three innings of work.

“I was pleased with [Stacy]. She had complete control of her innings. I like what Jadyn did as well. She got four strikeouts and a couple hits. But nothing hit real hard.

“There were a lot of lessons learned today. That’s what we need to do with the fall.”

The Sooners return to action Tuesday, Oct. 11, against Northwestern Oklahoma State University at the OU Softball Complex in Norman. First pitch is schedule for 4 p.m.

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