March 15, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - The ninth-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team closed out the 2009 Judi Garman Classic Sunday morning with an 8-0, five-inning win over Bowling Green. The Sooners (23-8) posted 10 hits on the morning, including a three-run shot by freshman Katie Norris. The Falcons (4-13) recorded just three hits as OU starter freshman Kirsten Allen tossed her second shutout of the year.
The scoreless game last until the bottom of the fourth inning when Oklahoma junior Amber Flores walked to lead off the inning and senior Samantha Ricketts singled through the right side. A sacrifice bunt from junior Lindsey Vandever moved the runners over a base and Norris' third home run of the season on a 1-2 count cleared the bases to put OU up 3-0.
The Falcons threatened to answer in the top half of the fifth inning when Karmen Coffey singled down the right field line and Haleigh Bielstein walked to put two runners on with one out. After registering the inning's second out, Rachel Proehl hit an infield single to load the bases. Melissa West then hit into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Oklahoma's offense exploded in the bottom half of the fifth. Freshman Evan Sallis lead off with single to the pitcher and stole second. After Flores walked, Ricketts doubled down the right field line to score Sallis and Flores. Vandever then doubled to left center to score Ricketts. After a Bowling Green pitching change, Vandever advanced to third on a passed ball and Norris walked. Sophomore Chana'e Jones then doubled to left center to score Vandever. Senior Jeannie Douglas then doubled to center to score Norris as the game ended with two runners left on base.
Ricketts led the Sooners at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and driving in two more. Norris was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and three RBI. Jones also went 2-for-3 on the day, bringing in one run.
Allen was impressive on the mound, giving up just three hits and issuing one walk. Allen struck out three of the 20 batters she faced. Hayley Wiemer (2-10) picked up the loss for the Falcons. She went 4.1 innings, allowing eight hits and seven earned runs.
Oklahoma returns to action Wednesday afternoon, hosting Northern Iowa in a 6 p.m. CDT contest at the OU Softball Complex.