NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 23 Oklahoma softball team shut out Kansas, 2-0, in game one of the doubleheader Sunday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex.
Freshman D.J. Mathis pitched her third shutout of the year while the Sooner offense was led by Kristin Vesely and Jamie Fox, who each added an RBI in the contest.
With the game scoreless through the top of the fourth, Vesely drove in OU’s first run of the game with a single to right field to score Norrelle Dickson. Prior to Vesely’s RBI single, Oklahoma (31-18-1, 7-10 Big 12) had runners at the corners after Dickson reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third on an Amber Spaulding’s single, her second hit of the game.
Fox, pinch hitting in the sixth, added an insurance run with an RBI double to center field that scored Mariee Mena and pushed the Sooner lead to 2-0.
In addition to Fox and Vesely’s contributions at the plate, Spaulding and Mena each added 2-for-3 outings.
Mathis tied her career high with seven strikeouts in her eighth complete game of the year. The lefty pushed her overall record to 11-6 after holding Kansas (27-23, 6-9 Big 12) to only four hits and zero runs.
KU starter Serena Settlemier, the USA Softball National Player of the Week, fell to 15-6 after giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits in six innings.
The Sooners and Jayhawks began game two of the doubleheader at 1:30 p.m. The second game of the twin bill will mark OU’s final Big 12 regular season game.