Feb. 26, 2010
CATHEDRAL CITY - The 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team rebounded from a loss earlier in the day to down Oregon State, 6-1, Friday evening at the Cathedral City Classic. Freshman Jessica Shults again provided the power in the lineup. Shults finished the game 2-for-3 with four RBI, including a three-run home run. Freshman Keilani Ricketts picked up her seventh win of the season after pitching four innings of relief.
With the Beavers threatening in the fourth inning, a big defensive stop from a trio of Sooners gave OU the momemtum needed to secure the win. With two runners on base with no outs, Ricketts entered the game in relief of starter Kirsten Allen. After the base runners advanced on a wild pitch, Audrey Roderfield hit a fly ball to center that was caught by freshman Brianna Turang. Turang then threw the ball to cutoff Amber Flores who relayed it to Shults to gun down pinch runner Kilee Lippincott at home plate.
The Sooners jumped on the board in the first inning when junior Haley Nix reached on a single and Flores walked before Shults scored Nix on a single through the right side. Flores then scored on a wild pitch to put OU up early. The Beavers got one run back in the bottom half of the inning when Ashley Sanchez scored on an obstruction call at home plate.
Oklahoma tallied a single run in the fifth when senior Lindsey Vandever scored on a Karolyne Long sacrifice fly. In the sixth, Turang singled through the left side and stole second before Flores drew a walk. Shults then delivered her second three-run home run of the day on a 3-2 pitch to right center field.
Oklahoma closes out action at the Cathedral City Classic Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. CT contest against Hawai'i. Visit Gameday Central for complete game information.