April 22, 2009
DENTON, Texas – The 13th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team closed out its regular season non-conference action Wednesday night with a 7-3 win over North Texas. The Sooners (35-13) got multiple-hit performances from freshman Karolyne Long and sophomore Dani Dobbs to drop the Mean Green (25-23).
Oklahoma scored three runs in the top of the second, and sophomore Haley Anderson delivered a bases-clearing, three-run double in the fifth to lead OU to the win. Anderson went 1-for-3 on the night. Long posted a 2-for-4 showing, while Dobbs was a perfect 2-for-2, scoring two runs and drawing one walk. Sophomore Krystle Huey went 1-for-3, scoring two runs. Junior Lindsey Vandever was issued two walks.
After a scoreless first inning, the Sooners got on the board in the top of the second. Huey singled to the shortstop and stole second before sophomore Chana’e Jones walked. After Dobbs singled to left field, Anderson reached on a UNT error to score Huey. Junior Amber Flores then reached on another UNT fielding error and Jones scored with the bases still loaded for Oklahoma. Senior Samantha Ricketts’ third sacrifice fly of the season scored Dobbs before the frame ended.
In the fifth, the Sooners tacked on four additional runs. Pinch hitter Wendy Trott led off with a walk and pinch runner D.J. Mathis moved to second on Vandever’s base on balls. Long singled down the left field line to load the bases. Huey reached on a fielder’s choice that saw Mathis out at home. After a passed ball, Dobbs walked. Then, Anderson’s double to left center scored Dobbs, Huey and Long to put OU up 7-2.
The Mean Green got their first run of the game in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Kadie Platt. UNT added another run in the fourth on Rebecca Waters’ solo shot. In the sixth, Megan Rupp scored on single by Courtney Bradshaw.
Freshman starter Allee Allen went 3.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits. Reliever Kirsten Allen picked up the win, moving to 8-6 on the year. K. Allen allowed one earned run on two hits, while fanning six batters.
Ashley Lail picked up the loss for the Mean Green. Lail pitched two innings, allowing three runs, two of them earned.
The Sooners return to action this weekend, traveling to Columbia, Mo. to take on the 10th-ranked Missouri Tigers. First pitch on Saturday is set for 2 p.m. CT, while Sunday’s game is set to begin at noon CT.