March 10, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas - In the second game of Tuesday afternoon's doubleheader, the ninth-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team got a five-inning 12-0 run rule win over Texas Tech. The Sooners move to 19-6 on the year and 2-0 in Big 12 play, while the Red Raiders fall to 6-18 overall and 0-2 in the conference. It was Oklahoma's largest margin of victory in a conference game since defeating Kansas 13-4 in 2007.
In the first inning, Oklahoma got back-to-back one out walks from junior Amber Flores and senior Samantha Ricketts. Flores and Ricketts moved up on a ground out, and the duo scored on a single up the middle by freshman Katie Norris. Sophomore Chana'e Jones then singled up the middle and senior Jeannie Douglas walked to load the bases but the Sooners were unable to put any more runs across the plate.
Oklahoma added four runs in the second inning on three hits. Sophomore Dani Dobbs led off with a four-pitch walk and freshman Evan Sallis singled through the left side to put two runners on base. After Dobbs was picked off at second, Oklahoma loaded the bases on back-to-back walks by Flores and Ricketts. Junior Lindsey Vandever' right side single brought in Sallis and Flores. Norris drew a one out walk and Jones singled to left center to score Ricketts and Vandever. The ninth batter of the inning, sophomore Haley Anderson, walked before the inning was complete.
Oklahoma added a single run in the third on a solo shot to center field by Ricketts. In the fourth, pinch hitter Krystle Huey led off with a double to left center and scored on a single by Jones to almost the exact same spot. Jones scored on Anderson's first home run of the season, a shot over the left field fence. Sallis doubled to left center before Flores homered to left field to score both runners.
Jones led OU, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and drove in three. Sallis went 2-for-4, crossing the plate twice and Huey was 2-for-2, scoring one run. Anderson finished the game with a 1-for-2 showing with a run scored and one driven in. Flores, Ricketts, Vandever and Norris all added a hit each.
Starter Allee Allen was impressive on the day, improving to 7-1 on the season. Allen gave up a first inning double and a fifth inning single, the only hits of the day for Tech. It was the first solo shutout of the season for the freshman. In all, Allen only threw 65 pitches and struck out five.
The Sooners rattled Tech starter Ashly Jacobs. Jacobs was pulled after 3.2 innings and allowed 11 of Oklahoma's 12 runs. She gave up 10 hits.
Oklahoma returns to action this weekend at the 2009 Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. The Sooners open play Thursday at 3 p.m. CT against Notre Dame. OU faces former alum Lonni Alameda's Florida State Seminoles at 5:30 p.m. on the opening day.