NORMAN, Okla. The No. 10 Oklahoma softball team got back to its winning ways Saturday afternoon with 13-2 run rule victory over Troy (11-6) in its second game of the Norman Inn Residence Inn Invitational Saturday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex.
The Sooners dropped a close 2-1 loss to No. 19 Louisiana State (19-3) in the first game of OU’s twin bill. Oklahoma owns a 14-5-1 overall mark entering the final day of tournament play on Sunday.
“I thought that the LSU game really woke us up and I thought we responded well in our game against Troy,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “I hope we can come out and play with the same intensity and focus tomorrow.”
In game two of the doubleheader, Oklahoma had its bats going as the Sooners recorded 13 runs on 15 hits in only five innings of the run-rule contest. OU fell one short of its most hits of the season when it tallied 16 against Central Arkansas in a seven-inning game.
Oklahoma, who was the visiting team in the game, opened the game with three-run inning that was fueled by leadoff batter Norrelle Dickson’s single to start the game as the junior finished with a 4-for-4 performance and one RBI against the Trojans.
Also making a huge contribution to Oklahoma’s offensive effort was junior Mariee Mena who posted two RBI in the first frame with a single. Mena went 2-for-4 and recorded a game-high three RBI.
The Sooners opened the flood gates in the second inning as Dickson led off again and laid down a bunt single that was one of six hits in the second. Dickson was later called out for leaving the base early, but junior Amber Spualding and freshman Samantha Ricketts answered with a single apiece, including an RBI for Ricketts.
Junior Jamie Fox’s bunt on a fielder’s choice scored another run for the Sooners before Trojan pitcher Michelle Grinage was replaced by Laine Harcourt.
Harcourt couldn’t stop the Sooner scoring either as Mena pounded an RBI single to centerfield that was followed by a Jessica Legendre RBI single to left field. Dickson collected her second hit of the inning with an RBI single to left field before Harcourt was able to get out of the inning.
The Sooners finished the sixth inning with six runs on six hits to give them a 9-0 advantage.
With the score still 9-0 heading into the top of the fifth, Oklahoma added more offense with another Dickson single to open the inning and lead to three consecutive singles for the Sooners. Sophomore Savannah Long, who went 2-for-3 for the game, added a double as Oklahoma finished the fifth with five hits on four runs and a 13-0 lead.
Troy did not back down in the fifth as Caurie Miller led off the inning with a single and broke up OU pitcher Jadyn Smiths shutout after scoring Troy’s first run of the game on an Amanda Ragans RBI single. Troy right fielder Heidi Johnson’s RBI single gave the Trojans one more run, but it wasn’t enough as the run-rule contest ended with a score of 13-2.
Smith earned her first win of the season after throwing all five innings and only allowing two runs on six hits.
“I though Jadyn did a great job for us tonight,” Gasso said. “I was disappointed for her that she didn’t get the shut out because she really deserved it.”
Grinage took the loss for the Trojans after going 1.1 innings and giving up six earned runs on six hits. Harcourt, who came in for relief, pitched the final three and one-third innings and gave up five earned runs on nine hits.
The Sooners will meet up with LSU and Troy again Sunday at the OU Softball Complex. OU will face LSU at 12:15 p.m. followed by a 2:30 p.m. contest with Troy.