March 27, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team led 5-0 after five innings of play but an eight-run sixth inning by No. 3 Missouri propelled the Tigers past OU, 11-5 on Saturday afternoon. The Sooners (26-8, 0-1 Big 12) were unable to overcome four fielding errors that allowed six unearned runs against the Tigers (22-3, 1-0 Big 12).
Dani Dobbs hit her second home run of the season, a two-run blast to right field in the third inning that also scored Haley Nix. Chana'e Jones went 2-for-3, driving in Dobbs and Karolyne Long for Oklahoma's first runs of the game in the second inning. Amber Flores added an additional run in the second inning. Oklahoma managed just five hits on the day, with all but one coming in the first four innings.
Catherine Lee's fourth-inning home run cut the OU lead to 5-3. The blast was her second of the season and also scored Nicole Hudson and Marla Schweisberger. Lee also drew a walk in the sixth and came around to score. Michaele Vock went 2-for-2 on the day with a pair of singles. Ashley Fleming also added a three-run home run in the sixth inning.
Schwiesberger and Jenna Marston each ended the day 1-for-3 with one run scored, one driven and one walk. Hudson drew two walks, and Megan Christopher and Gina Schneider each registered one hit and one RBI.
Missouri starter Jana Hainey allowed five runs on three hits and three walks. Hainey struck out four in 3.0 innings pitched. Lindsey Muller (3-0) got the win in relief, allowing just one hit in 2.0 innings of work. Kristin Nottelman completed the pitching rotation for the Tigers, tallying just one hit and three strikeouts in 2.0 innings pitched.
Keilani Ricketts (16-7) went 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs on five hits. She walked three and struck out nine. Kirsten Allen inherited three of Ricketts' baserunners and allowed four runs to cross on three hits. Allee Allen closed out the game for OU, striking out one in 1.2 innings pitched. Of the Tigers' 11 runs, just five were earned and credited to Ricketts.
The two teams close out the series Sunday afternoon at noon CT at the OU Softball Complex.