Feb. 7, 2009
HONOLULU – The University of Oklahoma softball team avenged an opening night loss to Hawai’i on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Rainbow Wahine (1-3), 14-0, in five innings. It was the third straight shutout, run-rule win for the Sooners (3-1). Oklahoma faces UAB in the Hawai’i Paradise Classic championship at approximately 8:30 p.m. CT.
The Sooners pounded out 15 hits and capitalized on six Hawaii errors. Oklahoma got 3-for-3 performances from juniors Amber Flores and Lindsey Vandever. Flores brought three runs across and scored twice. Vandever was also 3-for-3 with a run scored and two batted in. Senior Jeannie Douglas recorded the second double of her career, highlighting a 1-for-2 day. Senior Samantha Ricketts went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
The Rainbow Wahine went down in order in the top of the first and second, while the Sooners took the lead and never looked back. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Flores singled up the middle and freshman Katie Norris followed with a single to center. Flores scored on a Hawai’i miscue and Ricketts brought Norris home.
In the second, OU exploded for six runs after Vandever singled and sophomore Wendy Trott doubled to put runners on second and third. Sophomore Dani Dobbs reached on a bunt fielder’s choice to load the bases for sophomore Krystle Huey. After two additional UH miscues, Vandever and Trott both crossed the plate and the bases were still loaded for OU. Flores was then hit by a pitch to bring Dobbs home. After a pitching change, Norris reached on an error, scoring Jones and Huey. With two outs, Vandever came up for the second time in the inning and singled to third base scoring Flores.
Hawai’i got their first baserunner of the game when Stephanie Ricketts walked in the third inning but Ricketts was stranded to end the inning.
Dobbs led off the fourth with a double to right center and Huey walked before Flores singled to center, scoring Dobbs. Freshman Karolyne Long doubled and Ricketts reached on a fielding error, scoring Long. Senior Traci Dickenson and Vandever each singled. Vandever’s hit brought Ricketts home.
Hawai’i got their lone hit with two outs in the fourth inning when Melissa Gonazlez doubled down the left field line. Oklahoma closed out the scoring rout with an Evan Sallis single in the fourth. Sallis scored on Douglas’ double. Flores then brought Douglas home on a single. The Rainbow Wahine went down in order to end the game.
Freshman Kirsten Allen allowed just one hit and one walk on the afternoon. She struck out four.