March 10, 2009
LUBBOCK, Texas – The ninth-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team opened Big 12 Conference play on Tuesday afternoon against Texas Tech. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Sooners (18-6, 1-0 Big 12) tallied 10 hits to drop the Red Raiders (6-17, 0-1 Big 12). Oklahoma tallied five doubles on the day.
Oklahoma led off with back-to-back walks from freshman Evan Sallis and junior Amber Flores. Sallis stole second and subsequently stole third on a double steal attempt. With runners on second and third with one out, junior Lindsey Vandever scored Sallis on an RBI single through the right side.
In the second inning, the Sooners put two runners on to start the inning with sophomore Chana’e Jones drawing a walk and senior Jeannie Douglas hitting a single to left field. Jones and Douglas advanced one base on sophomore Dani Dobbs’ sacrifice bunt. Tech loaded the bases with two outs after Flores was hit by a pitch. Ricketts hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning for OU.
Tech added a run in the bottom of the second when Liz Eimen scored on a double to left field by Emily Bledsoe. The Red Raiders threatened again in the third when Leah Legler led off with a single to right field and moved to second on a fielder’s choice sacrifice bunt by Megan Shupp. With two on and no one out, Dobbs made a defensive play – tagging third on a hard hit ball and throwing to first to record a double play for the inning’s first two outs. The Sooners got out of the jam with a ground out to Sallis.
In the top of the fourth, Oklahoma added four runs on four hits with an explosion of extra-base hits. Douglas started the clinic with double to right center and scored on another double to left field by Dobbs. Sallis reached on an error and Dobbs scored on a double to left center by Flores. Ricketts then scored Flores and Sallis on a double down the right field line. Back-to-back walks from sophomore Krystle Huey and freshman Karolyne Long loaded the bases for the Sooners but Oklahoma was unable to add more runs.
In the seventh inning, Jones reached on a double to right center and advanced to third on an error. She then scored on a wild pitch strikeout by Douglas.
Douglas went 2-for-4 with a run scored and another driven in, while Dobbs tallied a 2-for-3 showing with a run scored in the first game. Sallis, Flores, Ricketts, Vandever, freshman Katie Norris and Jones added a hit each for the Sooners.
Freshman starter Kirsten Allen went 5.2 innings, giving up five hits, walking one and striking out two. Senior pitcher D.J. Mathis came in relief in the sixth inning. Mathis last saw action on Feb. 22 against Massachusetts and had been sidelined with shoulder soreness. She gave up two hits in her 1.1 innings of work.