March 13, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. – The ninth-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team took an early lead and held on to defeat No. 23 DePaul, 5-2, Friday morning at the 2009 Judi Garman Classic. The Sooners went up early with a two-run home run by junior Amber Flores in the bottom of the first inning and got a two-out RBI double to left center by sophomore Wendy Trott to score the would-be winning run in the fifth.
Flores’ two-run shot scored freshman Evan Sallis, who had reached on a single through the left side. The bomb was Flores’ seventh of the season. The Sooners got first-inning singles from senior Samantha Ricketts and sophomore Chana’e Jones before the frame ended. With two outs in the second, Sallis walked and moved to second on a passed ball to give OU a runner in scoring position. Flores also drew a walk but the Sooners were unable to put a run up on the board.
The Sooners had another prime chance to add to the shutout lead in the fourth. With two outs, sophomore Dani Dobbs walked and Sallis singled to left field. After Flores walked for a second time on the morning, the Sooners flied out to end the inning and leave three on base.
After giving up a leadoff walk to start the game, DePaul went down in order to end the first. The Blue Demons went in sequence in the second, as well, and, in the third, put two runners on base with two outs but Lynsey Ciezki was caught stealing to end the inning.
In the top half of the fourth inning, DePaul put two runners aboard without an out when Becca Heteniak reached on an error and Jackie Tarulli-Fisher singled to right. Heteniak and pinch runner Sarah Shizas each advanced a base on a passed ball to put runners in scoring position for the Blue Demons. After two consecutive strikeouts, DePaul grounded out to end the inning.
The Blue Demons struck back in the top half of the fifth inning, scoring two runs to tie the game. With two outs, Amber Patton singled on a bunt to the catcher and moved to second on an OU error that put Ciezki on board, as well. Heteniak walked to load the bases and Tarulli-Fisher drove in Patton and Ciezki on a single to center field.
In the bottom frame, sophomore Haley Anderson singled down the left field line and scored on Trott’s double to the gap in right center. Oklahoma added two runs in the sixth when Flores and Ricketts scored on a failed pickoff attempt at third that resulted in a throwing error by the Blue Demons.
After giving up two singles in the top half of the seventh, freshman starter Allee Allen struck out the final batter to end the game and give OU the 5-2 win.
Flores led the way offensively, going 2-for-2 with two runs driven in and two runs scored. She also drew two walks on the day. Sallis ended the morning 2-for-3 with a run scored and one walk.
Tarulli-Fisher led DePaul with a 3-for-4 showing, driving in two runs. Patton and Ciezki also had multiple hit games, each going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Allen threw her fourth complete game of the season, improving to 9-1 on the year. She gave up seven hits and struck out a season-high nine batters. The two runs scored were both unearned and she only walked one on the day.
Lauren Frankiewicz picked up the loss for DePaul, going five innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs to score. She walked and fanned four batters each.