Feb. 6, 2009
HONOLULU – Oklahoma scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning but host Hawai’i rallied, scoring five in the bottom half to defeat the Sooners (0-1), 8-5, on Thursday evening at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Oklahoma got a pair of home runs from freshman Katie Norris and junior Amber Flores, but Hawai’i (1-0) prolonged the fifth to take the win.
The first three innings were scoreless with the Sooners tallying one hit on a Wendy Trott single in the second inning. Oklahoma went up 1-0 in the top of the fourth when Norris hit her first home run of the season over the left field fence.
OU tacked on two runs in the fifth when senior Traci Dickenson hit a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Flores reached on a single before senior Samantha Ricketts delivered an RBI single to score Dickenson and reached second on the throw to the plate. Norris then brought Flores home on an RBI single.
The Rainbow Wahine answered OU in the bottom half of the inning. Amanda Tauali’i reached after being hit by a pitch and scored on a Tanisha Milca home run. Malamaisaua Manuma also reached base on a hit by pitch and advanced to second on a Clare Warwick single. Following a pitching change, Hawai’i loaded the bases on a fielder’s choice. Audrey Andrade recorded an RBI fielder’s choice and Julie Franklin reached on another hit by pitch, bringing in Warwick. Kanani Pu’u-Warren also recorded an RBI on a fielder’s choice, scoring pinch runner Alexandra Aguirre for the inning’s fifth run.
The Sooners went down in order in the sixth and Hawai'i added three more runs in the bottom half when Warwick hit a three-run home run over the right field fence.
In the seventh, the Sooners showed life when sophomore Krystle Huey reached on a leadoff single and scored on Flores’ home run. However, OU was unable to tack on additional runs as the Rainbow Wahine won, 8-5.
Flores tallied a 2-for-3 evening with two RBI. Norris went 2-for-4, also with two RBI. Trott was 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. In total, Oklahoma out-hit Hawai’i, 10-7. Neither team recorded an error.
Mathis (0-1) pitched 4.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits. Freshman Kirsten Allen made an appearance in relief, pitching one inning, giving up three runs on two hits. Freshman Allee Allen saw two-thirds of an inning of work.
Courtney Baughman recorded the win for the Rainbow Wahine, striking out six batters. All five of Oklahoma runs were earned.
The Sooners return to action Friday afternoon, facing UAB in at 5 p.m. CT and No. 19 LSU at 7 p.m. CT.