STILLWATER, Okla. The No. 21 Oklahoma softball team used a 15-1 five-inning run rule of Oklahoma State Wednesday evening to claim its seventh straight victory over the Cowgirls in the Bedlam series.
The Sooners pushed their conference mark to 2-5 and overall record to 24-13-1 on the year. The Cowgirls fell to 16-17 and 2-3 in the league.
“It was great to get our momentum going with this game,” head coach Patty Gasso said.
“We have a tough stretch ahead and we want to carry this performance into the weekend. It was a great team effort tonight. A top-to-bottom performance by everyone in the line up.”
Offensively, the Sooners were impressive as they scored their second-highest run total of the year with 15 runs on 15 hits and had 11 Sooners tally a hit. Currently, the Sooners are 16-0-1 when scoring more than seven runs.
Freshman starter D.J. Mathis was equally impressive in the circle as the lefty tied her career high with seven strikeouts and allowed only one earned run on four hits in 4.0 innings of work. Mathis leads the team with a 9-3 record and a 2.36 ERA.
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Freshman Samantha Ricketts and sophomore Susan Ogden led the offense with 2-for-3 outings and three RBI a piece. Ogden pounded the first home run of her career while Ricketts hammered her eighth double of the season. Additionally, senior Kristin Vesely had a three RBI outing on her Big-12 leading 12th double of the year.
Oklahoma improved to 20-3 when scoring first as the Sooners used a four-run first inning to jump on the board first. Junior Norrelle Dickson led off the inning with a single and OU used a two-out rally to score all four of its runs. Clean up batter Ricketts ripped an RBI infield single to score Dickson.
After a Mariee Mena walk, Ogden singled to center field to score Ricketts. Freshman Jessica Legendre added to the scoring with a two RBI single to left center field and Oklahoma had a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first.
The Sooners didn’t let up in second as Amber Spaulding led off with a single to center field and Vesely reached second on an error by the third baseman. With runners in scoring position, Ricketts ripped a two RBI double to right field. An RBI single to center field by Savannah Long added another run and pushed the OU lead to 7-0.
After giving up seven runs, three earned, on six hits, Oklahoma state starter Jessica Hoppock was replaced by lefty pitcher Kristina Giustozzi, as she retired three of the next four batters to get the Cowgirls out of the inning.
For the third straight inning, the Sooners led off with a hit after freshman Traci Dickenson doubled to left field to open the third frame and the Sooners poured it on, posting six runs on five hits. Vesely added to the scoring as she pounded a two RBI double to center field and Mena followed with another double to score Vesely.
Ogden continued the momentum with her first career home run, a two run shot to deep right center field as Oklahoma claimed a 13-0 lead with only one out.
After giving up six runs on five hits, Giutstozzi was pulled and replaced by Randi Cook as she gave up a single to Long, her second of the day. However, Cook retired the final two batters, but not before the Sooners built a 13-0 lead after the top of the third.
OU added two more in the fourth as pinch hitter Jade Prather posted the first RBI of her career with an RBI single to left field to score Dickson. The Sooners other run came off of Mena’s RBI single to left field to score Spaulding.
The Cowgirls scored their lone run of the game in the bottom of the fourth off of Shianne Cruce’s sacrifice fly, which scored Courtney Totte.
Freshman Morgan Hudsonpillar came in for relief of Mathis in the fifth inning and gave up only one hit as the Sooners secured the Bedlam victory.
Hoppock took the loss for the Cowgirls as she fell to 9-12 on the year.
Oklahoma closes out its seven-game road stance this week as it travels to College Station, Texas, to take on the No. 16 Texas A&M Aggies this Saturday (11 a.m.) and Sunday (3:30 p.m.) with both games being shown live on ESPN.
The Sooners will round out their road trip with a doubleheader against No. 18 Baylor this Monday, April 10 in Waco, Texas, with the first pitch slated for 5 p.m.