May 16, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – After recording just two hits and no runs in a loss to North Dakota State earlier in the day, the Oklahoma Sooner softball team (41-15) unleashed its offense on the Arkansas Razorbacks (27-29), winning by a 21-2 final off 23 hits at Marita Hynes field to advance in the Norman regional.
The run total tied for the most in school history and equals the most tallied by a team in this year’s postseason.
Setting a season record for most hits and runs, Oklahoma advances in the loser’s bracket to face state-foe Tulsa scheduled for approximately 6:50 p.m. Saturday. The winner of the night cap earns the right to face North Dakota State on Sunday.
After a scoreless three inning by both squads, Arkansas struck first to lead 1-0 after the fourth inning. The Sooners countered by racking up four runs in the fifth and sixth innings and exploded for 13 in the seventh.
Pacing the Sooners was Lindsey Vandever, who tallied two home runs and six RBIs. The junior from Davenport, Okla., recorded her third grand slam of the season in the seventh inning.
Oklahoma also tied a single game record for home runs with five against the Razorbacks. Also earning a round trip for OU was Flores, Katie Norris and Jones, the first of her career.
Crossing the plate four times for Oklahoma was Amber Flores, and Katie Norris. Flores and Chana’e Jones each totaled three RBIs.
Freshman pitcher Kirsten Allen (9-7) went the distance for the Sooners, going seven innings and giving up five hits and two runs. Miranda Dixon took the loss for Arkansas.