March 6, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY – The 11th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team rebounded to defeat No. 14 Louisville, 10-2, Saturday evening at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Sooners (14-3) pounded out 13 hits to down the Cardinals (13-4). Freshman Jessica Shults led the way, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning. Krystle Huey worked a full count and drew a walk before advancing to third on an illegal pitch. Huey then scored on a home run to left field by sophomore Karolyne Long. The Sooners bats stayed hot as freshman Brianna Turang reached on an infield single. After Turang advanced to second on an illegal pitch, senior Amber Flores reached after being hit by a pitch. The two OU baserunners then advanced one base on another illegal pitch and scored on a single down the right field line by Shults. Shults rounded the bases, reaching second on an illegal pitch and scoring on Nix’s single to right center to give the Sooners a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Cardinals answered back with back-to-back base hits from Chelsea Bemis and Colby Wherry to give Louisville runners and second and third with no one out. Freshman pitcher Keilani Ricketts entered the game and got two outs before Kristin Austin reached on a fielding error to score Bemis and Jordan Trimble’s single brought in pinch runner Chelsea Jordan to cut the OU lead to 5-2 after four complete innings.
The Sooners added three runs in the top of the fifth when Flores and Shults scored on Nix’s home run to left center to give OU an 8-2 advantage. Flores added a solo home run in the top of the seventh, her 47th career long ball and Shults followed with her eighth of the year.
Junior Haley Nix went 2-for-4 with four RBI and Flores got back on track, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
Ricketts got the win, pitching 4.0 innings in relief. Ricketts gave up just one hit and struck out five. Starter Kirsten Allen went three innings, giving up four hits and allowing two unearned runs to score.
Oklahoma returns to action Sunday afternoon in a rematch with the Cardinals. First pitch from the OU Softball Complex in Norman is set for noon CT. Live stats are available at SoonerSports.com.