KLEIN, Texas The University of Oklahoma softball team’s perfect fall season came to an end Friday night at the hands of New Mexico State in an extra innings loss, 4-3, during the opening round of the Spring Klein College Classic.
Aggie pinch hitter Stacy Lien tabbed a single off freshman D.J. Mathis, plating Mailei Hilva under international tiebreaker rules in the bottom of the ninth to end the marathon contest.
Oklahoma dropped to 6-1 in fall play while New Mexico State stayed undefeated at 5-0.
The Aggies used the momentum of early scoring and ending the Sooners’ 36-inning shutout streak to keep the OU defense on its heels throughout the game.
OU allowed NMSU’s leadoff duo to get on base after errors bit the Sooner infield early in the bottom of the third inning. OU managed to put out the first at home, but permitted Haley Johnston to score from a fielder’s choice.
In the fourth, senior hurler Nicole Denes, who through three innings had only given up a walk and no hits, found trouble at the mound after her first strikeout.
Denes walked Stephanie Herrera and hit Ashley Frisby before advancing both to scoring position with a wild pitch. The pair eventually scored, putting OU down 0-3.
Denes helped out her cause in the next half inning by hitting a single that junior Jade Prather ran in for OU’s first score.
OU led off the sixth with a Mariee Mena double and a Savannah Long homerun for two quick scores off NMSU pitcher Sarah Seagraves. NMSU, however, quickly replaced Seagraves with freshman Kim Watson, spelling doom for the Sooner sluggers.
Watson proved herself one to watch during the upcoming season as she struck out five and allowed one hit during her four innings of work.
OU continues its tournament play with two games Saturday. The Sooners battle the Lousiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at 1 p.m. and the host Houston Cougars at 5 p.m.