April 5, 2010

 
Texas Woman's 1, Oklahoma 0 (20)

 Pitching
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
 W - Arendesen
20.0
6
0
0
1
29
 L - Jacobs
20.0
11
1
1
0
7

 Batting Leaders
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
EB
 OU - Rutledge
8
0
2
0
0
0
 OU - Allard
8
0
2
0
0
0

This Week in Oklahoma Softball History
As the 2010 season unfolds, SoonerSports.com takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments in Oklahoma softball history. Check back each week as we bring you this weekly edition.

February 1: 2009 Hawai'i Trip
February 8: 2007's 23-game winning streak
February 15: Sooners win six straight to start 1994 season
February 22: 2006 Palm Springs Classic
March 2: 1998's win over No. 1 Arizona
March 9: Jill Most's 1997 perfect game
March 23: OU downs Mizzou to open 1999 Big 12 slate
March 30: First Big 12 win in school history

NORMAN, Okla. -  In a game that started in Springfield, Mo., and ended in Norman, the Sooner softball program participated in its longest game in school history on April 7, 1979. The 20-inning marathon was definitely one for the records book as the Sooners dropped the game 1-0 to Texas Woman’s University.

Besides the fact the game lasted 20 innings, the most memorable fact may be that it was played in two locations.  Due to the length of the game, the teams decided to pack up and continue the contest in Norman because both teams needed to return home. Both teams decided to drive to Norman in order to finish the contest the next day, since it was on the way home for TWU and would provide a good middle ground between Springfield and the TWU campus. This game provides one of those unique program stories that can be retold over the years.

Remarkably, both schools only used one pitcher throughout the 20 innings that spanned over two days. On the mound for the Sooners was Cheryl Jacobs, while Kathy Arendsen pitched for TWU.  Jacobs allowed one run on 11 hits, no walks and struck out seven. Arendsen only allowed six hits, no runs, one walk, and struck out 29 OU batters.

For the Sooners, infielders Barb Rutledge and Tammy Allard each recorded two hits. Wendy Ford and Holly Lauth each added one to round out the six hits OU had in the contest.

Texas Woman’s University recorded 11 hits to out-hit OU.  Slate, Mapes and List all had two hits apiece, while Redding, Capistran, Brown, VanWhite, and Wilson each added one.

The lone 20th-inning run came from TWU’s Capistran to end the game.

The 1979 season was the year for extra-inning games, as the only other contest to come close to the 20-inning April 7 game also came during the 1979 season.  On May 4, 1979, Stephen F. Austin took the Sooner to 15 innings before OU put them away with a 4-3 victory.

Lacy Barnes is a student assistant in the OU Athletics Communications Office.