NORMAN, Okla. The No. 10 Oklahoma softball team improved to 8-1 on the season after a sweep of North Dakota Sate (0-2) in a doubleheader Thursday at the OU Softball Complex. The two games were part of the OU/Nike Classic the Sooners are hosting this weekend.
The Sooners run-ruled the Bison in the first game, 9-0, and took the second game, 7-2, when it was called after five innings due to weather. The two squads battled in wind chills of 25 degrees after a cold front moved into the Norman area this afternoon.
“I thought our offense was pretty sharp in these brutal conditions tonight,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “It’s tough to play in this weather and both teams really hung in there. I’m looking forward to playing more games this weekend.”
Senior Kristin Vesely continued her offensive outburst after going 4-for-5 in the combined games with four RBI and a triple in game one. The centerfielder is batting .625 through nine games this season.
Freshman catcher Samantha Ricketts also contributed to the Sooner offense with a 3-for-5 outing in both games, including two RBI in the first inning of game two to give the Sooners the first lead of the game.
Freshman Morgan Hudsonpillar earned her third win of the season after throwing 3.1 innings in the game one shutout. Hudsonpillar gave up no runs and allowed only two hits against the 12 batters she faced.
Senior Nicole Denes came in for relief for the final 1.2 innings of the run-rule contest. Denes, who leads the Sooners with an 0.55 ERA, allowed no hits while fanning one batter.
Other game one contributors were junior Jamie Fox who pounded a double down the left field line and finished the first game with two hits and three RBI in three at bats. Sophomore Susan Ogden was also solid at the plate where she went 2-for-2 with two RBI.
In game two, sophomore Stacy Braddock earned the starting nod and recorded her third win of the season after throwing three innings of work while allowing two runs on two hits. Sophomore Jadyn Smith also made an appearance in the final two innings before the game was called due to weather. Smith allowed no runs on three hits and struck out two batters.
Leadoff batter Norrelle Dickson was solid in game two where she connected on three hits in three plate appearances. Junior Amber Spaulding went two-for-four, including one RBI after a hard hit single to left field.
Oklahoma now owns a 2-0 record in the OU/Nike Classic and will head to McKinney, Texas for the remainder of the tournament. The Sooners moved the tournament to the Ballfields at Craig Ranch due to weather conditions in Norman forecasted for the weekend.
OU will take on Indiana in a doubleheader on Friday at 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Oklahoma will round out tournament action with a game against Nevada on Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
In addition to Oklahoma’s games, North Dakota State and Nevada will match up in a doubleheader on Friday as well. In other tournament action Saturday, Indiana will face North Dakota State and Nevada. Nevada and Indiana will complete the tournament with an 11 a.m. match up on Sunday. All tournament games will be held at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch.