OU Run Rules OSU for Bedlam Series Win

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 11, 2012

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
 Oklahoma 3 1 3 1 3 - - 11 10 2
 OSU 1 0 0 0 0 - - 1 1 1
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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W- Ricketts (19-4) 4.0 1 1 0 1 8
 L - Espinosa (10-8) 2.1 6 7 7 2 1
 S - N/A 0.0 - - - - -
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU- Henson 3 3 3 4 0 2
 OSU- Anchors 1 0 1 0 1 0
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STILLWATER, Okla. -- No. 6 Oklahoma used four home runs, including two from Javen Henson, to run rule Oklahoma State, 11-1, in five innings Wednesday night and capture the Bedlam Series presented by Farm Bureau.

Already the Big 12 leader in home runs, the Sooners upped their season total to 61 in their ninth game this season with at least three home runs and their 16th with multiple home runs. OU is 16-0 in those games. With the win, Oklahoma moved to 33-5 and extended its Big 12 lead to 9-2 while Oklahoma State fell to 18-16 and 2-6 in the Big 12.

The win, coupled with OU's 4-0 win on March 28 in Oklahoma City, gave OU its fourth Big 12 series win of the season and its second straight Bedlam series. Oklahoma upped its lead in the overall series with Oklahoma State to 72-70 and has now won 11 of its last 14 games in Stillwater.

The Sooners finished Wednesday night with 11 hits as they moved to 30-2 on the year when collecting at least seven hits and 9-0 when hitting double digits in the category. Henson became the fifth Sooner this year to hit two home runs in a game as Oklahoma batters have accomplished the task 10 times this season.

Keilani Ricketts picked up the win for the Sooners to move to 19-4 on the year and give her the 77th win of her career to move into sole possession of third on the OU career victories chart. Ricketts struck out eight of the 17 batters she faced on the night while allowing just one hit and walking one batter. Kat Espinosa took the loss for Oklahoma State, falling to 10-8 on the year.

"We talked about not being too successful playing here in the last couple of years and walking in as an underdog," said OU Head Coach Patty Gasso. "We were really focused and determined and the result was that our hitting was contagious. When that happens to this lineup, it is really fun to watch."

The Sooners jumped out to an early lead in the first as their first four batters all reached base safely. Destinee Martinez opened up the game with a lead off walk, her fourth of the season, before Lauren Chamberlain just missed a home run with a double off the right center field wall. One batter later and Oklahoma had its first home run of the night as Jessica Shults sent her 10th home run of the season, and her 44th of her career, sailing over the right field wall at Cowgirl Stadium for a 3-0 OU lead. The home run moved Shults into a tie for fourth on OU's career home run chart and a tie for seventh on the Big 12 career list.

The Cowgirls chopped the Oklahoma lead to two in the first inning with the help of two Oklahoma errors. After Kelsey Anchors walked with one out, Tamara Brown reached first on a fielder's choice while Anchors moved to second and advanced to third on a Jessica Vest error. After a second Ricketts' strikeout, a sharply hit grounder from Chelsea Garcia was misplayed by Henson at third to allow Anchors to score and Garcia reach first.

Henson redeemed herself in the following inning when she sent her sixth home run of the season, a solo shot, over the left field fence at Cowgirl Stadium. The solo homer was Henson's second of the year against Oklahoma State as the sophomore had a one-run home run against OSU in OU's 4-0 win over March 28 in Oklahoma City.

The Sooners got their third home run in as many innings in the third when Brittany Williams expanded the Oklahoma lead to 7-1 with a three-run shot to left. Shults led the inning off with a hit through the right side of the OSU defense before Ricketts singled to left center to move Callie Parson, who pinch ran for Shults, to second. After a Georgia Casey deep fly was caught on the warning track, Williams sent a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence as she became the sixth OU player with at least five home runs this season.

Henson continued Oklahoma's run of a home run in each inning as she sent the first pitch of the fourth inning over the center field fence at Cowgirl Stadium for her first ever game with multiple home runs.

OU closed the door in the fifth inning as Casey and Williams led off with back-to-back walks before Erica Sampson reached on a fielder's choice that saw Casey thrown out at third. A Katie Norris ground out to first moved Williams and Sampson over a base before Henson singled to right center to score both runners.

A Martinez single up the middle put Henson on second before Chamberlain singled through the left side. An errant throw from Garcia at shortstop allowed Henson to score for Oklahoma's 11th run of the night.

Oklahoma returns to Big 12 action this weekend as it travels to College Station, Texas, to take on No. 17 Texas A&M. The three-game series begins Friday at 7 p.m. before continuing Saturday at 3 p.m. and concluding Sunday at 12 p.m.



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