Feb. 22, 2009
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The eighth-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team closed out the 2009 Cathedral City Classic on Sunday morning with a 5-3 over No. 24 Massachusetts. Oklahoma (12-3) plated three runs in the third and two in the fourth and the Minutewomen (5-4) scored one in the first and added two in the fourth.
Oklahoma led off the third inning with a walk by sophomore Dani Dobbs, who then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sophomore Krystle Huey hit an infield single and she and Dobbs advanced one base on another wild pitch. After junior Amber Flores walked on a 3-1 count, Dobbs scored on the third wild pitch of the inning.
Senior Samantha Ricketts reached on a fielder's choice to score Huey and Vandever singled to center field, scoring Flores. Sophomore Chana'e Jones added another hit in the inning as OU scored three runs on three hits and left three stranded.
Oklahoma added two runs in the fourth when Huey reached on a single with one out. Huey then stole second and freshman Evan Sallis scored Huey on an RBI single up the middle. Sallis stole second before Flores walked and Sallis advanced and scored on a wild pitch.
The Minutewomen scored on a Samantha Salato single that scored Whitney Mollica in the first inning. UMass answered OU's two-run fourth with two in the bottom half- both solo home runs by Salato and Davian Hernandez.
OU starter D.J. Mathis went two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run. Reliever Allee Allen got the win on the mound, improving to 4-1 on the year. A. Allen gave up four hits and two earned runs. Kirsten Allen recorded her second save of the year, working three and one-third of an inning.
The Sooners return to action Wednesday evening, traveling to Tulsa to face the Golden Hurricane in a 5:30 p.m. CT contest.