April 10, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The 13th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team scored five runs in the first inning and added three additional runs in the sixth to defeat the Kansas Jayhawks in a six-inning contest Friday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark. The Sooners (31-12, 8-3 Big 12) tallied eight hits against the Jayhawks (13-23, 3-6 Big 12).
OU totaled five runs in the top of the first inning. Freshman Evan Sallis and junior Amber Flores reached on back-to-back walks. Sallis stole second before the Flores walk and the two moved up one base on a wild pitch.
Freshman Katie Norris then doubled to left center, scoring Sallis and Flores. Norris moved to third on an error that saw junior Lindsey Vandever reach base. With two outs, Vandever stole second. Vandever and Norris scored on freshman Karolyne Long’s double to left field. Sophomore Haley Anderson then singled and moved Long to third. On Anderson’s successful steal attempt, Long scored on a throwing error by the catcher.
In the bottom half of the frame, starter D.J. Mathis issued a leadoff walk to Dougie McCaulley before Val Chapple struck out looking and Elle Pottorf popped up. McCaulley was caught stealing on a putout by Flores from Vandever to end the inning.
The Jayhawks threatened to get on the board in the third. With one out, Brittany Hile doubled to left center and stole third on a two-out walk by McCaulley. McCaulley was picked off to end the inning.
Oklahoma added three runs in the top of the sixth. Sophomores Krystle Huey and Anderson hit back-to-back singles up the middle. After a ground out, both scored on Sallis’ single through the right side. Sallis moved to second on the throw home and then moved to third on a ground out. Sallis scored on Norris’ single up the middle.
Mathis was brilliant on the mound, allowing just one Kansas hit on the afternoon. Mathis walked three and fanned six before giving way to freshman Kirsten Allen in the sixth.
The two teams close out the series with a 1 p.m. contest Saturday afternoon. OU returns home Wednesday evening to host Oklahoma State in the first game of the Bedlam Series. First pitch from the OU Softball Complex is set for 7 p.m. CT.