March 9, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – Some Oklahoma fans may not remember the 1997 Sooner Invitational, but it is an event former Sooner pitcher Jill Most will never forget.
The reason? Most pitched the first perfect game in Oklahoma history 13 years ago today - March 9, 1997 - against the Baylor Bears. Following the performance, Most went on to earn the program’s first Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honor.
In the seven-inning contest, Most allowed no hits, no walks and not a single Baylor player to reach base. She faced 21 batters and struck out eight on her way to the accomplishment. The win against Baylor also marked Most’s 14th win of the season.
The Sooners went on to win tournament championship game against the Bears 3-0. OU only needed five hits to secure the victory over the Bears due to the flawless pitching by Most. Two other noteworthy performances were recorded by Jenny Lopez and Rachel Johnson, as each hit a double in the contest.
The team saw many other individual awards from the tournamnet. Most was named Most Valuable Pitcher for the tournament, while Angie Holwell received Most Valuable Player. Casey Dickson and Johnson were also named to the all-tournament team. Dickson hit three home runs throughout the event and Johnson had at least one hit in every contest.
The weekend saw another season first for pitching, as junior Jennifer Jaime threw a no-hitter against Stephen F. Austin. OU shutout the Jacks in the performance, 9-0. Overall, there were three shutout performances by the OU pitching staff during the 1997 Sooner Invitational.
Since Most picked up the program’s first Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honor in 1997, 26 Sooners have picked up the weekly pitching honor. Softball has also earned 47 Big 12 Player of the Week awards.
Lacy Barnes is a student assistant in the OU Athletics Communications Office.