NORMAN, Okla. The Oklahoma softball team continued its dominance on the final day of the Fall Festival at the OU Softball Complex Sunday afternoon. The Sooners began the day with a 6-2 rout of Eastern and followed it with a blanking of Northwestern, 9-0, in the final game of the twin bill. OU pushed it record to 4-0 after a perfect weekend where it outscored its opponents 31-2.
“I thought this Fall Festival gave us a great opportunity to get a lot of great looks at our younger girls,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “I was very pleased with our performance today and I’m excited to see who is going to step up the rest of the fall. We have a lot of positions that players are fighting for and I’m very pleased with the way all the girls have been competing.”
In the opening game, the Sooners trailed for the first time this fall after Eastern’s Ashley Graham doubled to left field and scored on an error by OU third baseman Tayl’r Hollis. Oklahoma junior Mariee Mena responded with a single in the second inning that led to a two run rally. Eastern wouldn’t give up as it collected its second run of the game in the third inning off of two hits to tie the game at 2-2.
Oklahoma started strong at the top of the order in the fifth inning with junior Norrelle Dickson nailing a lead-off single and junior Amber Spaulding knocking Dickson in with a triple to left field. The Sooners went on to score another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth and claim the win against Eastern.
Senior Nicole Denes recorded the win after relieving freshman D.J. Mathis. Denes pitched four innings of scoreless ball and only allowed one hit. In three innings, Mathis allowed two runs on five hits while striking out a batter.
In the final game of the Fall Festival, OU recorded 11 hits and six RBI. The Sooner offense didn’t produce until the fourth inning, but the Oklahoma pitching staff held Northwestern scoreless for six innings before the game was called due to run rule.
Sophomore Jadyn Smith earned the start and the win for OU after holding NWOSU scoreless for five innings of work while only allowing two hits and claiming three strikeouts. Mathis came in for one inning of relief and struck out two while holding NWOSU hitless in the inning.
Sparking the Sooner offense in the fourth frame was sophomore Savannah Long who pounded a two-run home run over the left field wall to give the Sooners a 2-0 lead. OU began the fifth inning starting off with a Dickson triple to centerfield and scoring off a Stacia Aleman single. Mena added to the momentum with a double to score Jade Prather. Oklahoma finished with four runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and one more in the seventh before the game was called.
Dickson, Mena and freshman Traci Dickenson led the Sooner offense with two hits each. In addition to Long’s 2 RBI, Dickson, Aleman, Vesley and Mena all added one RBI a piece.
Sooner fans don’t have to wait long to see the Sooners in action again. Oklahoma will play this Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. against Seminole State inside the OU Softball Complex. It will mark the fifth of six fall games OU will play in Norman this fall.