March 24, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team rebounded to defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks, 6-1, Wednesday afternoon at Bogle Park. OU led 4-0 before rain showers caused a 26-minute delay. After the break, Oklahoma (26-7) added two runs in the top of the seventh and the Razorbacks (18-11) scored one in the bottom half.
After the first two innings were scoreless, the Sooners struck first in the top of the third. Amber Flores doubled up the middle and Chana'e Jones singled to center field to move Flores to third. After Jones stole second, Haley Nix reached on a fielder's choice that gave OU its second out of the inning. OU got its first run on an illegal pitch that scored Jones, moved Nix to third and granted Jessica Shults first base on ball four.
The Sooners added a single run in the fourth. Brianna Turang led off with a single up the middle and stole second. Turang came around to score on a Katie Norris double to left center. OU tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth. Jones doubled to right center and Nix reached on a fielding error as pinch runner Evan Sallis moved to third and then scored on a passed ball. After Nix moved to third on an illegal pitch, Shults singled to right field to score Nix and move the OU lead to 4-0
Following an Arkansas pitching change, the game was halted for rain. Neither team scored in the sixth, and Oklahoma added two insurance runs in the seventh. Nix singled to left and Shults walked before Turang's one-out single to center scored Nix. Dani Dobbs then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Shults to push OU ahead, 6-0.
The Razorbacks got one run back in their last at-bat. Brittany Robison walked and Brittany Griffiths single to left field and moved to second on a fielding error that scored Robison. Griffiths was stranded at third to end the game.
Freshman starter Keilani Ricketts threw her 13th complete game this season, moving to 16-6. Ricketts allowed the one unearned run on four hits and three walks. She struck out six. Jones went 2-for-2 with a run scored and Turang was 2-for-4 with a run scored and one run driven in.
Layne McGuirt picked up the loss, falling to 5-4 on the year. McGuirt allowed four runs, three of them earned, on seven hits and one walk. She struck out three. Jessica Bachkora, Courtney Breault, Emily Jones and Griffiths each had a hit for Arkansas.
Oklahoma opens Big 12 play this weekend, hosting third-ranked Missouri on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon.