NORMAN, Okla. The No. 15 Oklahoma softball team (24-11-1, 1-3 Big 12)) earned its first Big 12 win of the season after splitting a doubleheader Tuesday night with the Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-22, 1-3 Big 12) at the OU Softball Complex. Oklahoma won the second game of the twin bill, 7-3, but dropped the first game, 4-2.
“I was proud of the way our girls battled back in the second game,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “It’s always good to get your first Big 12 win of the year.”
Offensively, sophomore Savannah Long had a strong outing as she went 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI in both contests. Freshman Traci Dickenson was also impressive as she pounded her fifth home run of the season and went 2-for-5 with two RBI in both games.
In game two, Tech jumped on the scoreboard first for the second straight game as Jennifer Bowers reached base after being hit by a pitch and was moved over on a ground out and sacrifice bunt. Bowers scored the lone run of the inning on a passed ball.
The Sooners responded in the bottom of the second as Samantha Ricketts doubled to lead off the inning and tied the game up on Savannah Long’s RBI double to center field, her 10th two-bagger of the season.
Oklahoma used a huge four-hit, four-run inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by freshman Traci Dickenson to gain its first lead of the game, 5-1.
OU extended its lead in the bottom of the sixth with Norrelle Dickson’s’ two RBI double to extend the Sooner advantage to 7-1.
The Red Raiders battled back in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs off of four straight singles. However, OU starter D.J. Mathis was able to end the rally with her fifth strikeout of the game. Mathis (8-3) gave up only two earned runs and seven hits in her fifth complete game of the year.
Texas Tech took the first game of the doubleheader, 4-2, snapping an 11-game winning streak Oklahoma owned over Tech in the all-time series. The Sooners tallied seven hits to Tech’s five, but OU also gave up two key home runs in the contest.
After going scoreless through three innings, Tech took the lead after Bowers’ three run homer sailed over the right center field wall and the Red Raiders took the 3-0 lead.
Oklahoma chipped away in the bottom of the fourth frame after senior Kristin Vesely led off the inning with her 11th double of the year, a Big 12 best. Ricketts’ RBI single to right field closed the gap and TTU held the 3-1 advantage after four.
The Sooners continued to battle in the bottom of the fifth after Traci Dickenson, who reached on a single to center field, scored on Amber Spaulding’s RBI double down the right field line.
In the sixth, it was Bowers again as she pounded her second home run of the game, a solo shot over left field, to give Tech a 4-2 advantage.
Freshman Morgan Hudsonpillar fell to 4-3 on the year after giving up four earned runs on five hits in the complete game. Tech’s Erin Crawford extended her record to 7-9 on the season after allowing two earned runs on six hits in 4.2 innings. Hauck earned her second save of the season after pitching 1.2 innings in relief and giving up no earned runs on one hit.
Next, Oklahoma begins a seven-game road stretch that begins in Lincoln, Neb., this weekend. The Sooners will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, April 1 at 1 p.m. followed by a Sunday contest slated for 12 p.m. Following Nebraska, Oklahoma State will host game one of the Bedlam series next Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in Stillwater, Okla.