April 26, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The 13th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team got a 3-for-4 performance from sophomore Krystle Huey and the Sooners (37-13, 13-4 Big 12) held on to defeat the Missouri Tigers (41-8, 11-5 Big 12), 4-2, Sunday afternoon. With the win, Oklahoma captures its fourth regular season title under head coach Patty Gasso and first since the 2000 National Championship season.
“This is one of the most clutch weekends we have had a very long time,” said Gasso. “Considering this series was on the road, this team came prepared. They were on a mission and stuck to the game plan. All season long they preserved, and I am very proud of them. They are deserving of this conference title.”
Oklahoma again struck early, tallying a run in the top of the first inning. Huey led off the game with an infield single and advanced to second on a walk to junior Amber Flores. Huey then scored on a fielder’s choice by senior Samantha Ricketts.
The Sooners added a second run in the top of the third. Sophomore Dani Dobbs and Huey reached on back-to-back infield singles. Ricketts then reached on her second fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a throwing error on which Dobbs scored.
In the fourth, freshman Katie Norris singled up the idle and pinch runner Evan Sallis stole second before moving to third on a ground out by sophomore Chana’e Jones. Sallis then scored on sophomore Haley Anderson’s single through the left side.
The Tigers got a run back in the bottom half of the frame when Lindsey Uburn hit her second home run on the weekend. The solo shot to left center cut the Sooners’ lead to 3-1.
Freshman Karolyne Long hit her fourth home run of the season in the top of the sixth inning, a solo shot to right center, to put OU back up by three.
Missouri added a run in the bottom frame on a solo home run by Micaela Minner.
The Sooners pounded out nine hits on the afternoon. In addition to Huey’s three hits, the Sooners got a 2-for-3 performance from Anderson. Despite not registering a hit, Ricketts reached base three times on fielder’s choice plays and recorded two RBI. Flores drew two walks, moving her season total to 44, one shy of her single season record set in 2008.
Starter D.J. Mathis once again proved critical in the win. The senior threw her second complete game of the series, giving up just two earned runs on six hits. Mathis walked two and struck out four.
The Sooners close out the 2009 regular season Wednesday evening with the second game of the 2009 Bedlam Series, presented by The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Farm Bureau. First pitch from Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater is set for 7 p.m. CT. The game will air nationally on ESPNU with Beth Mowins and Michele Smith calling the action. The contest is also available locally on 1520 AM KOKC.