April 27, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. - The 15th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team fell behind at 16th-ranked Oklahoma State and was unable to mount a comeback as the Sooners (34-15, 7-7 Big 12) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Cowgirls (37-11, 8-4 Big 12) Wednesday evening at the Cowgirl Softball Complex. The loss was just Oklahoma's third in 13 series meetings in Stillwater and the fourth in the last 36 series contests.
Keilani Ricketts allowed the two earned runs on three hits and one walk. Ricketts struck out 13 moving her single season total to 352, just four shy of tying the Oklahoma single season record.
Chana'e Jones was hit by a pitch in the top of the first inning and moved to second on a groundout. Jessica Shults drew a two-out walk but both players were left stranded to end the inning. Ricketts retired the Cowgirls in order in the first.
Dani Dobbs bounced a single into left field to give OU a baserunner with one out in the second but was thrown out when Katie Norris reached on a fielder's choice. The Sooners ended the inning with Norris left on first.
OSU broke open the scoring in the second when Julie Ward reached on an infield single and scored on a two-run home run by Tamara Brown.
Jones reached on a one-out hit through the right side in the third but was thrown out when Haley Nix reached on a fielder's choice. Nix then moved to second when Shults pushed a single just past the infield. Ricketts then drew a walk to load the bases but the Sooners left them loaded to end the frame.
After Ricketts kept the Cowgirls in check in the third and fourth, the Sooners cut the lead in half in the fifth with a solo home run to right field by Nix. After a pitching change, Sarah Odom retired both batters she faced to end the threat.
Ricketts walked Brown to lead off the bottom of the fifth and retired the next three batters via the strikeout to end the inning.
OU went down in order in the sixth and Ricketts got out of the bottom of the inning with a runner stranded on second.
Destinee Martinez reached on a one-out single in the seventh and moved to second on a groundout but was left in scoring position to end the game.
Kat Espinosa (20-5) got the win, throwing 4.1 innings for the Cowgirls. Espinosa allowed the one earned run on four hits and two walks. Odom threw the final 2.2 innings holding the Sooners to just one hit to pick up her second save of the year.
Oklahoma travels to Austin this weekend for a showdown with No. 3 Texas. Saturday's 7 p.m. CT contest airs nationally on ESPN. Sunday's finale is set for 12:30 p.m. CT.