PALM SPRINGS, Calif. In a rematch of last year’s 2005 NCAA Regional 14 Championship final, the No. 10 Oklahoma softball team was victorious on opening day at the Palm Springs Classic with a 1-0 victory over No. 22 Oregon. The Sooners improved to 10-1-1 on the season and took their first win over a top-25 team while Oregon fell to 6-5 on the year.
It was a battle between pitchers as neither team allowed an earned run in the two hour contest.
Sophomore Stacy Braddock pitched her second shutout of the year and pushed her record to a staff best 4-1 on the year. Braddock held the Ducks to five hits while fanning six batters in seven innings of work.
With the game scoreless and Oregon’s Amy Harris throwing a no hitter heading into the fifth inning, Oklahoma made a rally. Junior Mariee Mena reached first on an error by the first baseman as junior Jade Prather came in to pinch run for ena..
Next up, sophomore Savannah Long broke Harris’s no hitter with a clutch single to right center to advance Jade Prather to third base. With runners at the corners, the Sooners attempted a double steal. As Prather came hauling into home, she avoided the tag and scored the Sooners only run and eventual game winner. It marked Prather’s sixth run scored of the year.
The Ducks threatened in the top of the seventh after Suzie Barnes singled to third base with two outs. However, freshman shortstop Jessica Legendre made a diving line drive catch on Sari-Jane Jenkins hard hit to end the inning and the game.
Oregon’s Harris gave up only two hits in the contest with junior Norrelle Dickson singling in the bottom of the sixth. She struck out eight Sooners and gave up no earned runs in six innings of work.
The Sooners resume play in the Palm Springs Classic on Friday with a 3 p.m. (CST) meeting against No. 23 Fresno State followed by a 10 p.m. contest against UC-Santa Barbara.