March 12, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. – The ninth-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team won its second game at the Judi Garman Classic, dropping No. 25 Florida State, 3-1 on Thursday afternoon. The Sooners (20-7) scored single runs in the third, fourth and seventh innings to take the win over the Seminoles (18-7).
Florida State struck first as Ashley Stager led off the second inning with a single through the left side and Mallory Borden reached on a fielder’s choice bunt. With one out and one runner aboard, Kristie McConn walked and Borden scored on a on a single up the middle by Michelle Snyder.
Oklahoma responded in the top half of the third inning with freshman Evan Sallis singling to short with two outs to give OU a base runner. Sallis then stole second and scored on a double to left center by junior Amber Flores. The Sooners took the advantage in the top of the fourth when freshman Katie Norris singled up the middle and pinch runner Krystle Huey stole second to give the Sooners a runner in scoring position with one out. Sophomore Chana’e Jones walked and senior Jeannie Douglas reached on an error in a sequence that saw Huey score.
The Sooners added a cushion run in the top of the seventh. With two outs, junior Lindsey Vandever reached after being hit by a pitch and pinch runner Karolyne Long stole second to give OU a runner in scoring position. Norris then scored Long on an RBI single to left center.
Norris carried the Sooners at the plate, going 2-for-3 with one run batted in. Sallis ended the game with a 1-for-4 performance with a run scored. Borden carried the Seminoles at the plate, going 1-for-2 while scoring a run.
Allee Allen went the distance for Oklahoma, recording her third complete game this season. Allen gave up five hits and allowed the one earned run. She walked two and struck out two to move to 8-1 on the year.
Terese Gober picked up the loss for Florida State. Gober replaced starter Sarah Hamilton in the third inning. Gober gave up four hits and three earned runs. She walked two and fanned four.
The Sooners return to action Friday morning with an 11 a.m. CDT contest against No. 23 DePaul.