NORMAN, Okla. The No. 14 Oklahoma softball team extended its record to 19-6-1 after run ruling Utah Valley State, 14-1, in five innings in the Sooners’ first game of a double header in the OU/Worth Invitational. Currently, OU owns a 3-0 mark at the tournament with one game left.
In what has become a common trend, junior Norrelle Dickson opened the first inning with a leadoff triple down the right field line. After an Amber Spaulding walk, senior Kristin Vesely singled to load the bases. Mariee Mena reached base on an error by the shortstop and Oklahoma scored two runs on the play to take a 2-0 lead.
Utah Valley State scored its first run of the game in the third inning after Chris Jimenez reached third on an error and wild pitch and was driven in by Rachel Hartgrove’s single to center field.
The Sooners had a 3-1 lead heading into the fourth inning when they took control, scoring 11 runs on eight hits. The fourth frame was highlighted by Savannah Long’s grand slam to left field. It marked the second baseman’s second home run of the year and set a new career high with four RBI in a single game.
Spualding was also an offensive presence in the fourth frame as she pounded her fourth home run in four games for a team-best six on the year. Her home run to right field scored three runs as the junior right fielder finished with four RBI on a 2-for-2 performance.
Other offensive contributors included Dickson who finished with a 3-for-3 outing at the plate. Additionally, freshman Traci Dickenson continued her offensive hot streak in the tournament with a 3-for-3 performance against the Wolverines.
Freshman Morgan Hudsonpillar pushed her record to 4-1 and allowed no earned runs and only four hits while striking out five batters.
The Wolverines’ Jackie Roberts fell to 4-1 on the season after giving up 11 earned runs on 11 hits through 3.2 innings of work. Utah Valley State’s Heidi Boyer came in for the final out in the fourth inning and gave up one earned run on one hit.
The Sooners wrap up the OU/Worth Invitational with its second game of the doubleheader, a 2:30 p.m. contest against North Texas.