March 21, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – Junior shortstop Amber Flores went a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, drove in five runs and scored two as the 11th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team defeated Iowa State, 10-7, on Flores’ walk-off home run in the seventh inning. The Sooners (25-8, 3-0 Big 12) pounded out 15 hits against the Cyclones (17-14, 0-1 Big 12) and committed no errors on the afternoon.
The Sooners added one run in the bottom of the first inning when sophomore Chana’e Jones reached on a blooper to shallow left field with one out. Flores then singled up the middle and senior Samantha Ricketts grounded out to advance the runners. Jones then scored on a passed ball to give OU the early lead.
The Cyclones went down in order the first two innings and got on the board in the third. Dalyn Varela was hit by a pitch and pinch runner Bianca Lopez advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jacquelyn Beatty. Heidi Kidwell then singled to left field and Carleigh Berry singled to third to score Lopez. Courtney Wray’s double down the right field line scored Kidwell and Berry before the inning ended.
After holding Iowa State at bay in the top half of the fourth, the Sooners responded in the bottom half when freshman Katie Norris hit her fourth home run of the season to left center field. Long then singled up the middle and scored on a double down the left field line by sophomore Haley Anderson.
In the top of the fifth, back-to-back infield singles by H. Kidwell and Berry put two runners on for the Cyclones with one out. Wray then drove in three runs on a home run to right field to give ISU the advantage, 6-3.
In the fifth, Flores hit the first of her home runs, this one over the left center field fence. She was followed by Ricketts’ fifth bomb of the season over the right center field fence. Junior Lindsey Vandever reached on a walk and advanced to second on a stolen base but was stranded to end the inning.
After Sydni Jones walked to start the sixth inning for ISU, the Cyclones went down in order to end the frame. The Sooners regained the lead in bottom of the sixth. Freshman Evan Sallis led off with an infield singled and Jones singled to right center. Sallis then scored on Flores’ double to left center. Jones crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice and Norris was issued a two-out walk to load the bases before the inning ended.
With the Sooners three outs away from a win, the Cyclones put the pressure on in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Berry singled up the middle and Wray was intentionally walked. Alex Johnson then singled to left field and was thrown out between first and second in a rundown, but Berry scored before the out was recorded to tie the game at seven-all and forcing the bottom half of the inning.
Oklahoma rallied in the bottom half of the final frame. Dobbs was hit by a pitch and Sallis hit a one-out blooper to left to put two runners on board. Flores ended the game on the first pitch she saw – a drive over the left center field fence to give the Sooners the 10-7 win.
Flores led the way with the 5-for-5, five RBI, two runs scored outing. Jones went 3-for-5, scoring two runs. Ricketts ended the afternoon 1-for-4, driving in two runs and scoring on her home run. Norris’ only hit of the afternoon was her solo shot. Sallis had a 2-for-4 day with two runs scored. Sophomore Wendy Trott also added a hit for OU.
Wray ended the afternoon going 2-for-3 with four runs driven in and a run scored for the Cyclones. Berry went 3-for-4 with one RBI and three runs scored.
Senior D.J. Mathis made her first start since Feb. 22 against Massachusetts. Mathis went all seven innings, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits. Mathis tied her season-high in strikeouts, fanning 10. She walked two.
Iowa State started Rachel Zabriskie went 4.2 innings for a no-decision. Zabriskie gave up 12 hits and seven runs, six of them earned. Charrissa Carlin relieved Zabriskie in the fifth and picked up the loss, falling to 7-5 on the year. Carlin allowed three earned runs on t here hits.
The two teams square off in the series finale Sunday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex. First pitch is slated for noon CT. The team will sign autographs following the game.