NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 10 Oklahoma softball team (6-1), currently on a six-game winning streak, will host the OU/Nike Classic beginning Thursday with a doubleheader against North Dakota State slated for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the OU Softball Complex. The tournament was scheduled to be played in Norman, but due to inclement weather moving into the Norman area this weekend, the remainder of the OU/Nike Classic has been moved to the Ballfields at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.
In the second part of the OU/Nike Classic, Oklahoma will face Indiana in a doubleheader on Friday at 12:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma will then match up against Nevada at 12:15 p.m on Saturday to round out tournament action for the Sooners.
Live stats for the Oklahoma contests will be available on SoonerSports.com.
Oklahoma was dominant in its home opener against Central Arkansas Wednesday. The Sooners won the first game of the doubleheader against the Bears, 8-1, and followed that performance with a 9-0 shutout in a five-inning run rule contest.
In game one, senior pitcher Nicole Denes earned her second win of the season after throwing a no hitter in three innings of work. In her three appearances this season, the hurler owns a 0.64 ERA while allowing only three hits in 11 innings.
In the second contest of the doubleheader, sophomore Stacy Braddock pitched her second shutout of the season and earned her second win after giving up only two hits in three innings of work. The right-hander also struck out five batters.
The Oklahoma offense was led by leadoff batter Norrelle Dickson who started the game with a single to left field and finished the doubleheader with a 5-for-7 performance in the combined games.
SCOUTING NORTH DAKOTA STATE
The Bison open their season with a doubleheader against the Sooners Wednesday. Last season NDSU went 24-27 under the direction of fifth-year coach Darren Mueller. North Dakota State competes independent of a conference and did not earn a trip to the NCAA tournament in 2005.
The Bison, who return seven starters in 2006, are led by junior outfielder Lynnae Foshag, who hit .299 last season and led the team in hits (47), RBI (21) and home runs (4). NDSU also returns sophomore pitcher Allison Bakke who led the squad in appearances last season and recorded a 2.67 ERA while striking out 193 batters in 173 innings of work.
Indiana also opens its season with the OU/Nike Classic. The Hoosiers posted a 13-41 mark in 2005 and finished 11th in the Big Ten race. IU returns its top pitcher Megan Roark, who made 47 appearances in the circle last season. She owns a 2.97 ERA and struck out 219 batters and gave up 210 in hits through 221.2 innings.
Offensively, IU’s top returner is junior infielder Rachel Terry who batted .261 in 2005 while finishing second on the squad in RBI (14) and third in hits (35).
Nevada enters the OU/Nike Classic with a 1-4 record after posting a win against Wisconsin and dropping games to Arizona State, Stanford and Nebraska. The Wolf Pack also suffered a heart-breaking 5-4 loss to the Big 12 defending champion Texas A&M Aggies.
Senior shortstop Brittany Lorenzen is highlighting the Nevada offense and is hitting .333 after going 5-for-15 with a home run through five games this season. Sophomore hurler Jordan McPherson is leading the Wolf Pack in appearances in the circle and owns a 6.05 ERA with a 1-1 record. In 19 innings of work, McPherson has struck out 22 batters, given up 20 hits and allowed 13 earned runs.