Softball Salvages Split with ISU, 8-6

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 23, 2006
AMES, Iowa Led by an offense that recorded two home runs and 15 hits, the No. 21 Oklahoma softball team split the weekend series with Iowa State after posting an 8-6 win over the Cyclones Sunday afternoon at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Ames, Iowa.

Junior Amber Spaulding (2-for-4, three RBI) and freshman Traci Dickenson (2-for-2, three RBI) led the offense as each recorded a three-run homer in the game. Junior Mariee Mena added a 3-for-5 outing, including a double and an RBI.

For the second straight game, Oklahoma jumped on the scoreboard first. Leadoff batter Norrelle Dickson reached first on a bunt single and was moved over to second base by Spaulding’s sacrifice bunt. Mena’s single through the right side of the infield scored Dickson and gave the Sooners a 1-0 advantage after the top of the first.

The Cyclones answered in the first after Ashley Killeen’s two RBI single down the right field line put ISU on top, 2-1.

Box Score: OU 8, Iowa State 6

The Sooners continued their offensive momentum in the second as Spaulding pounded a three-run homer to deep center field as Oklahoma held the 4-2 edge. Spaulding leads the Sooners with eight home runs on the year.

It was the Cyclones’ turn in the fourth after Jennifer Bigbee led off the frame with a single to left field, ending OU starter Nicole Denes’ stay in the circle. Denes finished allowed three earned runs on four hits in three complete innings before being relieved by freshman Morgan Hudsonpillar.

Hudsonpillar gave up two hits in the fourth, including an RBI double by Fallon Johnson to pull the Cyclones within one. However, Hudsonpillar recorded three strikeouts in the inning, including the final one with the bases loaded.

In the top of the fifth, Mena recorded her third hit of the game with a leadoff single to center field. After Mena moved over on a sacrifice bunt and a single by Susan Ogden, the Sooners had runners at the corners as Hudsonpillar stepped to the plate. In her third at bat of the season, the pitcher hit an infield single to score Mena and push the OU lead to 5-3.

ISU wouldn’t go away as it plated another run in the sixth. With two outs, Kristy Olsen beat out the throw at first for an RBI single to close OU’s lead to 5-4.

The OU offense rallied in the top of the seventh behind freshman Traci Dickenson’s sixth home run of the year, a three-run shot over the left field fence, to give Oklahoma an 8-4 lead.

The Cyclones responded in the seventh, plating Katie Reichling on a wild pitch and adding another run off a Stephanie Mosley RBI double to shrink OU’s lead to 8-6.

The Sooners return to the OU Softball Complex Wednesday night as they host Oklahoma State in part two of the Bedlam Series at 7 p.m. The game will broadcast within the state of Oklahoma by Cox (Channel 7 in OKC/Metro area) with Brian Brinkley on play-by-play and Kenny Mossman on color.

Game Notes: Morgan Hudsonpillar is 3-for-4 with two RBI in only four plate appearances this season ... Kristin Vesely picked up her 13th double of the season, a Big 12 best, and moved into the third on the OU all-time doubles list with 49 in her career.



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