NORMAN, Okla. The No. 23 Oklahoma softball team (30-18-1, 6-10 Big 12) earned its first Big 12 series sweep with a 9-3 victory over Oklahoma State (19-25, 5-11 Big 12) to clinch the Bedlam Bell Wednesday night at the OU Softball Complex.
The Sooners used a huge six-run sixth inning highlighted by home runs from Savannah Long and Stacia Aleman.
Long led the offense with four RBI, including a three-run homer. Junior Stacia Aleman, making her first start since March 8, was a force at the plate where she went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Sophomore catcher Susan Ogden was solid for the second time this year against Oklahoma State as she went 2-for-3 with one RBI. In the first game against OSU this year, Ogden went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
“Our offense was huge burst of energy for us tonight,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “I thought Nicole Denes did a good job in the circle of hitting her locations and having good control. Overall, it was a great effort on both sides of the ball to get this win tonight.”
For the third straight game, Oklahoma jumped on the scoreboard first. Norrelle Dickson led off the inning with an infield single and after getting two straight outs, OSU hurler Jessica Hoppock walked three straight batters to score OU’s first run of the game.
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Junior Amber Spaulding rallied the offense in the bottom of the fifth with a leadoff triple to right center field, her second of the year. On the ensuing play, senior Kristin Vesely walked and the Sooners had runners at the corners. Freshman Samantha Ricketts ripped an RBI single through the right side of the infield and OU took the 2-0 lead.
The Sooner offense didn’t stop as Mariee Mena recorded another hit and Ogden pounded an RBI single to left field as OU took the 3-0 advantage after five frames.
The Cowgirls answered in the sixth after Lauren Kitchens’ double to left field scored two runs and closed OU’s lead to 3-2.
Oklahoma responded with its biggest inning of the game in the sixth frame. With two outs, Vesely and Ricketts walked to give the Sooners base runners. On the next play, Vesely scored on an error by the OSU center fielder and Oklahoma had two runners on.
One pitch later, Long sent a three-run homer flying past deep left center field to extend the Sooner lead. It marked Long’s fourth home run of the year. After Susan Ogden walked, Aleman added to the offensive outburst, pounding a two-run homer to center field as OU led 9-2 after six.
The Cowgirls didn’t go away after two straight doubles to open the seventh. Ashleigh Tweed’s sacrifice fly to center field scored OSU’s final run of the game.
Senior Nicole Denes earned the first Bedlam start of her career and improved her record to 8-5 after holding the Cowgirls to three runs on nine hits while fanning five batters. It was Denes’ fifth complete game of the year.
The Sooners will close out Big 12 regular season play this weekend as they host Kansas Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.) at the OU Softball Complex.