NORMAN, Okla. Led by a Norrelle Dickson single in the bottom of the eighth, the No. 10 Oklahoma softball team (15-6-1) won its final game of the Norman Residence Inn Invitational with a 2-1 victory over Troy (11-8) in the Sooners’ second straight eight-inning game of the day. In its first game of the Sunday doubleheader, OU dropped a 6-5 loss to No. 19 LSU.
“We played such an emotionally-draining game against LSU in the first game of our double header so I was really proud to see our team battle back and get the win today,” Gasso said. “We still have a lot to work on, but we are making steps with this young team.”
Heading into the eighth inning, both teams used the international tie-breaker rule which sets a runner at second for each team at the beginning of the inning. Troy, the visiting team, was unable to score after moving Michelle Grinage to third on a sacrifice bunt. D.J. Mathis gave the Sooners a shot after retiring the final two batters of the inning.
In the bottom of the final frame, the Sooners placed freshman Jessica Legendre at second and she advanced to third on a Nicole Denes sacrifice bunt. Leadoff batter Dickson stepped to the plate with one out and knocked the game-winning single through the left side of the field to score Legendre and give the Sooners the 2-1 win.
Dickson led the team with three hits and posted the game-winning RBI. The junior finished the tournament with a .467 average and a team-leading seven hits.
Oklahoma scored its first run of the game in the first inning after Dickson sparked the offense with a double down the left field line to open the inning. After advancing to third base on a wild pitch, Dickson scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by senior Kristin Vesely.
The Sooners maintained the 1-0 lead until the sixth inning when Troy scored its only run of the game. After Troy’s Angie Coteat walked, she stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. With a runner in scoring position, the Trojans’ Jessica Lyle singled to right field to score Coteat and tie it up at 1-1.
Freshman pitcher Mathis (2-1) earned her second win of season in her second complete game of the year. Mathis gave up no earned runs in the contest and only allowed four hits.
“I thought D.J. was exceptional today,” Gasso said. “ She really came in there and competed and gave our squad a great chance to win.”
Sooners Mariee Mena and Jamie Fox tallied two hits apiece for the OU squad that recorded only seven total in the game. Mena led the team in the tournament, batting an impressive .500 in four games with a team-leading five RBI. Fox also played well with a .455 average for the weekend.
The Sooners finished the Invitational with a 2-2 record after recording two wins over Troy and dropping two one-run losses to LSU. The No. 19 Tigers finished the tournament with a perfect 4-0 mark while Troy dropped all four games this weekend.
Oklahoma will hit the road this Wednesday, March 8 as it takes on Tulsa at 6 p.m. at the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex.