Feb. 21, 2009
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – In a game that went down to the wire, top-ranked Alabama came from behind to defeat eighth-ranked Oklahoma, 4-3 on Saturday evening. The Sooners (11-3) were led by junior Lindsey Vandever, who had a three-run home run to drive in all of Oklahoma’s runs.
“I was proud of how we held on and very pleased with Allee Allen’s performance,” said OU head coach Patty Gasso. “It was a good effort from our team this early in the season. We’re excited with the idea of how much better we can become in the next few months. Our goal is to get better so we can win big games down the stretch.”
Neither team plated a run in the opening inning and the Sooners went down in order in the top of the second. On a full count pitch in the bottom half of the second, Whitney Larsen connected and sent the ball over the centerfield fence to give Alabama a 1-0 lead. The Crimson Tide added another run in the bottom of the third when Kelley Montavlo homered over the left centerfield wall.
Oklahoma answered in the fourth. Freshman Evan Sallis led off with a single and then junior Amber Flores walked to put two on. With one out in the inning, Vandever hit a long shot over the left field fence. It was her second home run of the day and third on the season. The Sooners led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Ashley Holcombe reached on a fielder’s choice and Brittany Rogers singled and moved to second to give the Crimson Tide runners at second and third. With one out, OU turned to senior pitcher D.J. Mathis in relief. Montavlo then doubled to score pinch runner Jennifer Fenton and Rogers to win the game for Alabama.
OU starter Allee Allen went 6 1/3 innings, giving up all four of Alabama’s earned runs. Alabama starter Kelsi Dunne (5-0) allowed her first earned run of the year on Vandever’s home run.