AMES, Iowa The No. 21 Oklahoma softball team (28-18-1, 4-10 Big 12) fell to the Iowa State Cyclones (20-21, 4-7 Big 12), 5-2, Saturday afternoon at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Ames, Iowa. ISU used a five-run inning in the fourth frame to score all its runs in the game.
Oklahoma’s offense only recorded six hits against ISU starter Alyssa Ransom, who improved her record to 10-11 after allowing only two earned runs and striking out six Sooners.
Junior Norrelle Dickson (2-for-3, 1 RBI) and freshman Traci Dickenson (2-for-3) led the team at the plate while junior Mariee Mena and sophomore Susan Ogden each added a hit.
With two outs in the third inning, OU got its first two hits of the game with a Dickenson double and a Dickson single as the Sooners had runners at first and third. The Sooners’ used a double steal to score Dickenson, which put Oklahoma on the scoreboard first with a 1-0 lead.
However, the Cyclones responded in the fourth with a huge five-run inning to take the lead. ISU loaded the bases with two straight hits and a walk. ISU’s Cary Akins stepped to the plate and pounded a two RBI single down the left field line to add two runs for the Cyclones. Following Akins’ hit, OU starter D. J. Mathis was relieved by Nicole Denes.
Mathis gave up four hits and allowed six earned runs in 3.1 innings of work. The freshman starter fell to 10-6 on the year.
Denes entered the game with runners at first and second and walked the next batter to load the bases. ISU’s Fallon Johnson capitalized on a drawn in out field as she pounded a bases-clearing three RBI triple to deep center field as Iowa State owned a 5-1 lead after four frames.
In Denes’ 2.2 innings of relief, she allowed one run on two hits while striking out three Cyclones.
The Sooners tried to rally in the fifth as Dickenson and Dickson led the way again, each recording a hit. It was Dickson’s RBI single that gave the Sooners their second and final run of the game..
The Sooners and Cyclones will close out the series with an 11 a.m. contest on Sunday at the Southwest Athletic Complex in Ames, Iowa.