Feb. 21, 2009
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – Oklahoma scored four runs in the bottom of the first and tallied three home runs on the afternoon to defeat No. 17 Nevada, 11-2, in six innings on Saturday afternoon. The Sooners improved to 11-2 on the year, while the Wolf Pack fell to 7-5. Senior Samantha Ricketts led the way for OU, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
Oklahoma led off the first with a single by freshman Evan Sallis and junior Amber Flores walked. Ricketts singled, scoring Sallis and the Sooners loaded the bases with a single by junior Lindsey Vandever. Freshman Katie Norris sacrificed to right field to score Flores and with one out, OU held an early 2-0 lead. With two down, sophomore Wendy Trott singled down the right field line to score Ricketts. Sophomore Dani Dobbs drove in the final run of the inning when she scored Vandever on a single.
The next three innings were scoreless with Nevada putting three runners on base due to walks. In the top of the fifth, Oklahoma turned to freshman pitcher Kirsten Allen to shut down the Wolf Pack. With two outs, Noelle Micka and scored on the next at-bat on Kym Silagyi’s double. Nevada added another run on the next at-bat when Silagyi scored on a single by Brittany Puzey.
In the fifth, Flores doubled with one out and Ricketts singled to put runners at the corners with one out. Vandever then reached on a fielder’s choice that saw Flores out at home. Norris then hit the first of OU’s three home runs, a three-run shot over the left field wall.
Trott led off the sixth with a solo shot to right field and with two outs, Sallis singled and Flores walked to give OU two base runners with Ricketts at the plate. On the first pitch of her at-bat, Ricketts hit a three-run shot to end the game.
Mathis (6-2) went four innings, giving up no runs, walking three and striking out two. Kirsten Allen saw two innings of work in relief and gave up both of Nevada’s runs.
In addition to Ricketts’ outstanding plate performance, Sallis was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Trott went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI.
Oklahoma returns to action later this evening against top-ranked Alabama at 7:30 p.m. CT.