May 10, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY - The 10th-ranked Oklahoma softball team fell to 15th-ranked Missouri in the 2009 Big 12 Championship game, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Sooners (40-14) managed just two hits off Tiger starter Chelsea Thomas. Thomas threw a complete game shutout, walking two and striking out four. Missouri improved to 45-9 on the year.
Oklahoma starter Kirsten Allen got jammed in the first inning. Tiger leadoff batter Rhea Taylor reached on an infield single and Allen issued back-to-back full count walks to Andee Allen and Lindsey Ubrun to load the bases for Missouri with no outs. K. Allen was able to strikeout Marla Schwiesberger swinging and Megan Christopher looking but issued a walk to Micaela Minner to plate the game's first run. Allen struck out Gina Schneider to end the inning.
Oklahoma put its leadoff runner aboard in the bottom half of the inning when sophomore Krystle Huey reached on a 3-0 walk. Junior Amber Flores reached on a fielder's choice that saw Huey out at second. Senior Samantha Ricketts then walked to put two runners on for OU. After Flores was caught stealing, junior Lindsey Vandever grounded out to end the inning.
Both teams went down in order in the second. The Tigers put their leadoff runner on in the third when Allen reached on a single through the right side. Allen was stranded to end the inning after two strikeouts and an infield popup. The Sooners went down in order in the bottom of the third.
The Tigers plated a second run in the fourth. Minner singled through the right side and moved to second on a passed ball. Minner then moved to third on a ground out and scored when pinch hitter Kathryn Poet reached on a fielding error. Abby Vock was caught stealing and Julie Silver popped up to Flores to end the inning.
Vandever tallied an infield single in the fourth but OU left her on base to end the frame.
Missouri added another run in the top of the fifth after Taylor led off with a triple to right center. Taylor then scored on Allen's blooper that fell in shallow right field. After an OU pitching change, reliever Allee Allen recorded three straight outs to get the Sooners out of the inning.
Schneider hit a solo home run in the top of the sixth to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead. Vock then singled to down the left field line to put a runner on board with one out. She advanced to second on a stolen base and third on a ground out. Vock then scored after a bobbled play at third.
In the bottom of the sixth, OU got a leadoff single up the middle by pinch hitter Jeannie Douglas. Pinch runner Evan Sallis then advanced to second and third on ground outs. She was stranded to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Andee Allen reached for Missouri on a blooper into shallow right just out of the reach of Flores. She then advanced to second on a walk issued to Schweisberger. Minner was then walked to load the bases with two outs. All three were left on base to end the inning.
Down to their last three outs, the Sooners went down in order to end the game.
Vandever went 1-for-2 on the day and Douglas was 1-for-1 with the pinch hit single.
OU starter Kirsten Allen (8-7) went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits. K. Allen walked three and struck out six. Two of the Missouri runs were earned. Reliever Allee Allen threw the final three innings, allowing two runs, one of them earned on three hits. She also walked two batters.
Flores, senior D.J. Mathis and freshman Karolyne Long were named to the all-tournament team.
The Sooners learn their draw for the 2009 NCAA Tournament tonight. The ESPNU Selection Special revealing all 64 teams will be announced on ESPNU at 9 p.m. CT.