April 25, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The 13th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the 10th-ranked Missouri Tigers, 6-2, Saturday afternoon. In front of a crowd of a regular season record crowd of 1,135, Oklahoma (36-13, 12-4 Big 12) got the game-tying in the top of the seventh when freshman Karolyne Long scored on a wild pitch. Pinch runner Evan Sallis then scored on a single up the middle by sophomore Krystle Huey to give OU the lead for good.
The Sooners moved past the Tigers (41-7, 11-4 Big 12) into first in the league standings with the win and look to hold that standing in tomorrow’s game, beginning at noon CT. Huey led OU offensively, going 2-for-4 on the day with a run scored and her lone RBI was the most important, putting the Sooners up for good. Junior Amber Flores went 1-for-3, with her lone hit being a solo home run. Flores drew one walk and scored twice.
Oklahoma struck first in the top of the first inning on Flores’ solo shot to left field. Missouri answered in the bottom of the second. Kristin Nottlelman walked to lead off the inning and scored on Lindsey Ubrun’s home run to left field. After the next four innings remained scoreless, the Sooners exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Long reached on a fielding error on a fly ball to left field and sophomore Chana’e Jones reached on a bunt single that saw Long move to third. Long then scored on a wild pitch and Sallis moved to third on the play. With two down in the inning, Huey singled up the middle to score Sallis. Flores then walked before senior Samantha Ricketts recorded her eight home run of the season with a three-run shot to right field.
In the bottom half of the inning, Missouri put two runners on with two outs but Andee Allen lined out to Flores to end the game.
OU starter D.J. Mathis threw her second consecutive complete game. Mathis moved to 14-4 on the year, allowing two earned runs on five hits. Mathis walked one and struck out four.
Missouri starter Stacy Delaney went five inning, allowing one earned run. Reliever Nottleman picked up the loss, allowing the five unearned runs in the seventh inning.
The two teams close out the series tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for noon CT. The game will air locally on 1520 AM KOKC with David Lanning calling the action.