LINCOLN, Neb. The No. 17 Oklahoma softball team was unable to earn its second straight Big 12 win after being run-ruled by No. 19 Nebraska, 9-1, after six innings in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader in Lincoln, Neb. The Sooners fell to 24-12-1 and 1-4 in Big 12 play while Nebraska earned its first Big 12 win of the season and pushed its record to 23-6 and 1-2 in Big 12 action.
Nebraska starter Ashley DeBuhr (11-5) held OU to four hits while striking out 11 Sooners. Conversely, Nebraska recorded nine hits as Oklahoma threw three different pitchers in the contest.
Offensively for Oklahoma, the top four in the lineup were the only Sooners to record a hit. Freshman Samantha Ricketts had the lone RBI for the Sooners as she extended her hitting streak to eight games. Additionally, leadoff batter Norrelle Dickson pushed her hitting streak to seven games.
The Huskers set the tone in the first inning after two straight singles to open the frame. The following batter walked as the bases were loaded for clean up hitter Crystal Carwile. The first baseman knocked a single to center field, but a fielding error on OU right fielder Jamie Fox scored three runs and advanced Carwile to third base. NU added another run in the first frame after KoKo Tacha’s RBI single scored Carwile and gave the Huskers the 4-0 lead.
OU starter Stacy Braddock was replaced by freshman D.J. Mathis. Braddock gave up three earned runs on four hits in 1/3 of an inning. Mathis retired the final two batters without allowing a run to get the Sooners out of the inning.
Nebraska opened its lead in the bottom of the second after Carwile slammed a two-run homer past center field to extend NU’s advantage to 6-0.
Oklahoma tried to rally back in the top of the third after three straight singles by Amber Spaulding, Kristin Vesely and Ricketts. Ricketts’ single to right field scored Spaulding and gave OU its first run of the game. However, Oklahoma couldn’t capitalize and the inning ended with NU leading 6-1.
OU hurler Mathis was replaced in the top of the third by senior Nicole Denes. Mathis allowed two earned runs on two hits while striking out two batters in 1.2 innings. NU responded with another home run in the third, a solo shot to left center field by Brittany Pascale.
The Huskers added another run in the fifth after Brittany Pascale’s RBI single to right scored Tannahill and extended the NU lead to 8-1.
NU’s Jamie Waldecker put the final punch in the game with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the sixth to end the game in a 9-1 run rule.
Braddock (4-3) took the loss for the Sooners while Denes gave up three earned runs on three hits in 3.2 innings of work.
Oklahoma will start game two of the doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. Originally, the Sooners were slated to play game two of the series on Sunday, but forecasted rain in the area pushed both teams to play a doubleheader on Saturday.