March 14, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team closed out action at the Oklahoma Spring Festival Sunday afternoon with an 11-1, five-inning win over Northern Iowa.
Sophomore pitcher Allee Allen made her first start and appearance of the season, throwing a complete game and allowing just the one run.
Oklahoma, which won all four of its games in the weekend action, moved to 20-3 on the season, while the Panthers fell to 11-9.
The Sooners got on the board first with a single run in the second inning. Senior Lindsey Vandever doubled to center field and advanced to third on a passed ball. She scored on a single by freshman Brianna Turang.
The Sooners knocked the game wide-open in the bottom of the fourth. When the scoring frenzy was complete, OU scored 10 runs on 10 hits and batted through the lineup almost two complete rotations.
Amber Flores started the flurry when she was bit by a pitch. Vandever singled to put two runners aboard with just one out before Turang laid down a perfect bunt attempt to load the bases.
Dani Dobbs delivered a two-RBI single to score Flores and Vandever. Turang came home on a base hit up the middle by Katie Norris and Dobbs scored when Karolyne Long singled.
Haley Nix then belted her eighth home run of the season to drive in three more runs for Oklahoma.
With the bases clear, Flores was once again hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Wendy Trott singled to advance pinch-runner Krystle Huey to third.
Freshman Keilani Ricketts pinch hit for Vandever and smashed her third home run of the season over the left center field fence. Turang and Dobbs added back-to-back singles before the frame was complete.
The inning was the msot productive by Oklahoma since last year's NCAA Regional in Norman when the Sooners scored 13 runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Northern Iowa's only run of the game came in the fifth. Megan Machovec led off with a triple then scored on Mackenzie Daigh's sacrifice fly.
Five Sooners were perfect at the plate on the afternoon. Turang led the way with a 3-for-3 performance. Vandever went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Long was 2-for-2 with one run scored. Trott and Ricketts were 1-for-1 in their pinch hit appearances. Ricketts' only hit was a three-run home run, as was Nix's. Dobbs was the only other Sooner to record multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with two RBI.
As a team, Oklahoma recorded 13 hits and scored 11 runs, 10 of them earned, without drawing a single walk and striking out only once.
Allen allowed the one earned run on six hits. She struck the game's final two batters.
Oklahoma closes out a nine-game homestand Monday afternoon, hosting UMKC at 5 p.m. CT. The Sooners leave Tuesday for a southern California road trip that includes a Wednesday doubleheader at Cal State Northridge. OU participates in the Judi Garman Classic at Cal State Fullerton Thursday through Saturday.