NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 12 Oklahoma softball team dropped its season opener to No. 13 Washington Friday in the Sooners' first game at the UNLV Alexis Resort Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Huskies run-ruled the Sooners, 12-4, after five innings.
The loss snapped OU's streak of 14-straight season-opening wins. It also marked the first time Oklahoma has faced a top-25 opponent in the Patty Gasso era.
Washington got on the board early, collecting six hits and seven runs in the second inning. The Huskies never looked back as they recorded two more runs in the third and and three more in the fourth inning. Washington tallied 16 hits against the Sooners.
Oklahoma tried to rally back in the fifth ininng behind a Kristin Vesely triple and a Stacia Aleman home run. The Sooners recorded four runs in the fifth, but it wasn't enough to continue the game.
The Sooners threw four different pitchers in the five-inning game. Sophomore Stacy Braddock took the loss for the Sooners after giving up four hits on four runs in the second inning. Sophomore Jadyn Smith also pitched in the second inning, but was unable to record any outs after giving up four hits and three runs.
Freshman D.J. Mathis threw three innings of work and gave up five runs on eight hits. Senior Nicole Denes came in the fifth and gave up no hits.
Oklahoma will turn right around and face Kentucky in its second game of the tournament.