April 16, 2010

 
Oklahoma 9, Texas Tech 7
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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
R
H
E
 Texas Tech
0
0
0
0
4
3
0
7
8
1
 Oklahoma
0
0
0
3
0
2
4
9
8
4

 Pitching
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
 W - K. Allen (6-0)
1.0
0
0
0
1
1
 L - Brokeshoulder (7-5)
2.1
5
6
6
3
1

 Batting Leaders
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
EB
 OU - Trott
3
1
1
4
0
1
 OU - Vandever
4
1
1
3
0
1

   
 
Texas Tech 7, Oklahoma 6 (9)
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
 Texas Tech
1
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
1
7 7 3
 Oklahoma
0
0
1
0
4
0
1
0
0
6
11
2

 Pitching
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
 W - K. Allen (6-1)
0.0 2
1
1
0 0
 L - Merlich (9-1)  8.2 9 5 5 3 4

 Batting Leaders
AB
R
H
RBI
BB
EB
 OU - Vandever
4
2 3 2 1 2
 OU -Huey 4
1
2
1
0
1

NORMAN, Okla. – The 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team rallied from a 7-5 deficit to defeat Texas Tech, 9-7, in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader on a Wendy Trott grand slam. The Sooners led 5-1 entering the seventh inning of the second game before falling 7-6. Oklahoma moves to 32-10 overall and 6-3 in Big 12 games, while the Red Raiders are 31-10 overall and 3-6 in conference action.

Keilani Ricketts started both contests for OU and moved into seventh place in strikeouts in a single season with 223, passing Kami Keiter’s 2005 effort of 221 strikeouts.

The Sooners host a pivotal conference series with 14th-ranked Texas this weekend. The first game of the series is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. CT at the OU Softball Complex. The series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m, CT and airs nationally on ESPN.

Game One: Oklahoma 9, Texas Tech 7

In a game that started off as a pitchers dual with 3.5 innings of scoreless softball, the Sooners got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Amber Flores led off the inning with a double, extending her hit streak to 11 games. Jessica Shults followed with a walk. Lindsey Vandever, who finished 1-for-4 with three RBI, blasted a three-run home run off the right field light post to make it 3-0 Sooners.

The Red Raiders added a run in the top of the fifth when Mikey Kenny hit a solo home run, her 13th of the season. Holley Gentsch reached first on an error, while Ashley Hamada followed with a single. Texas Tech took the lead at 4-3 with three consecutive RBI base hits by Raven Richardson, Jennifer Lee and Leah Legler.

The Red Raiders added three runs in the top of the sixth. The inning was led off by Gentsch reaching base on a throwing error and advancing to second on a fielder’s choice by Hamada. Gentsch scored on the Sooners third error. McKenzie Clemmons and Leah Legler both added RBI singles pushing the lead to 7-3.

In the bottom of the sixth the Sooners got two runs back as Dani Dobbs drew a walk to reach base. Katie Norris followed with a pinch-hit two-run home run, her third of the season and 11th of her career.

In the bottom of the seventh the Sooners trailed the Red Raiders by two, and with the bases loaded Trott hit a walk-off grand slam to dead center field to win the game in dramatic comeback fashion.

Oklahoma used all four pitchers in the first game with starter Ricketts going 4.1 innings, giving up three earned runs and one earned on six hits. Kirsten Allen picked up her sixth win of the season in relief.

Game Two: Texas Tech 7, Oklahoma 6 (9)
The Red Raiders stuck in the first with a lead off infield single by Legler while Kenny reached safely on a fielder’s choice to advance Legler to second. Logan Hall followed with an infield single to load the bases. In the next at bat Emily Bledsoe tallied an RBI on a walk.

The Sooners added the tying run in the bottom of the third as Dobbs led the inning off with a stand up triple and later scoring on an RBI single by Krystle Huey.

The Sooners inched out ahead in the fifth inning, adding four runs to push the lead to 5-1. Huey reached base on her second base hit of the game. Shults hit an RBI double, scoring Huey, for her 50th RBI of the season. Vandever showed her power again hitting a two-run home run, her second of the night and ninth of the season. Haley Nix drew a walk following the home run and advanced to second on an infield single by Ricketts. Nix then scored on and RBI single by Trott, who picked up her fifth RBI of the double header.

Tech rallied to take the lead in the top of the seventh. Stephanie Drewry reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to second on a Legler walk. Jennifer Lee was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and in the next at bat Hall hit an RBI single scoring Drewry. Bledsoe added a grand slam to pull the Red Raiders ahead 6-5.

The Sooners added a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at six as Vandever smacked a double off the glove of the third basemen and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice by Nix. Ricketts brought in the tying run on an RBI infield single.

After a scoreless eighth, Tech added the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth. Back-to-back singles by Legler and Clemmons put two runners on with no outs for the Red Raiders. After a double steal, Bledsoe was issued a two-out walk to load the bases. Legler then scored on a wild pitch to push Tech ahead 7-6.

Allen (6-1) gave up the winning run, allowing Legler and Clemmons to reach base in the top of the ninth. She faced just two batters. Ricketts started the contest, going 8.0 innings, her longest outing of the season. Ricketts allowed six runs; five of them earned, walked four and struck out seven.