April 17, 1999

COLLEGE STATION, Texas. - The eighth-ranked Oklahoma softball team swept an important conference doubleheader Saturday from 19th-ranked Texas A&M at the Aggie Softball Complex in College Station, Texas. OU won game one, 3-0, and game two, 6-4.

With the two victories, the Sooners improved to 8-1 in the Big 12 to remain atop the conference standings. They are now 35-10 overall. The Aggies fell to 3-5 in conference play and 34-12 overall.

In game one, OUs Ashli Barrett provided the Sooners a 3-0 victory by crushing a three-run homer over the right-centerfield fence, scoring Lisa Carey and Lynette Velazquez, who reached base with a single and a walk, respectively. Barrett was 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs.

The Aggies threatened in the bottom half of the fourth, but OU center fielder Jaime White made a spectacular play to keep A&M scoreless. With two outs and runners on first and third, the Aggies Heather Martinez hit a line drive to centerfield, but White, diving head forward, caught the ball just before it hit the ground to end the inning.

Jennifer Stewart improved to 17-2 on the season and 4-0 in the Big 12 Conference. The freshman from Yukon, Okla., held the Aggies scoreless on six hits and no walks. She struck out four batters. A&Ms Amy Vining fell to 19-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play, allowing three runs on three hits in four innings. The Aggies Jordana Barrack threw the last three innings for Texas A&M.
In game two, it was the home run ball that gave OU the lead again, but this time it was off the bat of Lynette Velazquez. The senior first baseman gave the Sooners a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a deep shot over the right field fence that scored Christy Ring, who led off the game with a double. Velazquez now has 15 homers and 53 RBIs on the season.

Velazquez increased the score to 3-0 with a two-out single in the top of the third as she knocked in Ring from second. The freshman leftfielder reached base with a lead-off single, then advanced to second base on LaKisha Washingtons sacrifice bunt. Velazquez finished 3-for-4 at the plate in game two.

In the bottom half of the same inning, A&M took the lead, 4-3. OU starter Sophia Contreraz allowed four singles to the first five batters, including a two-run single by Tiffany Esters to pull the Aggies within a 3-2 score. Contreraz was relieved by Lana Moran with one out in the third inning.

OU came back to take the lead in the fourth, 5-4. Mandy Fulton led off the inning with a double and scored one out later on a single by White to tie the score at 4-4. The Sooners took the lead, 5-4, with an RBI single by Ring, scoring Jennifer Hamilton from second. Hamilton pinch ran for Deborah Hargrave, who reached base on a single.

In the fifth, OU extended its lead to 6-4 on a squeeze bunt. With Stephanie Clark at third, Fulton layed down a bunt with Clark sprinting for home plate. A&Ms first baseman Angie Long fielded the ball and threw home, but the tag by the Aggies catcher Lisa Klam was late.

Moran, who relieved Contreraz in the third, pitched 4.2 innings of one-hit ball and improved to 10-7 overall. Vining fell to 19-10.