April 5, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – The 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team scored single runs in each of the first three innings and held on to defeat Nebraska, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex. In the chilly and windy conditions, the Sooners (30-11, 7-3 Big 12) managed five hits against the Huskers’ (25-10, 2-4 Big 12) four on the day. Junior Amber Flores paced OU with her 11th home run of the season.
The Sooners tallied a run in the bottom of the first inning when freshman Evan Sallis scored on a would-be double to left center by senior Samantha Ricketts. Ricketts’ was called out on an appeal play for not touching first base. Sallis reached on a single to the shortstop and stole second to put a runner in scoring position with one out. Her run stood on the appeal due to the number of outs on the board in the frame.
OU added another run in the second when sophomore Haley Anderson scored freshman Karolyne Long on a single to center field. Flores belted her home run on an 0-1 count in the third inning. The run would prove to be the game winner.
Nebraska scored its first run in the fourth inning when Whitney Barrett’s bases load walk scored pinch runner Nikki Haget. Amanda Duran and Brittany Pascale were issued one-out walks prior to Crystal Carwile being hit by a pitch to put three runners aboard.
The Huskers added another in the top of the sixth when Barrett scored Carwile on a sacrifice fly. Carwile reached base on a double to center field and moved to third on a passed ball before coming home.
After scoring the three runs, OU managed just one hit in the final 3.2 innings and held for its 30th win of the season. Junior Lindsey Vandever finally registered an official at-bat on the weekend, going 0-for-1. Vandever drew two walks on the day, finishing the weekend with five walks, one hit by pitch and an .857 on-base percentage.
Ricketts went 1-for-3 on the day, recording an RBI on the Sallis score in the first. Flores led the way, going 2-for-3. Sallis and Anderson registered the other two Oklahoma hits. Despite having her seven-game hitting streak snapped, Long reached base safely for the eighth-straight contest, drawing a leadoff walk in the second.
Four different Huskers recorded hits for Nebraska. Meghan Mullin (1-for-2), Kelli Linke (1-for-2), Duran (1-for-3) and Carwile (1-for-3) had the tallies for NU.
For the second straight day, OU starter D.J. Mathis registered a no-decision. Mathis left the game with OU holding a 3-1 lead with two outs in the fourth inning. Mathis gave up the one earned run and struck out and walked four batters each.
Freshman Allee Allen picked up her second straight win, moving to 14-2 on the year. Allen gave up one unearned run, walked one and fanned four.
The Sooners host Arkansas in a 5 p.m. CT contest on Wednesday at the OU Softball Complex. Fifty-cent hot dogs and Cokes will be available as long as supplies last. The first 250 fans in attendance receive an OU softball coozie.