Feb. 17, 2010
The 13th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team opened the home slate of the 2010 season on Wednesday afternoon witha 9-1 win over St. Gregory's. The Sooners trailed after one half inning of play but responded to score nine unanswered. OU got two solo home runs from freshman catcher Jessica Shults and junior Chana'e Jones plated three runs on the afternoon, two with a second-inning double and the other with athird-inning sacrifice fly.
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“Jessica has come in handled pitchers with maturity and ease. At the plate, she is taking her swings and has solidified our number four hole, and I feel she is the right person for the job." - Oklahoma Head Coach Patty Gasso on Jessica Shults
St. Gregory's Tara Nall doubled to left center to leadoff the second inning for the Cavaliers and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Emily Ledinski. With just one out, freshman pitcher Michelle Gascoigne struck out Sammi Hardwick and got Dailyn Dauman to ground out to end the inning with the then-game tying run at third.
The Sooners trailed early in the first when Cortney Reynaga hit an RBI single scoring Jessica Reed for St. Gregory's. OU struck back in the bottom frame with a two-run home run by senior Amber Flores. In the second inning, Jones added a two RBI double, scoring sophomore Karolyne Long and senior Lindsey Vandever. In the third, Shults hit her second and third home runs of the season, with her first of the game coming in the third inning and later adding the second shot in the fourth.
- As a team, Oklahoma scored nine runs, tying a season high. The Sooners scored nine against Florida Atlantic in the season opener on Feb. 13. It was also the second run-rule win of the season.
- The Sooners also recorded a season-high nine hits.
- OU is now 30-10 all-time in home openers and 16-0 in the Patty Gasso era.
- Senior Amber Flores hit her first home run of the 2010 season. Flores now has 42 career home run, six shy of tying Samantha Ricketts for the school record.
- Freshman Jessica Shults hit her second and third home runs of the season. She becomes the first player since Lindsey Vandever (vs. Arkansas [NCAA Regional] on May 21, 2009) to hit two home runs in a single game.
- Freshman Michelle Gascoigne made her first career start for Oklahoma.
- Oklahoma returns to action at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic this weekend in Las Vegas. Visit Gameday Central for complete game information.