April 18, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – Senior Samantha Ricketts became the Oklahoma career leader in home runs Saturday afternoon as the 15th-ranked Sooners defeated Texas A&M, 7-3, at the OU Softball Complex. Ricketts’ fourth-inning blast was one of two on the day, as junior Amber Flores tallied her 14th homer of the season in the first inning.
The Aggies (27-16, 5-6 Big 12) got on the board in the top of the first inning as Natalie Villarreal led off the game with a walk. Villarreal stole second and Erin Glasco doubled to right center to score Villarreal. The Sooners (33-13, 10-4 Big 12) answered in the bottom half on Flores’ solo shot over the left field fence.
Oklahoma added four runs in the bottom of the second in part to miscues by the Aggies. Sophomore Krystle Huey led off with a single through the left side and freshman Karolyne Long reached on a fielding error. Sophomore Dani Dobbs’ sacrifice bunt moved Huey and Long over to second and third, respectively. Freshman Evan Sallis then reached on a fielder’s choice that saw Huey score. After Sallis stole second, Flores singled and moved to second on another Texas A&M error. Sallis scored on the play, and Flores advanced to second on a ground out. After freshman Katie Norris walked, junior Lindsey Vandever singled and advanced to second on A&M’s third error of the inning, scoring Flores.
The Sooners added two runs in the fourth when Flores singled through the left side and scored on Ricketts’ record-setting shot to right center.
The Aggies added two runs in the top of the seventh off reliever Allee Allen. A&M starting pitcher Rhiannon Kliesing walked and pinch hitter Taryn Broussard singled to center field. Kliesing and Broussard then scored on Macie Morrow’s double to left center.
Ricketts’ home run was the 47th of her career. The previous record was 46 held by catcher Ashli Barrett, who played at OU from 1998-2001. Ricketts ended the day 2-for-3. Flores went 3-for-3 with two singles and the home run. Each drew one walk. Vandever went 2-for-4, while Huey was 2-for-3. As a team, OU pounded out 10 hits and was errorless on the afternoon.
Starter D.J. Mathis went four innings, leaving with a 7-1 advantage after the fourth. Mathis allowed just three hits and one earned run. She walked one and struck out seven batters for the second consecutive game. Allen went three innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits. Allen walked three and struck out four.
The OU home finale for the 2009 regular season is Sunday. First pitch from Marita Hynes Field is set for noon CT. The game will air nationally on ESPN with Beth Mowins and two-time Olympic gold medalist Michele Smith calling the game.