FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Led by Savannah Long’s two home runs, the No. 23 Oklahoma softball team extended its winning streak to six games with a 5-0 shut out over Arkansas in game two of the doubleheader Monday night in Fayetteville, Ark. OU improved to 34-18-1 on the year while Arkansas fell to 26-31.
In addition to Long’s two homers with three RBI, junior Norrelle Dickson powered the offense with a perfect 4-for-4 performance, which ties a career high. Senior Kristin Vesely also added an RBI on a 1-for-3 outing.
Freshman starter D.J. Mathis improved to 12-6 on the season after holding the Razorbacks scoreless through five innings and only allowing three hits while striking out four. The lefty hasn’t given up an earned run in her last four appearances in the circle.
Mathis combined with sophomore Jadyn Smith for the shut out. Smith, who hadn’t pitched more than an inning since March 26, was impressive in two complete innings, retiring every batter she faced, including three strikeouts.
Opposite of game one, the Sooners were the first to take a 2-0 lead after Long sent a two-run homer past deep center field in the top of the second.
It was Long again in the top of the fourth as she hammered her second home run of the day to deep left center field. The solo shot extended OU’s lead to 3-0 and marked the sophomore shortstop’s sixth of the year and third homer in less than a week.
Additionally, her two home runs in one game ties an OU single game record. The feat has been accomplished by 27 Sooners, including Jamie Fox earlier this season.
The Sooners extended their lead in the fifth after Dickson pounded her third hit of the game with a double down the left field line and was moved to third on an Amber Spaulding sacrifice bunt. Vesely knocked her in with a double to center field. The double marked the 50th of her career, moving her into a tie for second in the OU career record books.
On the ensuing play, freshman Samantha Ricketts reached first on an infield single and a throwing error by the second baseman scored Vesely to push the Sooner advantage to 5-0.
The Sooners will close out the regular season this Wednesday with Senior Night against North Texas at 7 p.m. Seniors Nicole Denes and Kristin Vesely will be playing their final game at the OU Softball Complex.