NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 23 Oklahoma softball team capped off the Big 12 regular season with a sweep of Kansas after recording a 4-1 victory in game two of the doubleheader on Sunday at the OU Softball Complex.
The Sooners finish the conference season with an 8-10 record in league play and own a 32-18-1 overall mark with three non-conference games remaining.
Senior Nicole Denes earned the win and pushed her record to 9-5 on the season after holding the Jayhawks to only three hits and one run while fanning six batters. Denes owned a no-hitter through five innings until giving up a single to the leadoff batter in the top of the sixth.
“Our pitchers had a great game plan heading into this series,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “They were well prepared and hit their locations perfect today. This was a huge series for us and they did a great job of executing.”
Offensively, senior Kristin Vesely was the lone Sooner to record multiple hits as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI double. All four of OU’s RBI came from the top four hitters in the line up as Norrelle Dickson, Amber Spaulding and Samantha Ricketts each drove a run in. Susan Ogden, Stacia Aleman and Traci Dickenson were the other Sooners to tally a hit as Oklahoma recorded eight against KU’s pitcher Kassie Humphreys.
Oklahoma got on the board early after Ogden and Aleman each tallied a single in the bottom of the second. With runners at the corners, Dickson drove in the first run of the game with an RBI bunt single.
In the fifth, Spaulding and Vesely sparked the offense as they recorded back-to-back RBI doubles to extend OU’s advantage to 3-0. Oklahoma didn’t let up as freshman Samantha Ricketts followed the back-to-back doubles with an RBI single to left field to score Vesely and extend the lead to 4-0.
KU’s Destiny Frankenstein ended the shutout with a solo home run to deep left field in the bottom of the seventh for the final score of the game.
With the win, Oklahoma currently sits at sixth in the Big 12 standings with no games remaining. However OU’s seeding in the Big 12 Championships will not be determined until next weekend when every conference team finishes Big 12 regular season play.
Oklahoma will take its four-game winning streak to Fayetteville, Ark., as it takes on the Razorbacks in a doubleheader on Monday. The Sooners will begin game one of the doubleheader at 4 p.m.