Softball Falls to No. 16 Texas A&M, 5-1

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 09, 2006

COLLEGE STATION, Texas After a strong offensive performance on Saturday, the No. 21 Oklahoma softball team was held to one hit against No. 16 Texas A&M on Sunday as the Sooners fell to the Aggies, 5-1, to split the weekend series.  Another large crowd at the Aggie Softball Complex saw the Aggies improve to 26-11 and 6-2 in league play while the Sooners dropped to 26-14-1 and 3-6 in the Big 12.

Texas A&M hurler Amanda Scarborough was impressive in the circle as she improved to 12-5 after holding the Sooners to one hit and no earned runs while fanning seven OU batters.  The sophomore right-hander has only given up three hits total in two straight outings against No. 1 Texas and No. 21 Oklahoma.

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Offensively, the lone Sooner to get a hit was leadoff batter Norrelle Dickson, who ranks second in the Big 12 with a .463 batting average.

The Aggies didn’t waste any time as TAMU plated three runs on four hits in the first inning as Jamie Hinshaw led off the inning with a double to left field to rally A&M’s offense.  After Sharonda McDonald singled and Megan Gibson was hit by a pitch, TAMU had the bases loaded with no outs.   Amanda Scarborough’s single scored Hinshaw and a wild pitch plated McDonald. The Aggies added another run off a Holly Ridley RBI single and TAMU owned a 3-0 lead after one frame.

TAMU added another in the second after Gibson’s two-out double brought in McDonald.  However, Gibson was picked oft at second after the run scored and the second inning was complete.

The Sooners posted a run in the third after Jessica Legendre led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Traci Dickenson.  Norrelle Dickson’s single advanced Legendre to third and an error by TAMU’s center fielder scored Legendre, but it would mark OU’s lone run of the game.

Texas A&M added one more in the third after Scarborough led off the inning with a double and scored TAMU’s fifth run of the game after a Ridley RBI double.

Freshman hurler D.J. Mathis started for the second straight game after an impressive win against the Aggies on Saturday where she gave up only five hits and no runs in the complete game.  However, Mathis only lasted two innings on Sunday after allowing four earned runs and giving up six hits.

Fellow freshman Morgan Hudsonpillar replaced Mathis, but only lasted 2/3 of an inning after allowing an earned run on three hits.  Senior Nicole Denes replaced Hudsonpillar and pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing only two hits and zero runs.

The Sooners have little time to rest as they end their seven-game road stretch with a doubleheader against Baylor on Monday in Waco, Texas.  The first game of the twin bill is slated to begin at 5 p.m. and the second set for 7 p.m.  Both games will be available on broadcast with Brian Brinkley pulling the one-man-show.  The first game can be heard live on Yahoo while the second game will be available on KOKC (1520 AM).



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