WACO, Texas In a contest that saw strong offense from both teams, the No. 21 Oklahoma softball team (27-14-1, 4-6 Big 12) used 15 hits to beat No. 18 Baylor (25-16, 5-4 Big 12), 9-7, Monday night in game one of the doubleheader in Waco, Texas. The Baylor offense used five home runs, a school record for opponents against Oklahoma, to score all seven of its runs.
Freshman designated player Samantha Ricketts highlighted the offense with a 3-for-4 outing and three RBI. Four other Sooners recorded multiple hits in the contest.
The Sooners took the first lead of the game after consecutive singles by Ricketts and Mariee Mena to open the second inning. Jade Prather, pinch running for Ricketts, advanced to third on a fly ball to right field and scored OU’s first run of the game on a passed ball.
It didn’t take long for the Bears to answer as BU’s Chelsi Lake led off the bottom of the second with a deep home run over the left center field fence to even the score, 1-1.
OU countered in the third with straight singles by Traci Dickenson and Norrelle Dickson. After Kristin Vesely walked to load the bases, it was Ricketts again as she pounded a two RBI double to right center field to give OU the 3-1 advantage.
Ricketts’ double ended BU starter Lisa Ferguson’s stay in the circle as she was relieved by Brittany Turner after giving up five hits and four earned runs. Turner was unable to hold the Sooners as Mena and catcher Susan Ogden added to the scoring with RBI singles. Sophomore Savannah Long followed with an RBI double to push OU’s lead to 6-1.
Once again the Bears responded in the third with a two-run homer by Osburn to shrink OU’s lead to three, Following the home run, OU starter D.J. Mathis was replaced by freshman Morgan Hudsonpillar. Mathis finished with three runs on three hits in 2.2 innings of work.
The Sooners used a two-out rally to produce three runs on five hits in the fourth. RBI singles by Spaulding, Vesely and Ricketts extended OU’s lead to 9-3 after the top of the fourth.
Baylor’s Turner was relieved by Monceaux after one out in the fourth. Turner gave up four runs on five hits in one and 1/3 innings before being replaced.
Baylor cut the lead in the bottom of the sixth after back-to-back homers by Brette Reagan and Lake, her second of the game.
In the seventh, the Bears continued to make it interesting as Osburn pounded her second homer of the day, a two run shot that closed the gap as Baylor trailed 9-7. OU hurler Hudsonpillar was relieved by Denes as she retired the final batter and earned the save.
Hudsonpillar earned the win and improved to 5-4 on the year after pitching four complete innings and allowing four earned runs on five hits.
The Sooners and Bears squared off in the second game of the twin bill at 8 p.m.