NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma softball team finished the home portion of its fall schedule with a 23-0 win over Northern in a scheduled 12-inning game at the OU Softball Complex Tuesday night.
The four-and-a-half hour game saw the Sooners post 18 RBI on 26 hits while holding Northern to 10 hits and zero runs.
Oklahoma was able to post a run in every inning except for the sixth.
“I was really wanting all of our girls to focus on specific things tonight in this game,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “We made a lot of significant changes throughout this game because we were trying to get the team to focus on the little things. I think this was a great game to learn a lot of lessons. I know we did tonight.”
Catcher Samantha Ricketts started the game off with a single to left field to score Amber Spaulding in the first frame and get the Sooner rally started. Ricketts finished the night three-for-six while tallying three RBI. Oklahoma went on to score two more runs in the first inning and begin the Sooner downpour of offense.
Left fielder Norrelle Dickson blasted a three RBI double to left field to push the Sooner lead to 7-0 in the third frame.
OU’s strongest inning came in the ninth inning off a Ricketts’ double to score three runs. Oklahoma would go on to score another run in the frame off a Northern error. Following the four-run ninth inning, OU would score four more runs in the final two innings to claim the victory.
Adding to Ricketts’ and Dickson’s offensive production were Kristin Vesely and Tayl’r Hollis. Vesely went two-for-four while adding a game-high four RBI. Hollis added three RBI on a game-high four hits.
While the Sooner bats were sparking, the OU defense was impressive as well. OU played four pitchers, giving each an equal three innings of work. Stacy Braddock earned the start and only allowed two hits while sitting down two batters of the 12 she faced.
Freshman D.J. Mathis was solid in her three innings of work, only allowing one hit and striking out a batter. Veteran senior Nicole Denes gave up four hits while fanning two batters.
Sophomore Jadyn Smith entered for the final three innings and had the most impressive performance of the four. Smith struck out six batters while only allowing two hits.
Oklahoma will conclude its entire fall season this weekend when it hits the road for the Spring Klein College Classic held in Houston, Texas, Oct. 14-17. The Sooners will start off the tournament Friday with a 7 p.m. meeting against New Mexico State. In Saturday’s action, Oklahoma will meet up with 2005 NCAA Regional foe Louisiana Lafayette at 1 p.m. OU’s final game on Saturday will be against Houston at 5 p.m.
Sunday’s meetings will feature Oklahoma against Texas State with the first pitch thrown at 9 a.m. Immediately following that game, OU will wrap up its fall season and the tournament with an 11 a.m. game vs. North Texas.