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Oklahoma Drops Season Opener in Extras
February 07, 2014

 



4
 
1
2
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9
10
R
H
E
 Oklahoma
2
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
4
7
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 Kentucky
0
1
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1
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Box Score
Kentucky

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 Pitching
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
 W - Nunley (2-0)
10.0
7
4
4
4
8
 L - Casey (0-1)
3.1
3
2
1
1
3
 S - N/A - - - - - -
 
  Leaders
AB
R
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RBI
BB
HR
 OU - Chamberlain
4
2
2
1
1
1
 UK - Stokes
5
0
2
1
0
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 Up Next
Who: Cal State Fullerton
When: 9 p.m. CT
Live Stats: Click Here
Where: Fullerton, Calif.
Preview: Oklahoma looks to bounce back from its season-opening loss with a matchup against host-Cal State Fullerton.
Full Schedule | Notes | @OU_Softball
 

FULLERTON, Calif. – The No. 2/2 Oklahoma softball team’s 2014 season started on a disappointing note Friday night at the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, Calif., as No. 12/14 Kentucky rallied to post a 5-4, 10-inning victory over the defending national champions.

History was made in the loss, though. Junior Lauren Chamberlain hit a solo home run to lead off the third to tie the school and Big 12 record for career home runs. The blast was the 61st of her career, tying former Sooner Jessica Shults for the all-time mark.

The Sooners held a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning but the Wildcats hit a pair of solo home runs to force extras, marking just the second time in OU’s history they played extra innings in the season opener.  The other occurrence was Feb. 13, 1998 when Oklahoma beat Texas State, 3-0, in eight innings.

The Easton Tournament utilized the tiebreaker rule, which placed the last batter to record an out at second base to start an inning. Neither team was able to capitalize on the runner in scoring position until Kentucky's Christian Stokes doubled off the third base bag and into left field, allowing the winning run to score.

The loss snapped Oklahoma’s 13-game winning streak dating back to last season, which was tied for the 10th longest in program history. In addition, OU’s season-opening win streak ended at four games, while its eight-game win streak against ranked opponents also came to a close.
Things looked promising early on for the Sooners.

With one out and Chamberlain on first in the first inning, fellow junior Shelby Pendley got the green-light on a 3-0 pitch and went the opposite way for the first Oklahoma home run of the year. The two-run shot was the 42nd of her career and 23rd in an OU uniform.

A solo home run from Kentucky’s Maisie Steed cut the Sooners’ lead in half in the second, but Chamberlain’s record-tying blast in the third inning put OU back in front by two.

Kentucky again cut the lead to just one run in the fourth as pinch-hitter Krystal Smith lined a ball over senior Brittany Williams’ head in left field with runners on the corners and two outs. Nikki Sagermann scored easily from third but a great relay from Williams to junior Georgia Casey at second base to sophomore Whitney Ellis at home plate cut down Steed to keep OU on top.

Casey then provided what looked to be breathing room in the top of the seventh for the Sooners by crushing a solo home run to center field and give OU a two-run cushion at 4-2. It was the third of the day for Oklahoma and the 17th of her career.

Sophomore Kelsey Stevens made her Oklahoma debut by getting the start in the circle. The Stanford transfer threw the first six innings and struck out five while giving up three runs on six hits and one walk.

Casey took the loss for the Sooners. She struck out three in 3.1 innings of work, but allowed two runs, one of which was earned.

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