|W - Stevens (12-3)||7.0||6||5||5||4||7|
|L - Wallace (7-2)||5.0||7||8||5||6||5|
|S - N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|OU - Ellis||3||2||2||3||1||1|
|ULL - Elkins||4||1||1||3||0||1|
|Player of the Game|
|Whitney Ellis // So. // C
Ellis tied with fellow sophomore Erin Miller with a team-high three runs batted in during Friday's win. Ellis was 2-4 and scored two runs with a walk. She led off the sixth inning with her sixth home run of the season and seventh of her career, while adding an RBI double in the second and a bases-loaded walk in the seventh.
LAFAYETTE, La. – Sophomores Whitney Ellis and Erin Miller each drove in three runs as No. 19/13 Oklahoma (18-6) picked up its first road win of the season in three chances by defeating No. 23/24 Louisiana Lafayette (15-6-1) in a three-hour slugfest, 13-5, Friday night.
Ellis was 2-3 on the day with two runs scored and a walk, while Miller was 2-4 and also scored twice with a walk. In addition, junior Georgia Casey tied a career high in hits by going 3-4 and matched a career high with three runs scored.
The win was the first in a road matchup for the Sooners this season after previously falling at Cal State Fullerton, 3-1, in the second game of the season on Feb. 7 and at No. 5/5 Arizona State, 7-0, on Feb. 14. The victory also extended the Sooners’ winning streak in the series against the Ragin’ Cajuns to five games and snapped a three-game losing streak in Lafayette dating to the 1996 season.
Both teams got on the board in the first inning Friday.
With the bases loaded, Miller hit a grounder to second baseman Natalie Fernandez, who made a diving stop but threw wildly to first base. Junior Georgia Casey scored on the single, while the error also allowed junior Shelby Pendley to score. Two batters later, junior Callie Parsons dropped an RBI single into left field to score Miller and give the Sooners a 3-0 lead.
Louisiana-Lafayette answered back in the bottom of the frame as Shelbi Redfearn hit a two-out, two-run home run off the scoreboard in right field, but the Sooners got back one of those runs in the top of the second.
With one out and one on, Pendley extended her hitting streak to a season-high eight games with a single to right field. The streak is one off her career high of nine games. Ellis then roped an RBI double to left center.
OU starter Kelsey Stevens settled down after the first and retired nine of the next 11 batters she faced between the second through fourth innings. She won her fifth straight start to improve to 12-3 as she struck out seven.
Oklahoma padded its lead with three runs in the fifth despite not collecting a hit.
Senior Javen Henson was hit by a pitch, but was out at second as Parsons reached on a fielder’s choice. Senior Brittany Williams walked before sophomore Kady Self came on to pinch run. After a strikeout, Casey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Martinez then a sharp grounder that shortstop Meagan Thomas booted into center field allowing two runs to score and putting OU up 6-2.
After a walk to Pendley, ULL starter Jordan Wallace threw one of three wild pitches to allow Casey to score and push the lead to 7-2.
The Ragin’ Cajuns trimmed the deficit to 7-5 in the bottom of the inning when Lexie Elkins hit a three-run home run to center field.
Oklahoma got one of those runs back in the sixth when Ellis launched her sixth home run of the season, and seventh of her career, to lead off the inning.
Five more runs crossed the plate for OU in the top of the seventh.
Ellis drew a bases-loaded walk with one out to make it 9-5 before Miller blooped a single into right field to plate two more runs. A sacrifice fly from Henson brought the score to 12-5, while Williams finished off the scoring with an RBI single to center field.
The three-game series wraps up Saturday with a doubleheader on ESPN3.com. The games were originally supposed to start at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., but due to rain in the forecast, the games have been moved up to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.