Sooners Finish Sweep of LSU with 3-2 Win
|W - Stevens (14-5)||4.1||5||2||1||1||4|
|L - Czechner (6-6)||6.0||6||3||2||3||4|
|S - Pendley (1)||2.2||1||0||0||0||2|
|OU - Williams||3||1||2||1||0||0|
|LSU - Quinn||3||1||1||2||0||1|
|Player of the Game|
|Shelby Pendley // Jr. // IF
Pendley starred at the plate and in the circle as the Sooners finished off a sweep of LSU Sunday. She was 2-2 at the plate to extend her hitting streak to a season best 13 games. In addition, she scored a run and drew a walk. But her biggest contribution came in a relief appearance. She entered the game in the fifth inning facing a bases-loaded situation with one out, but got two big strikeouts to end the threat. She pitched 2.2 innings with one hit, no runs, no walks and two strikeouts to earn her first career save.
NORMAN, Okla. -- A three-run third inning and a clutch relief appearance from junior Shelby Pendley gave No. 22/16 Oklahoma (21-8) a 3-2 win Sunday over LSU (19-12) to complete a two-game sweep of the Tigers.
A day after Pendley’s heroics at the plate gave OU a 2-1 comeback win in the opening game of the series, Pendley’s biggest contributions came in the circle Sunday.
OU led 3-1 entering the fifth inning but LSU got one run back on a bases-loaded hit by pitch. Pendley came in to relieve starter Kelsey Stevens and faced a bases-loaded, one-out situation with LSU’s No. 3 and 4 hitters due up.
Against Bianka Bell, Pendley fell behind 1-0 but came back with a called strike and got foul ball. Now ahead 1-2, Pendley painted the outside corner for the strikeout. Cleanup hitter Sahvanna Jaquish, who homered in Saturday’s contest, came up next. Pendley got ahead 0-2 but Jaquish battled back to a full count. Pendley persevered, though, and got Jaquish to strike out swinging to end the threat.
Pendley then threw the game’s final two innings to earn her first career save. She finished the day with 2.2 innings pitched, one hit allowed, no runs and two strikeouts.
In 7.0 innings of work this year, Pendley has still yet to allow a run to cross the plate. She has a 0.00 earned run average with four strikeouts, four walks and three hits allowed.
Stevens threw the game’s first 4.1 innings to improve to 14-5 on the season. She struck out four, walked one and allowed two earned runs on five hits.
Oklahoma got all of its runs in the third inning.
Junior Georgia Casey led off with a wind-aided double behind third base and two batters later Pendley walked to put two runners on. The OU duo then attempted a double steal. Jaquish tried to throw out Casey at third, but the throw hit Casey in the helmet and skipped into center field to allow Casey to score.
Pendley moved up to third on the play and, after a foul out, came home on an RBI double by senior Brittany Williams. It looked as though LSU would get out of the inning with just the two runs surrendered as sophomore Erin Miller hit a comebacker to Tigers starter Ashley Czechner, but her throw sailed wide of first base to allow Williams to score.
Casey, Pendley and Williams each had two hits as the Sooners finished with six on the day.
Constance Quinn got LSU on the board in the next inning with a solo home run.
Oklahoma returns to action next week with a home game against North Texas on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.