|W - Stevens (17-5)||7.0||6||0||0||2||8|
|L - Freeman (14-8)||6.0||6||2||2||2||3|
|S - N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|OU - Pendley||3||1||1||1||0||1|
|OSU - Ettinger||3||0||2||0||0||0|
|Player of the Game|
|Kelsey Stevens // So. // P
Stevens threw her second individual shutout of the season, fourth combined, in leading OU to a 2-0 Bedlam win over Oklahoma State. She allowed six hits, only two of which came after the fourth inning, and struck out eight to improve to 17-5. At one stretch between the fourth and seventh innings, Stevens retired 10 straight batters.
NORMAN, Okla. – Sophomore Kelsey Stevens fired a six-hit shutout, and Oklahoma native Erin Miller drove in what turned out to be the game-winning run as No. 22/15 Oklahoma took the opening game of the Bedlam Series against Oklahoma State, 2-0, on Wednesday night.
The Sooners (25-8, 4-0 Big 12) extended their season-best winning streak to seven games while also pushing their winning streak over the Cowgirls (19-15, 0-4) to seven games with the victory. It was OU’s sixth shutout of the season and marked the team’s 28th straight Bedlam contest in which OSU was held to three runs or less.
Stevens was “exceptional” in the circle as she improved to 17-5 on the season, according to OU head coach Patty Gasso.
“I thought she got great outs when she needed them on her own and with a little help from the defense,” Gasso said. “She had eight strikeouts, six hits, and we can win with that. For her to go seven innings, we never had any thought of making a change.
“I don’t feel like anything got hit really hard, just bloopers or balls to the infield. I’m very impressed. She really had a good focus and competitive spirit tonight.”
Stevens allowed just six hits and two walks while striking out eight. Between the fourth and seventh innings, she retired 10 straight batters and got all the run support she needed along the way.
Sophomore Kady Self, who was named the Big 12 Player of the Week the day before, led off the fourth inning with a single through the left side. Two batters later, senior Brittany Williams drew a walk. After a strikeout, Miller stepped in to the box.
A Tulsa native, Miller chopped a 1-0 pitch to Ari Morrison at second base. Right before getting to Morrison, the ball took a nasty hop and ricocheted into right field allowing Self to score.
An insurance run came two innings later thanks to junior Shelby Pendley.
Pendley took two straight pitches for balls, but then unloaded a solo home run to left center to bring the season-high crowd of 1,110 to its collective feet. It was her team-best 11th home run of the season and 33rd as a Sooner. She is now tied with Lindsey Vandever for 10th on the all-time OU home run list.
The insurance run wasn’t ultimately needed, but it looked as if it might because Oklahoma State battled until the very end.
With one on and two out in the seventh, Gessenia DeLaCruz walked. Shelby Davis then pulled a grounder to the right side. Junior Georgia Casey made a terrific diving stop to keep it from going into right field, but the Cowgirls now had the bases loaded with two outs.
The drama wouldn’t last long, however, as Morrison flew out to Self in left field on the first pitch she saw.
The Sooners’ homestand continues this weekend as Kansas visits Marita Hynes Stadium in a three-game series. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m.