|W - Dewbery (3-0)||4.0||7||4||4||0||2|
|L - Streetman (18-13)||4.1||7||5||5||9||4|
|S - Pendley (4)||3.0||2||0||0||0||2|
|OU - Casey||4||0||3||2||0||0|
|UAB - Davis||2||1||1||3||0||1|
|Player of the Game|
|Shelby Pendley // Jr. // IF/P
Pendley threw 3.0 scoreless innings to earn the save Sunday. She allowed just two hits and didn't walk a batter to go with four strikeouts as she picked up her fourth save of the season. At the plate, she was 1-2 with two walks.
NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 17/12 Oklahoma softball team (39-10) completed a three-game sweep of UAB (29-23) Sunday with a 6-4 victory. The win over the Blazers, who entered the game with an RPI of 33, pushes OU’s non-conference winning streak to 10 games.
“It was a big, big sweep," Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso said. "That’s telling from someone that’s kind of in the middle of understanding how all this works. The team we just beat has a very high RPI and that helps us tremendously, especially this weekend.
"I respect UAB. We don’t have a history with them, but I respect the program, their coach and the style of their play. I think that team made us better this weekend. They exposed some of our weaknesses and we had to play hard from first pitch to the last pitch on all days, we really did. I was really impressed by their efforts and some of their athletes."
Like it had done in the previous games of the series, UAB scored the game’s opening run.
With two out and two on, Heather Pearson lined a double over the head of center fielder Destinee Martinez to drive home Danii Fernandez.
An inning later, the Blazers added an additional run, making it 2-0.
Amy Dennis led off with a single through the left side. Ashley Johnson followed with a shot that reached the wall in center field. Dennis safely advanced to third, but a strong throw from Martinez nailed Johnson as she attempted to turn her single into a double. Hayley Davis followed, though, with a sacrifice bunt and Dennis slid in ahead of the tag from catcher Whitney Ellis to score.
Just as UAB had scored first in each of the previous games, Oklahoma did what it had done earlier in the series by making a comeback.
It started in the second as sophomore Leslie Miller drew a five-pitch walk. After a sacrifice bunt from senior Javen Henson moved her to second, Martinez lined a single to center field that skipped away from Dennis. The error allowed Miller to score and Martinez to advance all the way to third.
Chamberlain drew her second walk of the game and also her second stolen base to put a pair into scoring position before sophomore Kady Self singled to center field to tie the game at 2-2.
An intentional walk to junior Shelby Pendley loaded the bases and two batters later, junior Georgia Casey hit a one-hopper to Caitlin Attfield at shortstop. Attfield made a diving stop and tried to get the third out by tagging second base, but it wasn’t in time and heads up baserunning allowed both Chamberlain and Self to score and give OU a 4-2 advantage.
The Blazers tied the game up at 4-4 in the fourth when Davis hit a home run to left field, but OU had an answer in the bottom of the inning.
Self led off with a single to left field. One out later and with senior Brittany Williams up, Self stole second. The move paid dividends as Williams pulled a soft single into right field and Self raced home for the go-ahead run.
With the lead in hand, OU pulled starter Taylor Dewbery in place of Pendley. Dewbery, who was making the first start of her career, got the win to bump her record to 3-0. She matched a season high with two strikeouts and allowed four runs on seven hits.
Pendley picked up the fourth save of the season as she struck out two and allowed just two hits in three scoreless innings.
"What we’re finding out is, for example today, being able to put Taylor Dewbery out on the mound for a start, who has not seen the mound in close to two months, to give us that amount of innings," Gasso said. "But also in offense to say, ‘It’s okay, we got you. Don’t worry, we’ll back you up.’
"And then to see Shelby Pendley close and get some of their big hitters to groundout. She understands where to put the ball and at the same time, she’s just a big time competitor."
Oklahoma added an insurance run in the sixth.
After reaching on a fielder’s choice, Ellis moved up to second as Miller grounded out to short and then to third base on a passed ball. Henson followed with a grounder to Attfield but the throw was low and got away from first baseman Megan McGrath. That allowed Ellis to score and give the Sooners a cushion.
UAB threatened in the bottom of the seventh but Pendley held strong.
With one out and one on, Attfield singled up the middle. A groundout to Casey at third moved the runners into scoring position, but Pendley got Kristen McGrath to hit a soft chopper back to her in the circle for the final out.
Oklahoma returns to action with its final non-conference game of the regular season on Wednesday at Arkansas. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.