NORMAN, Okla. – Playing in its final game of the fall season, the Oklahoma softball jumped on Seminole State early en route to a resounding 11-0 victory Thursday afternoon. With the win, the Sooners went a perfect 8-0 during the fall campaign.
Oklahoma opened the contest with a four-run first inning, thanks in part to a patient eye at the plate.
The first three batters all reached for OU, setting the stage for senior Brittany Williams’ bases-loaded walk. Two batters later, sophomore Whitney Ellis drew a walk of her own with the bases filled, pitting OU to a 2-0 lead. Fellow sophomore Paris Townsend followed with an RBI single before senior Javen Henson reached on a fielder’s choice to bring home Williams.
The game remained 4-0 in the Sooners’ favor for the next three innings until Oklahoma doubled its lead with a four-run fifth.
Sophomore Erin Miller led off the frame with a single to left field and took second two batters later when junior Callie Parsons reached on a bunt single. Both runners came home then when junior Shelby Pendley launched a three-run home run to the back of the bleachers in right center.
Williams kept her strong day going with a single before junior Jessica Vest pinch ran, stole second and came around to score on Ellis’ double down the left field line.
With one out and Parsons on second in the sixth inning, sophomore Kady Self reached safely on an infield single. That set the stage for senior Destinee Martinez to send a single of her own back up the middle and put OU on top, 9-0.
Despite its lead, Oklahoma decided to bat in the bottom of the seventh to get extra at-bats before the fall season concluded. In doing so, the team tacked on two additional runs.
Vest singled to lead things off and was followed by freshman Tyler Lucas, who pulled a single through the left side. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch before Townsend’s RBI basehit up the middle played Vest and Self’s sacrifice fly drove in Lucas.
The run support was more than enough for the OU pitching staff, which limited the Lady Trojans to just one hit.
Sophomore Kelsey got the start in the circle and opened the game by striking out the side. She struck out four in her three innings of work with one walk and a bloop single in the third inning.
The Sooners other four pitchers were perfect over the final four innings.Sophomore Leslie Miller struck out one batter in her inning of work, while junior Georgia Casey got three of her four outs via strikeout. Junior Maggie Ham relieved Casey and got one punchout in 0.2 innings of work, before sophomore Taylor Dewbery closed things out in the seventh with a 1-2-3 inning.