April 14, 2013
Winners of 10 in a row, Oklahoma is now 37-2 on the season to establish the best two-loss start in program history, surpassing a 36-2 beginning to the 2007 season. Within Big 12 play, the Sooners are 6-0 for the first time since the 2008 season.
Sophomore Lauren Chamberlain led the way with a career-high four hits. She also scored three runs, drove in two and stole her team-leading 10th base of the season.
Her solo home run in the sixth inning was her 21st of the season and 51st of her career. It also marked her fourth straight game with a home run, tying her school record that she had already achieved twice.
Fellow sophomore Shelby Pendley also enjoyed a standout game, going 3-4 with two runs scored and six driven in. She tied a career high in hits, doing so for the ninth time in her career and second time this series.
Oklahoma got on the board just three batters into the game.
Chamberlain led off with a single to center field and stole second before moving to third on a groundout. Pendley then pulled a single through the right side to stake OU to a 1-0 lead.
The Sooners batted around in the second, plating all five runs with two outs.
After two groundouts to first base, freshman Erin Miller kept the inning alive by singling to left field. Senior Brianna Turang and Chamberlain followed with singles of their own to load the bases for sophomore Georgia Casey.
A double off the wall by Casey scored two runs, while Pendley brought everyone home with a three-run home run to right center field to make it 6-0. It was her 13th of the season and 32nd of her career.
Oklahoma added another run in the third when, with runners on second and third and two outs, Chamberlain hustled down the line to beat out an infield single to shortstop and plate junior Destinee Martinez.
Texas Tech cut into the Sooners' lead in the fourth with three runs on an RBI single by Adriana Perez and a two-run home run by Katibeth King of OU starter Keilani Ricketts.
Coming off a no-hit performance on Friday night, Ricketts got the win on Sunday to move to 20-1 on the year. She struck out seven and walked two while giving up three runs on five hits.
The Sooners got one run back from Texas Tech, though, in the fifth inning as Martinez walked, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Miller.
A three-run sixth inning then ballooned the Sooners' lead to 11-3.
Chamberlain led off with a solo home run to center field, and Casey and Pendley followed with walks. Three batters later, sophomore Callie Parsons laced a double into the gap in left center to bring home both runners and match her career high in RBI.
King's second home run of the game, a three-run shot, was part of a four-run sixth inning for the Red Raiders but OU countered with two more runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Pendley to finish the scoring.
Oklahoma returns to action next week with a neutral site contest against Oklahoma State at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday.