Home Winning Streak Ends at 16 With Loss

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 01, 2014
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
NU 0 0 3 1 0 2 1 7 15 1
OU 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 6 2
W - Lockman (6-3) 7.0 6 2 2 4 5
L - Casey (1-2) 2.0 5 3 3 1 2
S - N/A - - - - - -
Individual Leaders
OU - Casey 3 1 1 1 0 1
NU - Stokes 4 1 2 2 0 0
Player of the Game
MartinezDestinee Martinez // Sr. // OF
Martinez had a team-high two hits, including an RBI single in the third inning to lead the OU offense. Martinez finished 2-3 in the game, also recording a single in the bottom of the second.

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma’s 16-game home winning streak, the fifth-longest in program history, came to an end in a 7-2 loss to No. 16/15 Nebraska in game two of a doubleheader Saturday.

Ranked 20th in the NFCA poll and 13th by USA Softball, OU (13-6) took game one of the doubleheader in a thrilling 5-4 comeback win capped by Callie Parsons’ walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh. But Nebraska (12-6) got its revenge in game two, leading from start to finish.

Missed opportunities cost Oklahoma as it had its chances early to score.

In the first inning, sophomore Erin Miller and junior Lauren Chamberlain started the frame with back-to-back walks and later executed a double steal. Despite two runners in scoring position with one out, OU was unable to drive either player in.

In the second, the Sooners had the bases loaded with no outs but a line drive turned into a double play and then a strikeout quelled another threat.

Nebraska broke through with three runs in the third inning behind an RBI triple from Kiki Stokes, a run-scoring single from Taylor Edwards and a throwing error on OU pitcher Kelsey Stevens.

The Sooners were able to get a run back in the third inning.

Junior Shelby Pendley stood on second base with two outs after singling and recording a stolen base. Senior Destinee Martinez then drove her in with a single to left field.

The Huskers got that run right back, though, in the top of the fourth as Marjani Knighten took the first pitch over the wall in left field for a home run.

Oklahoma cut the lead in half in the fifth inning when junior Georgia Casey connected for her fifth homer of the year, but the Huskers tacked on two more runs in the sixth and a seventh run in the game’s final frame.

Four pitchers saw time in the circle, but the loss was given to Casey. She got the start and lasted 2.0 innings before being relieved by Stevens. Casey allowed three runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Stevens’ relief appearance only lasted one inning after pitching all seven innings of game one of the twinbill. The sophomore allowed one run on three hits with a walk and strikeout.

Sophomores Leslie Miller and Taylor Dewbery each saw time in the circle, as well. Miller threw 2.2 innings and allowed two runs on five hits, while Dewbery closed the final 1.1 innings with two hits and a run allowed.

Oklahoma is back in action with six games scheduled for next week. First up is another home contest against Louisiana Tech at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. OU then travels to Arkansas on Tuesday before returning home next weekend for the Courtyard Marriott Tournament, which features games against Western Illinois on Friday and Saturday and a doubleheader Saturday against Liberty and Tulsa.



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