Sooners Post Third-Straight Run-Rule Win

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 07, 2014
Western IllinoisWestern Illinois
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
WIU 0 0 0 1 0 0 x 1 6 1
OU 0 1 4 1 0 3 x 9 7 0
W - Stevens (10-3) 6.0 6 1 1 2 8
L - Bickford (2-2) 5.1 6 9 9 8 5
S - N/A - - - - - -
Individual Leaders
OU - Ellis 3 1 2 4 1 1
WIU - Bottino 3 0 2 0 0 0
Player of the Game
EllisWhitney Ellis // So. // C
Ellis kept her hot hitting going on Friday evening, as she collected her third consecutive multi-hit game. Ellis was 2-3 against Western Illinois with a run scored, a walk and four RBI. She hit a solo home run in the second inning and ended the game with a walk-off, two-run double in the sixth.

NORMAN, Okla. – No. 19/13 Oklahoma (16-6) recorded its third-straight run-rule victory with a 9-1, six-inning victory over Western Illinois (10-5) at the Courtyard Marriott Tournament Friday night in Norman.

After beating Louisiana Tech on Tuesday 11-3 in six innings and defeating Liberty earlier in the day Friday, 18-3, in five innings, OU took down the Fighting Leathernecks for their ninth run-rule win of the season. The current streak of three wins via run-rule is the longest for the Sooners since last year May 19-25 of last year when they also won straight win in that fashion.

“I think the numbers--the line is deceiving,” Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso said. “We absolutely crushed the ball in that game. When there were hard-hit outs, balls to the fence, I thought that was one of the better games I’ve seen us swing.

“I like what we did, although it’s showing that we had seven hits. RBIs—Whitney Ellis had four, Georgia [Casey] had two—throughout the lineup people were picking up RBIs. It was bases on balls with a combination of hits, stolen bases—it was very good to see that.”

The first inning passed without a run, but sophomore Whitney Ellis continued her torrid hitting with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the second. It was her fifth long ball of the year, and in her last three games she is 8-10 (.800) with five runs scored, 12 RBI, a double, three home runs, a walk and two stolen bases. She is slugging 1.800 in those three games with a .818 on-base percentage.

Oklahoma then broke the game open in the third inning by scoring four runs.

Sophomore Erin Miller was hit by a pitch to start the third and took second on a walk by junior Lauren Chamberlain. A single to right field from junior Shelby Pendley loaded the bases before back-to-back bases loaded walks from junior Georgia Casey and Ellis made the lead 3-0 for the Sooners.

Two batters later, senior Destinee Martinez drove in a run on an RBI groundout. Sophomore Paris Townsend walked to fill the bases back up, and junior Jessica Vest added the fourth run of the inning with a run-scoring single to right field.

Western Illinois got on the board in the top of the fourth thanks to a bases-loaded walk of its own, but Oklahoma got that run back in the bottom of the frame when Casey hit an RBI double to right field to score Chamberlain, who had walked.

In the sixth, Oklahoma scored three more runs to end the game via the run-rule.

With one out, Chamberlain turned on a 2-2 pitch and hit a deep home run to left field that hugged the foul line. After two home runs in the prior game versus Liberty, Chamberlain had her third home run of the day and fifth of the season. With 65 career home runs, Chamberlain is tied with three other players for 19th in NCAA Division I history.

Pendley walked and advanced to second as Casey singled to center field. The pair executed a double steal to get into scoring position, and Ellis came through again with a scorching single over the head of the centerfielder. It was her second time in the past three games to record a walk-off hit after hitting a three-run homer to end Tuesday’s win over Louisiana Tech.

The win was earned by OU sophomore Kelsey Stevens. She struck out eight, matching her second-highest total of the season, and allowed just one run on six hits and two walks. Her record stands at 10-3 on the year and she’s won in each of her past three starts.

Tournament play continues on Saturday as the Sooners host No. 20/21 Tulsa. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.



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