Hot Hitting Continues in 14-2 win at ISU

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 29, 2014
Iowa StateIowa State
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
OU 4 6 1 0 3 x x 14 14 2
ISU 1 0 0 0 1 x x 2 9 1
W - L. Miller (4-0) 2.1 4 1 0 0 1
L - Imholz (0-1) 4.2 12 13 13 5 1
S - N/A - - - - - -
Individual Leaders
OU - Self 3 3 3 2 1 1
ISU - Slater 3 2 2 1 0 1
Player of the Game
SelfKady Self // So. // OF
Self continued her torrid hitting on Saturday by going 3-3 for the second straight day. She tied a career high with three runs scored and drove in two runs on a two-run homer in the first inning, her third long-ball of the weekend. In two games against the Cyclones this weekend Self is 6-6 with three home runs, six runs scored, seven runs batted in and two walks.

AMES, Iowa – Oklahoma (23-8, 2-0 Big 12) continued its recent dominance over Iowa State (17-13, 0-2) Saturday, posting a 14-2, five-inning victory.

The Sooners’ winning streak against the Cyclones now stands at 20, the third-longest active streak for OU against one opponent. Saturday’s victory also marked the fifth straight five-inning, run-rule win in the series for Oklahoma. In those five games, the Sooners have outscored ISU, 68-3.

For the second straight game, sophomore Kady Self was the catalyst for the OU offense. She has still yet to be put out by the Cyclones and, after a 3-3 day Saturday with three runs scored, two runs batted in, a home run and a walk, she is 6-6 on the weekend with three home runs, six runs scored, seven RBI and two walks.

Self was not the only Sooner to come up big Saturday, though. Sophomore Whitney Ellis was 4-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while freshman Macey Hatfield was 3-3 with two runs scored and the first three RBI of her career.

In addition, junior Georgia Casey drove in three runs while fellow junior Jessica Vest plated two more.

A two-out rally gave the Sooners a 4-0 lead after the top of the first.

Casey and senior Destinee Martinez hit back-to-back singles to open the contest. After two outs, Ellis faced a 2-2 count with a pair in scoring position, but was able to open the scoring by lining a double into left center.

With Ellis on first, Self kept up her torrid hitting by launching a two-run homer to center field. It was her fourth of the season and third of the weekend as the Sooners’ lead grew to 4-0.

Iowa State got an unearned run back in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Rachel Hartman, but the Sooners quickly countered in the top of the second with four more runs. Like the first, all the runs came with two outs.

Oklahoma had runners on the corners with two outs when Ellis hit a slow roller to shortstop that enabled all the runners to be safe and brought home Martinez. Self walked to fill the bases and freshman Macey Hatfield drove in the first two runs of her career with a single back up the middle.

A walk to sophomore Leslie Miller filled the bases back up and Vest was hit by a pitch to bring in the eighth run of the game for OU. Casey and Martinez followed with back-to-back bases-loaded walks to push the lead to 10-1.

Oklahoma added another run in the third inning as Hatfield delivered a bases-loaded single to left field to make it 11-1.

A three-run fifth inning pushed the lead to 14-1.

Ellis and Self both singled before Hatfield was hit by a pitch to fill the bases. After a force out at home, Vest singled to left center. Casey followed that by lining a two-run single into the corner in left field.

Miller saw her record improve to 4-0 as she threw the first 2.1 innings. She allowed four hits, one unearned run and struck out one.

The Sooners go for the series sweep over the Cyclones Sunday. First pitch is set for noon.



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