Series Evened Up with Texas After Loss

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 18, 2014
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
UT 2 0 1 0 4 2 x 9 13 0
OU 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 0 4 0
W - Davis (14-8) 6.0 4 0 0 4 1
L - Stevens (24-7) 4.2 7 6 6 1 5
S - N/A - - - - - -
Individual Leaders
OU - Casey 2 0 1 0 1 0
UT - Thom 3 3 3 1 0 1
Player of the Game
CaseyGeorgia Casey // Jr. // INF/P
Casey recorded a walk and fifth-inning double for the Sooners. It was her 13th double of the season, one behind team leader Shelby Pendley. In the series, Casey is 3-5 for a team-best .600 batting average.

NORMAN, Okla. – No. 12/16 Oklahoma struck first Thursday in its series with Texas, but the Longhorns evened things up Friday night with a 9-0, six-inning victory.

Despite the loss, the Sooners (33-10, 10-2) hold a lead of one and a half games in the Big 12 standings over Texas (27-17, 7-2) entering Saturday night’s rubber match.

“Well, we just from the start didn’t play well,” OU head coach Patty Gasso said. “I think we came out a little bit soft, and we didn’t give Texas enough credit that they were going to come in and go out and attack.

“We weren’t ready in the first, and you could see by the delayed steal and those kinds of things. They were very aggressive and we weren’t.”

The loss ended Oklahoma’s 14-game winning streak at Marita Hynes Stadium, which was the sixth-longest in school history. Oklahoma has won 30 of its past 32 games at home as the team’s last loss in Norman snapped a 16-game win streak.

Texas used small-ball tactics to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first.

Brejae Washington led off with a bunt single and two batters later moved to third on another bunt single, this time by Taylor Thom. Stephanie Wong then laced a single to left center to bring home Washington. Now on third base, Thom scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0.

Oklahoma looked as though they would match Texas’ inning as the Sooners loaded the bases with no one out thanks to a walk by junior Georgia Casey, a single by sophomore Kady Self and another walk by junior Shelby Pendley. However, an infield fly brought the first out, which was followed by a force out at home and a fly ball to center field to squander the scoring opportunity.

“I felt like we were going to—we usually come back and answer a score,” Gasso said. “When we didn’t in the first it didn’t really concern us because we knew that we were going to find ways to get ourselves on base, but it just started to take too long. We couldn’t get anything ignited.”

The Longhorns added another in the third as Thom hit a solo home run to left field, her ninth of the season, to push the lead to 3-0.

Oklahoma put its two leadoff hitters on in the fourth as senior Brittany Williams singled to right and sophomore Paris Townsend drew one of four OU walks. Strong defense by Texas thwarted the would-be rally though as the Longhorns got three groundouts to end the frame.

Texas then broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning as Stephanie Wong hit a two-run double and Tiarra Davis and Mandy Ogle added RBI singles.

The run-rule then went into effect in the sixth inning as Lindsey Stephens hit a two-run home run to the right of the batter’s eye in center field.

It was the first run-rule loss suffered by the Sooners since a 15-6, five-inning loss to Texas on March 28, 2009. In that span, OU recorded 85 run-rule wins of its own.

“The beauty of our game is that you get to fix it the next day,” Gasso said of her message to the team after the game. “You usually always get the next day to get it right. We are going to wash this away, we’re going to credit them for playing well and for us not giving much of a fight back, and we’re going to have a completely different approach where we’re going to leave everything we have on the field and we’re going to be ready from the first pitch.”

The three-game series concludes Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be shown on Fox Sports Regional.



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