|W - Stevens (26-7)||7.0||1||0||0||1||6|
|L - Thompson (2-4)||5.0||7||3||3||2||0|
|S - None||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|OU - Casey||3||1||1||2||0||1|
|UNT - Ferrell||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|Player of the Game|
|Kelsey Stevens // So. // P
Stevens faced just two batters over the minimum and came three outs away from a no-hitter in OU's shutout victory. Stevens struck out six and walked one in throwing her seventh shutout of the season. She retired 15 straight batters at one point.
NORMAN, Okla. – Sophomore Kelsey Stevens was just three outs away from her first no-hitter as a Sooner, but a one-hitter was still a fine consolation prize as No. 17/12 Oklahoma shut out North Texas, 3-0, on Wednesday night.
Stevens allowed just two baserunners during the entire contest, the first of which was a walk to Jordan Terry to lead off the second inning. From there, Stevens retired the next 15 batters she faced until Spencer Ferrell singled to left field on the first pitch of the seventh inning.
After the game, Stevens said the no-hitter wasn't weighing on her mind.
"I was just trying to go out and do what I was going the innings before and just get out of the game,” she said.
It was the seventh shutout of the season for Stevens and the 13th recorded by the Sooners. In fact, OU has now thrown three straight shutouts, tying for the longest such streak of the season. The Sooners also had three shutouts in a row from March 30 – April 4.
Stevens struck out six as she recorded her fourth complete-game, one-hitter on the season. She also accomplished the feat against Boise State on Feb. 20, Kansas on April 4 and at Baylor on April 12.
The Albuquerque, N.M., native has thrown one no-hitter in her career, a perfect game over Virginia on Feb. 23 of last season while playing at Stanford.
Both teams struggled to get the offense going as North Texas starter Madison Thompson held the Sooners off the board through four innings.
“We were not very disciplined," OU head coach Patty Gasso said. "We were not letting the ball get deep, we were just early on everything. We had some rollover ground balls early and popping things up and that’s not characteristic of us. We’re a much smarter hitting team. We just were not being very disciplined. Part of that is just the mind not being right and the body not being right.
"The good news is that we have a pitcher that probably would tell you that she was not the best she’s ever been either, but a one-hit shutout is a pretty nice result when a team is not really pounding the ball the way that they need to. So, when not all parts of your game are working, when you can get one strong piece, like we did on the mound, and the defense doing their job, it buys time for the offense to figure things out. That’s really kind of the story of today.”
Oklahoma finally opened the scoring in the fifth.
Freshman Macey Hatfield led off the frame with a double over the head of left fielder Jackie Miller. Junior Jessica Vest came in as a pinch runner and was sacrificed over to third base by senior Javen Henson.
On the very next pitch, junior Georgia Casey crushed a long home run over the bleachers in left center. It was her ninth of the year and the 25th of her career.
The Sooners added an insurance run an inning later as senior Brittany Williams drove a 1-2 pitch over the bleachers in right center to lead off the sixth inning. It was No. 6 on the year for Williams and No. 31 in her Sooners career.
Oklahoma stays out of conference for its next series, hosting UAB for a three-game set this weekend. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 2 p.m., and both games are scheduled to air on Fox Sports Oklahoma.