Sooners Overwhelm Arkansas in Five, 10-2

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 30, 2014
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
OU 6 2 2 0 0 x x 10 12 1
ARK 0 0 0 2 0 x x 2 3 3
W - Stevens (29-7) 4.0 2 2 2 0 6
L - Young (4-5) 0.1 4 6 6 2 1
S - None -- -- -- -- -- --
Individual Leaders
OU - Casey 3 3 2 3 1 1
ARK - Fagan 2 1 1 2 0 1
Player of the Game
CaseyGeorgia Casey // Jr. // IF/P
Casey's three-run blast in the first inning helped set the tone for OU's run-rule win over Arkansas. It was her 10th of the season, equaling her personal best in a season set as a freshman in 2012. Casey also tied a career high with three runs scored as she finished 2-3 with a walk on the day.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A six-run first inning set the tone as No. 15/12 Oklahoma (40-10) overwhelmed Arkansas (27-25) in five innings, 10-2, Wednesday afternoon.

The run-rule win was the 20th of the season for the Sooners, and the win over the Razorbacks marked their 11th consecutive win against a non-conference opponent.

Oklahoma is now 19-2 all-time against Arkansas and has won five straight in the series. Among teams it has faced at least 20 times, OU's winning percentage of .905 against the Razorbacks is second best.

The Sooners wasted little time in scoring against the Razorbacks as they jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the top of the first.

Sophomore Kady Self drew a one-out walk and moved up to second as junior Shelby Pendley singled to the hole at shortstop. A double to the gap in left center by senior Brittany Williams brought home Self, while sophomore Georgia Casey followed with a towering three-run homer to left field to clear the bases and put OU up 4-0.

It was Casey’s 10th home run of the season, tying a personal best set as a freshman in 2012. In addition, it was No. 26 of her Oklahoma career.

Sophomore Leslie Miller kept the attack going with a walk and fellow sophomore Whitney Ellis followed with a single that deflected off the glove of Arkansas starter Kelly Young. Ellis’ single prompted a pitching change, knocking Young out after just a third of an inning.

With two on, senior Javen Henson put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position but she hustled down the line, helping prompt an errant throw from third baseman Chloe Oprzedek, which allowed Miller to score and Ellis to take third.

A sacrifice bunt from senior Destinee Martinez moved Henson into scoring position before a walk to junior Lauren Chamberlain loaded the bases. Self came up for the second time in the inning and drew her second walk, forcing home Ellis to give Oklahoma the 6-0 lead.  

Oklahoma added to its lead with two more runs in the second inning.

Casey got things started with a one-out walk. Miller drilled a single back up the middle before Ellis walked to fill the bases. Henson walked on five pitches to bring home the game’s seventh run, while Martinez followed with a run-scoring single to left center to push the lead to 8-0.

Two more runs in the third extended the lead to 10-0.

Pendley reached on an error to start the inning and stole second two batters later. Casey then singled up the middle to move Pendley to third base. After a steal of second by Casey, Miller hit chopper that went through the legs of shortstop Clarisa Navarro, which allowed Pendley to score and brought Casey to third. Two batters later, Henson singled to right field to drive in the 10th run of the game.

The run support turned out to be plenty for OU starter Kelsey Stevens. She took a no-hitter into the fourth inning en route to her 29th win of the season against just seven losses. After facing just one batter over the minimum through three innings, Stevens gave up a single with one out in the fourth.

Two batters later, Kasey Fagan homered to left field to cut into the lead at 10-2. Stevens finished the game with just two runs and two hits allowed to go along with no walks and six strikeouts.

She gave way to Pendley in the fifth, who worked around a one-out single to close out the game.

Oklahoma has just five games left to play in the regular season, beginning this weekend with a  three-game series at home against Texas Tech. First pitch against the Red Raiders is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday.



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