|W - Stevens (30-7)||7.0||2||0||0||2||11|
|L - Aucoin (14-8)||5.0||4||5||5||3||5|
|S - None||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|OU - Williams||2||1||2||2||1||1|
|TTU - Emanuel||3||0||1||0||0||1|
|Player of the Game|
|Kelsey Stevens // So. // P
Stevens slowed down a Texas Tech offense that entered the game with a .308 batting average, allowing just two hits and two walks. She took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, giving up the first hit with one out in the frame. She matched a season high with 11 strikeouts and didn't allow a runner to reach second base.
NORMAN, Okla. – Sophomore Kelsey Stevens matched a season high with 11 strikeouts and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as No. 15/12 Oklahoma (41-10, 12-2) opened its series against Texas Tech (35-17, 8-8) with a 5-0 win Friday night.
The win puts the Sooners just two victories away from a share of the Big 12 championship. It would be the third conference title in a row for Oklahoma, a feat that has not been accomplished in league history.
To start the weekend on the right note, the Sooners turned to Stevens and the staff ace delivered.
Her 11 strikeouts matched the total she recorded against Tulsa on March 9 in a 1-0 victory. Stevens faced just two batters over the minimum through five innings and got the first out in the sixth before Sydni Emanuel singled to left field for the first Texas Tech hit.
"I think everything was just kind of working,” Stevens said. “The changeup was really good tonight, and I kind of just got ahead of batters."
Four baserunners reached base for the Red Raiders but none managed to get beyond first base. Stevens allowed two hits and two walks but improved her record to 30-7 on the season. It was her eighth shutout of the season and the 14th thrown by the Sooners.
"I thought Kelsey [Stevens] was on her game tonight,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “Texas Tech has a potent offense. If you look at their numbers you'll see that they've got power, they've got speed, they've got good averages.
“We really executed the game-plan very well. We just never felt much of a threat, and for her to do that against a team like that is very tough to do, so I thought she did very well.”
The Sooners got on the board in the first inning for Stevens with a two-out rally.
Junior Lauren Chamberlain led off with a walk and moved to second on a groundout. Two batters later, senior Brittany Williams drove the first pitch she saw back up the middle for her 32nd RBI of the season.
Oklahoma added to its lead in the third with a pair of solo home runs.
Playing in her fifth game back after missing 23 contests due to injury, Chamberlain hit her first homer since her return to lead off the frame. The solo shot clanked off the scoreboard for her seventh of the year and 67th of her career. She’s now tied with Jessica Moore (Charlotte/Liberty, 2004/2005-07) for 17th in NCAA history.
"It's the good old days,” Gasso said. “She just looked really comfortable, and as we're going along, I feel her really getting her timing and her swing back, so it's not too long from now that I think she's going to feel really comfortable with what she's doing.
“And for her to stay in the game defensively, and to tell me she's okay to do that, is a big step for her."
After a pair of outs, Williams picked up her second RBI of the game when she drove a pitch to the bleachers in left center. It was her eighth of the year and the 33rd of her career.
The Sooners added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth.
After Williams drew a leadoff walk, junior Jessica Vest entered as a pinch runner to give the Sooners more speed on the bases. The move paid off as junior Georgia Casey followed with a double to the gap in right center and Vest was able to hustle around the bases and give OU a 4-0 lead.
Leslie Miller then walked and ball four went to the backstop, enabling Casey to take third. The errant pitch proved costly as senior Destinee Martinez slapped a single up the middle to extend the lead to 5-0.
The teams return to the field Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.