|W - Stevens (33-7)||4.0||6||3||3||2||4|
|L - Freeman (21-17)||4.2||14||11||7||2||3|
|S - None||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|OU - Williams||4||1||4||6||0||1|
|OSU - Morrison||3||1||2||2||0||1|
|Player of the Game|
|Brittany Williams // Sr. // OF
Senior Day couldn't have gone much better for Williams. She was 4-4 to set a career high in hits and drove in a career-best six runs in OU's win Sunday. She hit a three-run homer in the first and added three run-scoring singles.
NORMAN, Okla. – Sunday marked Senior Day for the No. 13/10 Oklahoma softball team and all three seniors played a role in the Sooners’ 11-3, five-inning win over Oklahoma State (26-28, 5-13).
“Sometimes on Senior Day you want to go out being phenomenal and I think they just settled in and every senior did something significant to help us win,” OU head coach Patty Gasso said.
“Whether it’s Brittany [Williams] and her hard hits, or Destinee [Martinez] in the first pitch of the game found herself on. Javen [Henson] made a really outstanding play up the middle early in the game so, it was just fuel for the rest of their teammates who want to play well for them on senior day.”
Leading the way for Oklahoma (45-10, 16-2) Sunday was Williams. The Santa Clarita, Calif., native enjoyed a career day by going 4-4 with a career-best six runs batted in.
“It felt good,” Williams said. “I was just taking my hacks today and trying to make adjustments from yesterday.”
With the win, which was played in front of a Marita Hynes Field record crowd of 1,728, Oklahoma finished the regular season on a 12-game winning streak and as winners of 27 of its past 29 games. In addition, OU tallied a 16-2 record in Big 12 play to match the 2008 squad (also 16-2) for best conference winning percentage in program history.
Oklahoma grabbed momentum early, scoring seven runs over the game’s first two innings.
Senior Destinee Martinez swung at the first pitch in the bottom of the first and drilled a single to center field. Junior Georgia Casey then dribbled a single of her own through the left side to put two on. After the first out of the inning was recorded, Williams drove a 2-1 pitch to the bleachers in left field for a three-run homer.
It was Williams’ 10th home run of the season and the 35th of her career. She’s now tied with teammate Shelby Pendley for 10th on OU’s all-time home run list.
“Any time we come out like that, it’s awesome for our pitchers and gives them a little breathing room,” Casey said of the team’s opening inning. “It’s just really good momentum and holds the other team down a little bit. “
Oklahoma took advantage of an OSU error and scored four more runs in the second, all of which were unearned and came with two outs.
Junior Callie Parsons led off the inning with a grounder that was misplayed by shortstop Gessenia DeLaCruz. A sac bunt from senior Javen Henson moved Parsons to second and two batters later Martinez picked up her second hit to put runners on the corners. Casey also collected her second hit as she followed with a run-scoring single of her own.
Again with runners on the corners, Pendley drove the first of her two doubles to the wall in left field to make it a 6-0 lead. Williams then capped the inning with a run-scoring single to center field.
The Cowgirls scored the next three runs as Ari Morrison hit a two-run homer in the third and DeLaCruz added a solo shot in the fourth, but Oklahoma put the game away and recorded its 22nd run-rule win of the season over the next two innings.
In the fourth, Pendley hit a wind-aided double to shallow left center with two outs and Williams capitalized with a single up the middle to make it 8-3.
Three runs in the fifth then ended the game early.
Parsons started the inning with a single to center field. Two batters later, sophomore Erin Miller broke out of an 0-17 skid with a two-run homer to right center. It was her third homer of the season.
Two batters later, Casey walked and reached third as Pendley singled and advanced to second on the throw. Like she had done all day, Williams came up clutch again and singled off the wall in center field to put the run-rule into effect and end the game.
The win was earned by sophomore Kelsey Stevens. She threw 4.0 innings with three runs allowed on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Stevens' record now stands at 33-7 on the year, tying Florida State's Lacey Waldrop for the most wins in the nation.
In addition to Williams’ day, which was the fourth four-hit game for a Sooner this year, fellow senior Martinez was 2-4 with two runs scored. Henson was 0-2 at the plate but did put down a sacrifice bunt and made a terrific defensive play in third as she made a diving stop on a ball up the middle and flipped it to Casey for an inning-ending force out.
With the regular season over, Oklahoma awaits its postseason fate Sunday night with the NCAA Selection Show, which airs at 9 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
While in excellent shape to host an NCAA Regional, Oklahoma is hoping for a top-eight seed and the chance to host a Super Regional. It’s a seed that Gasso thinks the Sooners have earned.
“I think, not just from the body of work, but also from the reputation of what we do in the postseason,” she said. “I think the defending national champion deserves a little love. Whether they [the committee] think that way or not, I don’t know. I think we’re going to fall somewhere [No.] 7, 8, 9 or 10. Hopefully we can get into that [No.] 8 spot; it fits pretty nicely.”