Balanced Effort Leads Sooners Past DePaul

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
Box Score
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
DePaul 0 0 2 0 1 0 x 3 10 2
OU 2 0 1 4 1 3 x 11 11 1
W - S. Pendley (3-0) 1.2 4 1 1 1 1
L - Connolly (0-3) 5.0 7 8 4 10 3
S - Parker (1) 1.2 1 0 0 0 3
Individual Leaders
OU - S. Pendley 4 2 3 2 1 1
DePaul - Pihl 3 0 2 2 0 0
Player of the Game
Shelby PendleyShelby Pendley // Sr. // IF/P
Pendley came through at the plate and in the circle for OU. Entering the game with two hits in the first three games, she went 3-4 with two runs scored and two driven in, including her first home run of the season. Pendley also earned the win as she went 1.2 innings in relief, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Game Notes
OU's all-time record against DePaul stands at 9-6, including five straight wins ... with the win, Shelby Pendley improved to 3-0 and has already passed her win total from last season when she went 2-1 ... freshman Paige Parker earned the first save of her career ... with her two-run triple, Lauren Chamberlain now has 453 career total bases, moving past Nebraska's Jennifer Lizama (451 from 1997-00) for fourth place in Big 12 history ... in addition, Chamberlain picked up the 200th and 201st runs batted in of her career

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Seven different Sooners drove in a run and three pitchers combined for the win as No. 4/3 Oklahoma improved to 4-0 on the season with an 11-3, six-inning victory over No. 25/RV DePaul (0-4) Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Oklahoma moves on to face Hawaii (3-1) in the championship game of the Oceanic Time Warner Paradise Classic on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT.

Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley and Paige Parker each drove in two runs to lead the offense.

Pendley was 3-4 on the day with two runs scored, including her first home run of the season. It was No. 42 for her as a Sooner and No. 61 of her career. In the circle, she improved to 3-0 on the year as she allowed just one run in 1.2 innings of relief of starter Kelsey Stevens. Pendley allowed four hits and one walk while striking out one.

Parker closed out the game to pick up her first career save. She threw the final 1.2 innings and struck out three with one hit and no runs allowed.

Oklahoma struck first with a pair of runs in the first inning.

Chamberlain drew a one-out walk and moved to third when Pendley dropped a single into right field. After Pendley stole second base, DePaul starter Mary Connolly threw a wild pitch to the backstop. Chamberlain broke from third and used a feet-first slide to dislodge the ball on a play at the plate.

A walk to Parker put runners on the corners for junior Whitney Ellis who laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Pendley from third and give the Sooners a 2-0 lead.

DePaul tied things up with two runs in the third inning.

Morgan Maize turned on the first pitch of the frame for a solo home run to make it 2-1. Junior pitcher Kelsey Stevens got the next two outs, but the Blue Demons followed with back-to-back doubles to knot the game at 2-2. A single from Staci Bonezek chased Stevens from the game as Pendley came in to pitch.

Ellis got the Sooners out of the inning, though, as she picked off pinch-runner Gena Lenti at third base with runners on the corners to keep the game at 2-2.

Oklahoma answered back by capitalizing on a DePaul error.

With two outs, Ellis battled back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk after an eight-pitch at-bat. Junior Kady Self then hit a chopper to short, but Brittany Boesel’s throw to second base to force out Ellis was errant, enabling Ellis to reach third and prolong the inning. On the very next pitch, junior Erin Miller pulled a single through the right side to put OU back on top, 3-2.

The Sooners batted around and busted the game open with a four-run fourth inning, taking advantage of Connolly’s lack of control and another Blue Demons error.

Senior Callie Parsons led off with a walk and Chamberlain reached safely when Bonezek couldn’t handle the grounder at third base. A walk to Pendley filled the bases for Parker, who roped a single into left-center to drive home two runs and push the lead to 5-2.

Later in the inning, sophomore Macey Hatfield and freshman Kelsey Arnold drew back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to give Oklahoma a 7-2 advantage.

DePaul got a run back in the fifth and threatened to do more damage as it loaded the bases with just one out. Parker stopped the threat though as she came on in relief of Pendley and got a foul out and strikeout.

The Sooners answered DePaul’s run in the fifth with one of their own as Pendley connected on her first home run of the season with a solo shot to right-center. It was her 42nd as a Sooner and the 61st of her career.

Three more runs in the sixth gave Oklahoma its second win via run-rule this season.

After singles from junior Tori Nirschl and Parsons, Chamberlain tripled to right field to clear the bases. Pendley then ended the game with a walk-off single to left field.