Defending national softball champion Oklahoma collected four hits, including three from Destinee Martinez, and held off Illinois State 11-6 Friday at the Littlewood Classic in Phoenix. OU (4-2) played No. 5-ranked Arizona State late Friday night. The final score was not available at press time.
Brittany Williams and Shelby Pendley each contributed two hits and three RBIs to help the Sooners bolt to an 8-0 lead. Illinois State (1-5) mashed OU pitchers Georgia Casey and Leslie Miller for six runs in the bottom of the third. But the Sooners added three more runs in the sixth inning for a little breathing room.
Casey, Miller and Taylor Dewberry combined for just one strikeout and eight walks. Dewberry, who picked up her first win of the season in relief, was the only OU pitcher to hold Illinois State scoreless.
Shelby Davis collected six hits over two games Friday, helping Oklahoma State beat Colorado State 6-3 and Texas-San Antonio 5-3 at the UTSA Classic in San Antonio.
Simone Freeman shined in the pitching circle during the day's opener against Colorado State. She held the Rams to three hits and two walks, while striking out 10. Whitney Whitehorn was the winning pitcher in the second game for the Cowgirls. She surrendered just one earned run on five hits and four strikeouts.
OSU (4-3) will play Wichita State at 9 a.m. Saturday, then Rutgers at 2 p.m.