Christian Stokes' run-scoring double in the bottom of the 10th inning gave No. 12-ranked Kentucky a 5-4 season-opening softball victory over defending national champion Oklahoma on Friday at the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, Calif. OU, which finished 57-4 and won its second NCAA title last spring, led 4-2 Friday before the Wildcats forced extra innings with two home runs.
Stanford transfer Kelsey Stevens was the Sooners' starting pitcher; she threw six innings and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk. Stevens struck out five before Georgia Casey took over for the final 31/3 innings.
Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley and Casey homered. Chamberlain's first of the season gave her 61 career homers, tying former teammate Jessica Shults for most in OU and Big 12 history.
No. 2-ranked Oklahoma played host Cal State-Fullerton late Friday night. The Sooners are scheduled to play twice Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. against Santa Clara and at 5 against Loyola-Marymount.
COWGIRLS WIN TWICE
Simone Freeman struck out 15, and Shelby Davis collected four hits to help Oklahoma State win two games to start the softball season Friday at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La.
Oklahoma State opened with a 3-0 victory over Central Arkansas, and then it trimmed Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 2-1 in eight innings.