Oklahoma scene: Defending champion Sooners lose softball opener

Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley and Georgia Casey homer, but Kentucky manages 10-inning win.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: February 7, 2014
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Freeman was the starting pitcher against Central Arkansas, blanking the Bears on three hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts. She added five strikeouts in three innings of relief against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Davis had three singles and a stolen base during the day. She added a game-winning double in the bottom of the eighth inning against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

OSU will continue play at 3 p.m. Saturday against Murray State and at 5 against No. 17-ranked LSU.

DEFENDING CHAMPS LOSE

Central Oklahoma started defense of its NCAA Division II championship with a pair of losses Friday at the Desert Stinger Tournament in Las Vegas. The No. 1-ranked Bronchos committed four errors and stranded 12 runners in a 7-6 setback to No. 22 Augustana (S.D.). In the second game, a 7-2 loss to St. Mary's (Texas), UCO pitchers surrendered three home runs.

Kaylee Brunson had four hits on the day for the Bronchos, who face No. 8 West Texas A&M at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and then Mary (N.D.) at 4.

“We knew we had a target on our backs coming out here and that we would be playing a lot of good teams,” said interim UCO coach Cody White. “We didn't play well enough to win today and made too many mistakes, both mental and physical.”