OU softball team suffers first loss
Nebraska handed the Oklahoma softball team its first loss of the season, beating the top-ranked Sooners 1-0 in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday in Norman.
Nebraska starter Emily Lockman (5-1) tossed a seven-hit shutout. OU starter Michelle Gascoigne (7-1) allowed only two hits, but one was a solo home run by the Cornhuskers' Tatum Edwards that provided the winning margin.
OU (17-1) won Game 1 of the doubleheader 10-3. Jessica Shults drove in three runs for the Sooners.
OU plays host to Houston at noon Sunday.
COWGIRLS DROP DOUBLEHEADER
Oklahoma State's softball team fell to Houston in both games of a doubleheader in Stillwater. The Cougars beat the Cowgirls 4-1 and 4-.
OSU starter Kat Espinosa (2-4) went seven innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out four in Game 1. Samantha Chrisman hit a three-run home run for the Cowgirls in Game 2.
OSU (7-9) plays host to Nebraska in a doubleheader starting at noon Sunday.
COWBOYS WIN SEVENTH STRAIGHT
The middle of the Oklahoma State lineup carried the Oklahoma State baseball team to its seventh straight win OSU topped UC Davis 10-4 at Allie P. Reynolds The Cowboys' 4-5-6 hitters — Tanner Krietemeier, Zach Fish and Victor Romero — combined to drive in all 10 of OSU's runs and collect eight its 16 hits. Fish tied a career high with four RBIs.
The Cowboys (9-1) will look to sweep the series in Sunday's 1 p.m. finale.
PEPPERDINE HANDS OU FIRST LOSS OF SEASON
The Oklahoma baseball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to Pepperdine 7-2 at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
OU's Matt Oberste was 3-for-4 with a triple and his team-leading fourth home run of the year.
The series concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday in Norman.
OCU MEN WIN SAC TOURNEY
Charlton Jones scored 21 points, and Terry Johnson added 17 as Oklahoma City University beat John Brown (Ark.) 77-72 to win the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament men's basketball tournament on Saturday in Shawnee.
Troynell Adams added 15 points for the Stars.
*Kelsey Hoppel scored 30 points to lead Lubbock Christian to a 77-64 win over OCU in the women's finals.
Desiree Jeffries had 22 points to lead OCU
DALTON WINS AMERICAN CUP
Former Oklahoma gymnast and 2012 Olympian Jake Dalton won the 2013 AT&T American Cup in Worcester, Mass., with an all-around score of 89.398.
Competing against eight of the best international gymnasts, Dalton won the floor, rings, vault and high-bar titles in addition to the all-around crown.
Dalton's all-around score was more than two points better than Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev, who finished second. Dannell Leyva, the only other U.S. gymnast selected to compete, finished sixth with an 85.265.
FORMER OU LINEMAN MELENDEZ DIES
Jaime Melendez, who played offensive line on OU's national championship teams of 1974 and 1975, died of cancer last Sunday. He was 57.
Melendez, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone, graduated from Lawton High School in 1973 while his father was stationed at Fort Sill.
Melendez spent 28 years teaching middle school in the Broken Arrow and Tulsa school systems. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Darcy; daughters Natalie and Dominique; son-in-law Trevor Jones; and grandchildren Darian and Leah.