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Oklahoma scene: OU softball team to visit president on Monday

The Sooners and 18 other national championship teams will be in Washington, D.C., for a photo with Barack Obama.
From Staff Reports Published: March 7, 2014
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OU softball team to visit White House

The Oklahoma softball team will visit with President Barack Obama to celebrate winning the Women’s College World Series last spring. The Sooners and 18 other national championship college teams will be in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

The 1 p.m. event will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live.

SOONERS SWEEP

The No. 13-ranked Sooners notched their eighth and ninth run-rule wins of the season Friday, beating Liberty (Va.) 18-3 in five innings and Western Illinois 9-1 in six innings at the Courtyard Marriott Tournament in Norman.

Lauren Chamberlain hit three home runs on the day, and Shelby Pendley added two for OU. The Sooners (16-6) tied a school record with six home runs against Liberty (2-17). Against Western Illinois (10-5), OU pitcher Kelsey Stevens tied a season-high with eight strikeouts.

OU will play Tulsa (18-2) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Golden Hurricane won twice Friday, whipping Liberty 23-1 and Western Illinois 7-3. Jill Barrett had six hits on the day for Tulsa.

COWGIRLS UPSET GOPHERS

Oklahoma State scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Simone Freeman threw a complete game as the Cowgirls upended No. 17-ranked Minnesota 5-4 on Friday at the Mizuno Softball Classic in Stillwater.

OSU (14-7) beat Drake 2-0 in an afternoon matchup, getting a complete-game, two-hitter from pitcher Whitney Whitehorn.

OSU SPLITS WITH SAN DIEGO

San Diego scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning Friday to help salvage a baseball doubleheader split on Friday against Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

The Toreros had four hits from Joe Connor and three from Louie Lechich to win the nightcap 10-6. In the first game at Reynolds Stadium, OSU scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Cowboys won 6-5. San Diego (9-4) and OSU (11-3) used a combined 17 pitchers. Brendan McCurry and Alex Hackerott pitched in both games for the Cowboys.

OU TAKES TWO FROM RUTGERS

Oklahoma scored six times in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night and beat Rutgers 7-5 to compete a baseball doubleheader sweep at Mitchell Park in Norman. The Sooners (11-4) outlasted the Scarlet Knights in the first game 16-11.

Mac James had five hits, and Craig Aikin added four and over two games for the Sooners.

The pitching and defense suffered for both teams. OU and Rutgers combined for 52 hits and 16 errors.

PIKE IS PERFECT

Senior pitcher Chris Pike threw a seven-inning perfect game Friday, helping No. 5-ranked Oklahoma City sweep St. Gregory’s 5-0 and 5-3 in a Sooner Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader at Jim Wade Stadium.

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