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.
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.
Pike’s gem came in the first game as he struck out 18 and walked none. The Southhampton, N.Y., native struck out 14 consecutive batters at one point. He struck out the side five times. Pike became the first OCU hurler to throw a perfect game since Mike Mlotkowski in 2005 against Hastings (Kan.).
STARS SUFFER UPSET LOSS
•Former Mannford High standout Lauren Rogers had seven points and a rebound in the final 1:56, helping John Brown (Ark.) upset top-seeded Oklahoma City 66-62 on Friday in the Sooner Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals.
Rogers finished with 21 points for the Eagles (25-6), who will play Oklahoma Baptist (27-5) at 4 p.m. Saturday in the championship game at the Noble Complex in Shawnee. The winner earns an automatic bid to the NAIA Championships.
OCU, ranked fifth in the nation, fell to 22-4. The Stars, who had 29 points from Yvonte Neal, will wait and see if they receive an at-large bid to the national tournament.
•Sixth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist advanced to the SAC finals with an 84-69 rout of Wayland Baptist (Texas). Charity Fowler, a junior guard from Asher, collected a career-high 32 points to go along with 13 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
•The Oklahoma Baptist men’s team moved a win closer to advancing to its 14th consecutive NAIA Championships. The Bison received a triple-double from Kendall Parks during a 92-88 SAC semifinal victory Friday over Mid-America Christian.
Parks had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as OBU (17-15) clinched as spot in Saturday’s 7 p.m. title game against Wayland Baptist (Texas). The Pioneers beat the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma 83-77 in the other semifinal.
Central Oklahoma never trailed in its 83-68 victory over Fort Hays State (Kan.) on Friday in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinals in Kansas City, Mo.
UCO (19-9) will play Northeastern State at 6 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals. Northeastern State (16-12) advanced by defeating top-seeded Central Missouri 84-82.
Josh Gibbs led UCO with 34 points. Jarred Bairstow added 11 rebounds for the Bronchos, who were 0-2 vs. Fort Hays State during the regular season.
OU SINKS NO. 1 BUCKEYES
Oklahoma coach John Roddick said his men’s tennis team is capable of beating anyone in the country — and that proved true Friday when the Sooners stunned top-ranked Ohio State 4-1 at the Headington Family Center in Norman.
OU (13-1) picked up singles wins from Axel Alvarez, Guillermo Alcorta, Andrew Harris and Austin Siegel. The doubles teams of Alcorta and Alvarez and Peerakit Siributwong and Nick Papac added victories to send the Buckeyes to their first dual loss of the season.
From Staff Reports