Defending national champion Oklahoma continued to rebound from a slow start to the softball season Sunday, beating Pittsburgh 2-1 at the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, Calif. OU, which started the tournament with back-to-back losses, finished with three consecutive wins.
The Sooners managed just one hit against the Panthers (3-2), but it was a two-run homer from sophomore Leslie Miller in the fourth inning. OU had seven homers in five tournament games.
Starting pitcher Kesley Stevens improved to 2-0. She struck out a season-high 10 and allowed just four hits.
The No. 2-ranked Sooners play next weekend at the Littlewood Classic in Phoenix. OU will face Michigan State, No. 7 Arizona State, Delaware State, No. 3 Washington and Illinois State.
Minnesota remained unbeaten, defeating Oklahoma State 1-0 on Sunday at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La.
The Gophers (5-0) scored the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning; Kayla Wenner scored from third on a throwing error by freshman catcher Miranda Cavin.
OSU (2-3) managed just two hits against pitcher Sara Moulton, who struck out 12 with no walks.
The Cowgirls next play Friday at the UTSA Classic in San Antonio. OSU will face Colorado State, Texas-San Antonio, Wichita State and Rutgers over the three-day gathering.
LEEP SERVICES SET
Funeral services for legendary Oklahoma race car driver Harold Leep Sr. have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Southeast Baptist Church in Muskogee. Leep, 81, died Thursday from injuries suffered after falling on the ice at home. Leep was a five-time points champion at State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, while also enjoying unprecedented success at other tracks throughout the country. He was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2004.