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Oklahoma scene: Sooners overwhelm opponents again

OU (22-1) outscore Northern Colorado, Drake by 47-2 margin over two days.
From Staff Reports Published: March 9, 2013

Oklahoma completed a weekend of dominating softball Saturday with a doubleheader sweep at Martia Hynes Field in Norman.

Lauren Chamberlain, Keilani Ricketts and Shelby Pendley hit two home runs each and accounted for 14 RBIs as the Sooners hammered Northern Colorado 10-0 and Drake 13-0. Both games lasted just five innings due to run-rule. OU (22-1) finished the weekend 4-0, outscoring the Bears and Bulldogs a cumulative 47-2 over 21 innings. No game lasted the regulation seven innings.

The Sooners also hit 13 homers, including four each for Chamberlain and Pendley.

OU pitchers Ricketts and Michelle Gascoigne were as overwhelming as ever Saturday. They surrendered a combined three hits and no walks. They struck out 16. For the weekend, OU pitchers, which included Georgia Casey and Leslie Miller, struck out 34.

The top-ranked Sooners next play noon Friday against Pacific at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.


Oklahoma State scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings Saturday and beat Cleveland State 4-2 in the Mizuno Classic in Stillwater. Cleveland State (4-8) nursed a 2-0 lead for four innings before OSU (10-12) tied the score in the fifth inning.

Tamara Brown and Tiffany Mikkelson had two hits each in the game for the Cowgirls; Brown and Stephanie Brewer had to RBIs apiece.

Simone Freeman pitched a solid game for OSU. She allowed both runs on four hits and a walk. She struck out nine in five innings, before Kat Espinosa took over and notched her second save of the season.

The Cowgirls played Santa Clara (Calif.) late Saturday night.


Jonathan Gray threw five-hit baseball for seven innings Saturday, leading Oklahoma to a 4-0 baseball win over UCLA in Los Angeles. Gray walked just one and struck out eight in one of the Sooners' finest pitching performances of the season. Jacob Evans and Billy Waltrip each threw an inning in relief and blanked the Bruins (10-3) on no hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

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