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Oklahoma softball: Lady Vols shut out Sooners to force Game 3

Kelsey Stevens still only allowed three hits, but walked in a pair of runs as Tennessee evened its best-of-three NCAA Super Regional series at one game apiece with a 4-0 win Saturday night at Marita Hynes Field.
by Scott Wright Published: May 24, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma's Kelsey Stevens pitches as the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) softball team plays Tennessee in game two of the NCAA super regional at Marita Hynes Field on May 24, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Kelsey Stevens pitches as the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) softball team plays Tennessee in game two of the NCAA super regional at Marita Hynes Field on May 24, 2014 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

The Volunteers loaded the bases in the fifth inning before Stevens issued back-to-back walks to push two runs in. A fielding error by Georgia Casey brought in a third run to make it 4-0.

Renfroe scattered five hits to improve to 30-7 on the season. The top three hitters in OU’s lineup combined for four hits, with Shelby Pendley accounting for two.

Lightning moved into the area during the top of the second inning. Officials stopped the game at 4:36 p.m., and it didn’t restart until 8:31.

One bit of good news for the Sooners on Saturday was the presence of cleanup hitter Brittany Williams in the lineup.

Williams injured her right arm diving for a fly ball in the seventh inning of OU’s 8-1 win Friday night. She was able to return to the lineup Saturday as the designated player, with Erin Miller taking over in right field.

Miller came up with two big defensive plays in the outfield. She made a sliding catch on a foul ball near the fence early in the game, then threw out a Tennessee runner trying to score after tagging up on a fly ball in the fifth inning.

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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