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April 11, 2012

Oklahoma hands Cowgirls a Bedlam Bruising

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma established its dominance over Oklahoma State from the opening pitch Wednesday in round two of the Bedlam softball series as the Sooners rolled to an 11-1 run-rule victory — OU’s first win over OSU in Stillwater since 2009.

OSU pitcher Kat Espinosa faced three batters and gave up three runs to start the game. OU’s Jessica Shults hit a three-run home run — her 10th homer of the season — after a walk and a double to the first two batters.

And the rout was on.

“It was brutal. Not a lot went right for us — that’s for sure,” Cowgirl coach Rich Wieligman said. “That’s something you can’t do against OU — give them the momentum of that type (at the beginning of the night) . And that’s what we did.”

Oklahoma State (18-16, 2-6 Big 12) got a run across in the bottom of the frame without even recording a hit. Kelsey Anchors was walked by OU pitcher Keilani Ricketts and eventually scored on a pair of fielding errors by the Sooner infield. Ricketts got out of the inning with a pair of OSU runners stranded on base by striking out the side.

“I thought we did really well trying to come back in that first inning of getting a run and making them play defense,” Wieligman said. “But we just never could get things righted to be able to allow ourselves to get back into the game.”

However, the inability to strike when the iron was hot — following OU’s big blast in the top of the inning — kept the ball rolling in Oklahoma’s favor.

“I was more shocked than anything that they got those three runs right off the bat,” Anchors said. “I think that killed the mojo and kind of brought everyone down. For us to try to get that mojo back, it was kind of struggle because we were fighting uphill.”

The No. 6-ranked Sooners (33-5, 9-2 Big 12) got the run back in the top of the second when Javen Henson connected for her sixth home run of the season.

The Sooners got on the board for the third straight inning with a three-run home run by Brittany Williams that chased Espinosa from the game in the top of the third. Morgan Hawkins replaced the OSU starter, who went just 2.1 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits — three of which were home runs.

Henson, OU’s No. 9 hitter, hit her second home run of the game with a line-drive shot to straight-away center to leadoff the fourth inning to make it four-straight innings with a home run off of the Cowgirls. Henson then gave the Sooners the run-rule advantage with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the fifth to give OU a 10-1 lead.

Henson would come around to make it 11-1 when Lauren Chamberlain hit an infield single deep into the hole at short and OSU’s Chelsea Garcia threw the ball over the head of first baseman Julie Ward.

Ricketts, who gave up just one hit in OU’s 4-0 win over OSU in Oklahoma City, held the Cowgirls to just one hit — from senior first baseman Julie Ward in the bottom of the fourth. The OU pitcher also issued a walk and hit a batter, while striking out eight Cowgirls. The win by Ricketts improved her record to 19-4, while her ERA dipped down to 0.80.

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