Sooners Snap Softball Team's Winning Streak
May 11, 2004
Norman, Okla. - The University of Tulsa scored three runs in the final three innings of the game, however it was not enough as Oklahoma scored in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 4-3 victory over the Golden Hurricane at the OU Softball Complex before a crowd of 738.
OU scored first with two runs in the bottom of the third, after the Hurricane stranded four runners in the first two innings of the game. April Valdez led off the third with a single, followed by a bunt single by Norrelle Dickson. Following a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Jessica Leslie hit a two-run double that scored Valdez and Dickson.
Tulsa was able cut the lead in half with a single run in the top of the fifth inning. Freshman Angela Osbon led off the inning with a single. Following a pair of strikeouts, TU was able to load the bases with a walk to sophomore Katie Torres and a hit by a pitch for Kelly Miller. Osbon scored on a walk from junior Stephanie Sliepen.
The Sooners quickly went up by two again, with a run in the bottom of the stanza as Heather Scalione led off the inning with a home run.
TU scored another run in the top of the sixth thanks to a double by junior Ami Day. She would then score on a single by Osbon. The Hurricane tied the game in the seventh when Torres led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Julie Shafer.
Dickson led off the Sooner half of the final inning by getting hit by a pitch. Kristin Vesely followed with a bunt single. Tulsa intentionally walked Leslie to load the bases with one out. Christina Enea hit into a fielder's choice, however Dickson ran into TU's catcher before the force out could be made, scoring the winning run for the Sooners.
Fennell is saddled with the loss, falling to 8-4 on the season. Torres and Osbon provided the offensive spark for the Hurricane by posting two hits apiece. Sliepen, Shafer and Day also recorded hits for TU.
Oklahoma improves to 38-17-1, avenging an earlier loss to Tulsa this season. Now 43-18 on the year, Tulsa returns to the friendly confines of the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex for a pair of WAC doubleheaders to conclude the regular season. Tulsa will host San Jose State on Thursday, May 13, beginning at 5 p.m. UTEP travels to TU on Saturday for a 2 p.m., twin bill.
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