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Oklahoma Softball Defeats Texas 5-3 To Sweep The Series

Rich DeCray SBN

Oklahoma starter Kelsey Stevens worked her way around two baserunners, in the top of the first, produce a scoreless inning for the Longhorns. Texas was able to reciprocate thanks to a double-play and the stage was set for another epic battle between OU and their rivals from the south.

The pitcher's duel lasted until the third inning, despite a close call in the second. Kandy Self led off the bottom of the second with a single to right and then two batters later Fake Aviu singled up the middle. Nicole Pendley added the third single of the inning to load the bases but the Sooners would leave them loaded and head quietly back into the dugout.

Erin Miller led off the third inning with a walk and then Sydney Romero was able to run out a bunt to put runners on first and second. It was the third consecutive inning Oklahoma's leadoff batter reached safely and Shay Knighten drew a walk the Sooners had the bases loaded for the second consecutive inning. After a line drive double play from Kady Self took away the runner at first base Caleigh Clifton scored two with a single to right field.

With the Longhorns having a runner on first and no outs in the top of the third the Sooners turned to Paige Parker to limit the Longhorns. Two strikeouts and a fly ball later Texas was still scoreless and Oklahoma was back at the plate looking to extend their lead.

After Kelsey Arnold drew a two-out walk she was brought home by Erin Miler who doubled off the center field wall. Miller then slid under a tag at the plate, off a single from Sydney Romero, extending Oklahoma's lead to 4-0. A blooper single to shallow center brought in Ramero and the rout was on for Oklahoma who was sitting on a 5-0 lead after four innings.

Texas made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth off the bat of Kelli Hanzel. Her three-run shot over the left-center field fence pulled the Longhorns to within 5-3 but that's as close as they would come.

Oklahoma's sweep of Texas improved their conference record to 10-1 and their overall record to 34-7.