AUSTIN, Texas – Three hits from Destinee Martinez, a pair of runs batted in by Brianna Turang and 15 Keilani Ricketts strikeouts carried No. 1/1 Oklahoma past No. 6/7 Texas in the opener of a three-game series Friday evening inside Red & Charline McCombs Field. The Longhorns’ got their run with junior Karina Scott’s fifth home run of the campaign.
Ricketts (21-1) went the distance for the Sooners, scattering six hits and allowing two walks in addition to the 15 whiffs. Senior Blaire Luna (21-2) suffered the setback, throwing four innings and allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits and six walks. She fanned nine. Freshman Holly Kern tossed the remaining three frames, giving up two runs on four hits and a trio of walks. She added a pair of strikeouts.
The Sooners took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Ricketts started the frame with a walk and, during a strikeout, stole second base. After another whiff, Martinez followed with a single just in front of the plate, allowing Ricketts to move to third. A walk to Callie Parsons loaded the bases for Turang, who legged out an infield single, plating Ricketts. Luna struck out Lauren Chamberlain swinging to end the threat and leave the bases loaded.
In the bottom of the second, the Longhorns broke through with one run to tie the game. With one out, Scott provided the first hit of the contest, a home run to left center.
Oklahoma tacked on three more runs in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead. Georgia Casey started the inning with a walk and, after a strikeout, moved to second on a Ricketts free pass. A fielder’s choice forced Ricketts at second and put runners on the corners with two outs. Brittany Williams walked to load the bases for Martinez, who picked up her second infield single and drove in Casey for a 2-1 edge. Parsons drove in Jessica Shults, who had reached on the fielder’s choice, and Williams scored on an error by the right fielder for a three-run edge. A strikeout looking ended the inning.
The Sooners scored two more runs in the top of the fifth for a 6-1 advantage. Shults led off with a home run to right center. Williams walked before Jessica Vest entered as a pinch runner and scored on a single to third base by Turang. Chamberlain flied out to right field to close the frame.
The Longhorns went quietly in the fifth and sixth, but loaded the bases in the seventh before being held off the scoreboard. Scott started the inning with a single and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Rachel Scott. After a strikeout and groundout, a walk to senior Taylor Hoagland and bunt single from junior Brejae Washington loaded the bases for Thom, who struck out swinging to end the contest.
The Longhorns and Sooners continue the three-game series Saturday with a 5 p.m. first pitch. The contest will serve as Alumni Day, and Texas Softball and Baseball will combine forces to hold a free block party from 1-6 p.m.