Oklahoma Hands Cal 11-3 Loss
Feb. 24, 2007
PALM SPRINGS - The No. 9-ranked Oklahoma Sooners snapped No. 16 California's five-game win streak with an 11-3 victory over the Bears in the second day of the Palm Springs Classic on Saturday afternoon.
Cal (9-5) faces Ohio State later today at 3:30.
The Sooners opened the game with the first four batters in the lineup reaching base. Norrelle Dickson led off with a single through the left side of the field, but was thrown out by catcher Julie Meyer trying to steal second during Amber Spaulding's at bat (it was the first time this season Dickson has been caught stealing). OU quickly loaded the bases with an Amber Spaulding walk, an Amber Flores fielder's choice and a Samantha Ricketts walk. Mariee Mena's ground out scored Spaulding and OU took the initial 1-0 lead.
The Bears answered in the bottom of the frame as Cal led off with a walk (Morgan Siegel) followed by Erika Racklin's fielder's choice which replaced Siegel at first. Racklin was moved over to second on Christina Schalling's single to center. After a Bernice Masaniai fly ball to right field that advanced the Racklin advanced to third, Cal had runners at the corners. Alex Sutton delivered the equalizer when her single to left field brought in Racklin and tied the score at 1-1.
The Sooners broke it open in the second with six runs on four hits to take a 7-1 lead. Savannah Long led off with a single to right center field and moved to third on Lindsey Vandever's ground-rule double that hopped over the right field fence. Traci Dickenson's fielder's choice brought Savannah across the plate as the Sooners took the lead back, 3-2. OU got another key hit from Flores when RBI double plated two more helping the Sooners extended their lead.
OU added four more runs over the next three innings, before Cal's Carly Winger pounded a solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth for its second run of the game. Following a Siegel strikeout, pinch hitter Gina Leomiti pounded another home run, a solo shot over the right field fence to close the gap, 11-3. That was all the Bears could muster as the game was called after the fifth inning.
Marissa Drewrey suffered the loss to fall to 3-3 in the circle.