April 18, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. --- The No. 7 Baylor softball team dropped a pair of heartbreaking decisions as the No. 4 Oklahoma softball team swept a pair of games from the Lady Bears in action at Marita Hynes Field on Wednesday. Baylor dropped game one, 3-2 in eight innings, before Oklahoma rallied for a 7-4 victory in game two of the doubleheader. With the losses, Baylor falls to 39-11, 9-2 in conference play as Oklahoma improved to 45-5, 10-3 in Big 12 play with the victories.
Baylor jumped out to the early lead in game one as Ashley Monceaux led off the second inning with a solo shot over the left field wall, her team-leading 14th home run of the season, to give the Lady Bears an early 1-0 lead.
Oklahoma managed to answer right back; however, with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning as Susan Ogden and Traci Dickenson delivered RBI singles to give the Sooners a 2-1 lead.
Both pitchers were in control until the sixth when the Lady Bears finally broke through for the tying run. With two outs, Miriam Romero delivered a triple to left-center field and eventually scored on a passed ball to tie the game.
Oklahoma; however, would respond as the Sooners plated a run in the bottom of the eighth to win the contest and snap the Lady Bears 13-game winning streak. With two outs, Samantha Ricketts delivered a single to right to score Dickenson from third to end the game.
Baylor starter Lisa Ferguson pitched well in the loss but saw her eight-game winning streak snapped after allowing three runs on six hits in 7.2 innings of work as she fell to 18-5 on the season.
Lauren Eckermann picked up the victory to improve to 28-2 on the season after allowing two runs on four hits in eight innings of work.
In game two, Baylor jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Courtney Oberg's three-run blast in the second inning, her sixth home run of the season.
But, it would be all Oklahoma from there as the Sooners scored three in the fourth and four more in the sixth to pick up the win.
After scoring a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth to make the score 3-1, Savannah Long tied the game with a two-run shot over the left-center field wall.
With the game tied heading into the bottom of the sixth, Oklahoma took the lead for good as Traci Dickerson lifted a two-run home run just over the out-stretched arms of Romero in center to give the Sooners a 5-3 lead.
With two outs, Amber Flores extended the lead with a two-run home run of her own to give Oklahoma a 7-3 lead heading into the final inning.
The lead would be enough for D.J. Mathis who allowed one run in the seventh; but, got out of a bases loaded jam to pick up the victory after allowing one run over the final five innings of work to improve to 11-3 on the year.
Ferguson took the loss for Baylor and fell to 18-6 on the season after allowing three runs on four hits in two innings of relief work.
Baylor, currently in a three-way tie for first-place in the Big 12 Conference standings with Missouri and Oklahoma, will return to action on Saturday, April 21, for the start of a two-game series against Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, at 2:00 p.m.