NORMAN, OK -- Joy Davis was 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and Megan Gibson hit a three-run home run to hand the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners a 9-4 loss on Sunday afternoon at the OU Softball Complex.
With the win the 2nd-ranked Texas A&M softball team improved to 29-5 on the season and 3-2 in Big 12 while Oklahoma dropped to 38-4 overall and 4-2 in league play. The loss also snapped a 25 home-game winning streak for the Sooners.
“I like the way we came back from a loss and really expected to win today,” A&M head coach Jo Evans commented. “Yesterday, we had our chances, jumped out and got an early lead but just couldn’t hang on. Today, we again got runs early and hit throughout our order. It’s just great to see our kids really settle in and feel good about themselves. It was a great team effort.”
The Aggies jumped on the board early with Gibson’s career-record tying home run in the top of the first inning. The three-run shot, Gibson’s 39th, tied her with All-American catcher Selena Collins for the Aggie career lead. Scoring on the long ball were Sharonda McDonald, who reached on a single, marking her 20th consecutive game with a hit and Macie Morrow who drew a walk. Davis would push the A&M lead to 4-0 in the first with a triple that sailed over Sooner right fielder Mariee Mena’s head. Shortstop Savannah Long tried to throw Davis out at third but the ball scooted behind Norrelle Dickson, allowing Davis to come home.
A&M tacked on its fifth run of the game in the fourth, with bases loaded and no outs, designated player Alex Reynolds hit a sharp grounder at Long, scoring Jamie Hinshaw from third. Hinshaw and Davis both reached on back-to-back bunt singles and Jami Lobpries drew a walk to fill the bases.
For the second time in as many days, the Sooners plated four runs in the fifth frame. Traci Dickenson led-off with a solo home run over the right centerfield fence. Dickson then reached on a single and moved up on an error by Davis. A fielder’s choice and two singles later, Oklahoma was within one run of tying the ballgame. After a walk to Lindsey Vandever, Scarborough was lifted for freshman left-hander Emily Shadow who coaxed a ground out to third base to end the inning.
Hinshaw scored in the sixth, reaching on a single and coming home on a Lobpries double to left field.
The Aggies drove in three insurance runs in their last at-bat, moving the lead to 9-4. With two outs, Morrow hit a double into right field and moved to third on a booted ball by Long. Gibson drew her 35th walk of the season before Scarborough lined a triple into the left field corner. Scarborough came home on a dropped pop-up by first baseman Samantha Ricketts.
Scarborough had tossed four and two-thirds innings before Shadow entered in relief. Scarborough then re-entered to closeout the seventh, earning her 14th win of the season. Overall, Scarborough worked five and two-thirds, giving up four runs, just one earned on eight hits. She struck out one and walked one. Shadow worked an inning a third giving up just one hit in five batters faced.
“I especially thought Emily Shadow did a terrific job in relief today,” Evans said. “She gave us two solid innings and really helped us get out of a jam.”
Hinshaw ended the day going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Gibson was 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI.
A&M will return home to host Baylor in a single game on Wednesday at the Aggie Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
Texas A&M........... 400 101 3 - 9 10 2
Oklahoma............ 000 040 0 - 4 9 3
E - Davis 2; Ricketts; Long 2. LOB - A&M 4; OU 8. 2B - Morrow; Davis; Lobpries. 3B - Scarborough; Davis. HR - Gibson;
Dickenson. HBP - Ricketts. SB - Flores; McDonald. CS - Spaulding.
Win - Scarborough (14-3). Loss - Mathis (10-3).
WP - Mathis. HBP - by Scarborough (Ricketts).