The Norman Transcript


March 10, 2014

Sophomore gets the shutout as Sooners top Golden Hurricane

NORMAN — No. 13 Oklahoma has won plenty of games with its offense this season, but the Sooners got one from its newest pitcher on Sunday.

OU defeated No. 21 Tulsa 1-0 as transfer sophomore Kelsey Stevens earned her first shutout for the Sooners, striking out a season-high 11 batters and giving up two hits to a team that entered the contest batting .336 as a team.

Stevens pitched five hitless innings before allowing one in the sixth, the start of a Tulsa rally that saw the Golden Hurricane load the bases, but Stevens struck out Tulsa’s Jill Rove in a 12-pitch at-bat to end the threat.

While Stevens provided the pitching, Lauren Chamberlain brought the fireworks. She broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run that proved to be the difference.

OU moved to 17-6 with the win, while Tulsa dropped to 18-3. The Sooners are next in action next weekend with a three-game set at Louisiana-Lafayette that begins at 6 p.m. Friday.

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