Mean Green softball held scoreless in loss to Oklahoma

Mean Green softball held scoreless in loss to Oklahoma

Mean Green softball held scoreless in loss to Oklahoma
April 23
22:39 2014

Akshay Mirchandani // Staff Writer

The Mean Green softball team’s offense failed to establish momentum Wednesday night and fell on the road to the No. 17 University of Oklahoma Sooners 3-0. The loss snapped a four-game win streak.

“I’m not real big on moral victories and I tell the kids it’s all about winning and losing,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “But I felt we as a group could walk away from this game, though. We competed and we competed hard. To me, I saw way more positives than negatives.”

The game went scoreless until the fifth inning, when the Sooners (36-10, 11-2) hit a two-run homerun off of junior pitcher Madison Thompson that put the team up 2-0. The Sooners scored another run in the sixth and the Mean Green (28-16, 12-5) faced a 3-0 deficit with no hits going into the seventh inning.

“They saved one of their best pitchers for our game and I think that says a lot about our offense,” said junior outfielder Kat Strunk. “That pitcher, she didn’t have a lot of speed but it was really good spin, a lot of movement.”

The game turned into a pitching duel between Thompson and Sooners junior Kelsey Stevens. Thompson allowed seven hits and three runs through five innings, but Stevens pitched seven shutout innings and only allowed one hit.

The Mean Green finally got its first hit in the top of the seventh inning by sophomore utility Spencer Ferrell, but it failed to start a comeback.

“My whole thing after they hit that homerun was ‘Hey, I got to bounce back. I got to get this next girl out and get out of this inning,’ and that’s what I did,” Thompson said. “We got to two quick outs and we were out of the inning.”

This marks the first time this season that the Mean Green offense was shut out. However, others on the team aside from Kee liked how they played against a nationally ranked opponent as well.

“I was really proud of myself and my team,” Thompson said. “We had great energy. We were out there with nothing to lose, and I was really proud of my defense because they kept us in that ballgame.”

Next up, the Mean Green will travel to Miami, Fla., for a three-game weekend series against Florida International University, starting with a doubleheader at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. April 26.

Feature photo: Junior outfielder Kat Strunk is tagged out while sliding into third base. Strunk was 2-for-2 with a walk against University of Alabama Birmingham on Feb. 30 at Lovelace Stadium. Photo by Edward Balusek / Staff Photographer 

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