No. 9 Oklahoma falls to Notre Dame
Sooners leave nine runners on base in 2-1 loss
FULLERTON, Calif. – Ninth-ranked University of Oklahoma opened play at the Judi Garman Classic on Wednesday afternoon with a 2-1 loss to Notre Dame. OU (22-6) jumped out to an early lead behind Keilani Ricketts’ fifth home run of the year, but the Fighting Irish (15-2) rallied to score single runs in the third and fourth to secure the win.
Ricketts got OU on the board in the second with a full-count solo home run to left center. Singles from Chana’e Jones and Dani Dobbs put two runners aboard for the Sooners, but Oklahoma was unable to extend the lead.
That would turn out to be costly.
The Fighting Irish tied the game in the top of the third when Brianna Jorgensborg scored on an OU miscue. The run broke Ricketts’ scoreless inning streak at 45.1 innings. Notre Dame would take the lead for good in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Jorgensborg to score Amy Buntin.
OU threatened in the fifth and seventh but stranded runners on base in the final three innings. The Sooners left nine runners on during the game.
Brianna Turang ended the afternoon 2-for-4, while Jones and Dobbs each went 2-for-3. Ricketts (12-3) threw a seventh consecutive complete game, allowing two runs (one earned), on six hits and one walk. She struck out nine.
Notre Dame's Laura Winter remained perfect on the season, improving her record to 7-0. Winter allowed the one run on nine hits and one walk. She struck out seven.