OU Softball pops ‘Pokes in Bedlam bash.

NORMAN, Okla. In one of the most exciting games ever, and in front of a record crowd, No. 4 Oklahoma rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning for a dramatic 2-1 Bedlam win over No. 16 Oklahoma State Wednesday night.

Before 1,365 fans -- the largest crowd ever to witness a regular season game at the OU Softball Complex -- sophomore catcher Heather Scaglione belted a two-run double with two on in the bottom of the seventh to propel Oklahoma past the Cowgirls.

Going into the last inning, and down 1-0, senior third baseman Leah Gulla (1-for-3) hit a single that bounced off the rightfield wall for OU's first hit of the evening. Jessica Leslie replaced Gulla at first and Christina Enea pushed Leslie to second with a base on balls, setting up the Scaglione smash.

With OSU ace Lauren Bay looking for her 14th strikeout of the game, Heather Scaglione stepped up to the plate. On a 2-0 count, Scaglione (1-for-2) nailed a double to left center that streaked by Leslie as she ran to third. As the OSU outfield scrambled for the ball, Leslie crossed the plate with Enea close behind to give Oklahoma the 2-1 victory.

The bedlam rivals had traded six scoreless innings before OSU finally broke the game open in the top of the seventh. On a 2-2 count, Oklahoma State catcher Ryan Realmuto put the first hit up on the scoreboard with a double. Erika Ennis, offering perhaps the best Cowgirl speed, replaced Realmuto on first and pitcher Lauren Bay stepped up to the plate.

Bay promptly hit another double off OU pitcher Kami Keiter and Ennis dashed home to put OSU up, 1-0. But Keiter then bore down and fanned two batters to snuff out the Cowgirls' opportunity at the plate.  Then it was the Sooners' turn to answer the Cowgirl seventh inning score.

Kami Keiter improved to 21-2 from the mound. Keiter fanned six batters while walking two and allowing two hits and the one earned run. OSU's Lauren Bay dropped to 16-4 while striking out 13 Sooners, walking four and giving up two hits and two runs.

OSU stranded five runners while Oklahoma left four on base. The win was OU's 14th straight over Oklahoma State and the 21st of the last 26 in the series.

The Sooners improved to 31-5 and 7-2 in the Big 12 while handing OSU its first conference loss and snapping the Cowgirls' 15-game winning streak. Oklahoma State fell to 27-7 and 6-1 in conference play.

The Sooners and Cowgirls finish the 2003 series in Stillwater on April 24. OU next hosts Iowa State on Saturday in Norman at 1 p.m.


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