Despite a grand slam by Holly Kern, the Texas Longhorns softball team fell to the Oklahoma Sooners 9-8 in the first game of a doubleheader in Norman, Okla., on Friday.
Texas trailed by four runs twice but rallied to stay in the game. The Longhorns were able to plate two runs in the top of the seventh, but Reagan Hathaway struck out with two runners on base to end the game.
Paige Parker (19-3) picked up the win as Paige von Sprecken (9-2) was hit with the loss. Starter Tiarra Davis was left the game after allowing four runs on three hits through 1 1/3 innings.
Trailing by four runs entering the fifth, Texas tied it up with Kern’s grand slam. Stephanie Ceo got things started in the inning as she drew a walk. A single by Kelli Hanzel was followed by an error that loaded the bases. Hanzel finished the game 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored.
Caleigh Clifton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to put Oklahoma up in the first inning. A sacrifice fly by Fale Aviu scored Shay Knighten to double the lead. Knighten later hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to put the Sooners up for good.
The Sooners added two more runs in the next inning as Erin Miller hit an RBI double and later stole home.
Celina Felix cut the lead in half in the third with a two-run double. She had 3 RBIs in the game.
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