NORMAN, Okla. — Laura Chamberlain homered twice and drove in all four runs, leading No. 5 Oklahoma to a 4-1 victory over Texas Tech to take the Big 12 Conference series, 2-1.
Michelle Gascoigne pitched seven strong inning for the Sooners (32-5, 8-2 in Big 12), scattering a run on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts.
Chamberlain gave Gascoigne all the runs she would need with a two-run blast to right in the bottom of the first, then added another shot in the third, a two-run blast to left.
Tech scored its only run in the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Logan Hall an Sandy James.
Cara Custer (18-6) took the loss for the Red Raiders (31-9, 4-4), allowing four runs on four hits in 31/3 innings with a strikeout. Brittany Talley tossed 22/3 innings of scoreless relief, scattering five hits and a walk while striking out three.
Tech will be back in action on Wednesday at Rocky Johnson Field when it will host No. 3 Texas at 6 p.m.
OKLAHOMA 4, TEXAS TECH 1
Texas Tech 000 001 0 — 1 6 1
Oklahoma 202 000 x — 4 9 0
Custer, Talley (4) and Gentsch; Gascoigne and Shults. W — Gascoigne (13-1). L — Custer (18-6). 2B — Tech, Hall 2, James, Allen. HR — Oklahoma, Chamberlain 2. Records: Texas Tech 31-9, 4-4 in Big 12; Oklahoma 32-5, 8-2.
■ LCU softball
OKLAHOMA CITY — Sarah Mendez and Amanda Longorio each pitched effective complete games, and the Lubbock Christian softball team swept a doubleheader from Oklahoma Christian by scores of 8-2, and 8-3 in Sooner Athletic Conference action on Saturday.
Mendez opened the day by scattering a pair of runs and seven walks over seven innings while striking out eight. But she got plenty of offensive help as the Lady Chaps (35-4, 10-2) scored at least one run in five of seven innings, holding an 8-0 lead before OC (26-14, 7-11) scored two in the bottom of the seventh.
Andrea Argee and Latainna Eltsosie led the way for the LCU offense. Argee was 4 for 4 with a home run and a pair of RBIs, while Eltsosie drove in three as part of her 3-for-4 day.
In game two, Longorio scattered three unearned runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Like Mendez, she got some early offensive help as LCU scored three in the first and two more in the third. OC pulled to within 5-3 in the bottom of the third thanks to a couple of Longorio errors, but LCU quickly got the runs back in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Kim Frazier and a two-run home run from Eltsosie, who went 2 for 3 with five RBIs.
LCU will be back in action on Tuesday for a doubleheader at UT-Permian Basin in Odessa beginning at 2 p.m.
LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN 8, OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 2
Lubbock Chr. 011 220 2 — 8 12 1
Okla. Christian 000 000 2 — 2 6 0
Mendez and Coats; Paxton and Jennings. W — Mendez (12-1). L — Paxton (9-8). 2B — LCU, Mendez (9), Argee 2(21), Rendon (15), Johnson (7); OC, Jennings, Pierce, Starr. HR — Argee (11).
LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN 8, OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 3
Lubbock Chr. 302 300 0 — 8 12 0
Okla. Christian 003 000 0 — 3 7 0
Longorio and Coats; Moore, Mosher (4) and Jennings. W — Longorio (10-2). L — Moore (10-2). 2B — LCU, Mendez (10), Frazier (18), Kent (9). HR — Eltsosie 2(6). Records: LCU 35-4, 10-2; OC 26-14, 7-11
■ Tech track and field
BATON ROUGE, La. — Texas Tech won four events, and the women’s sprint relay team ran the second-fastest time in school history Saturday in the LSU Invitational Battle on the Bayou.
In a meet that featured six nationally ranked teams, the 10th-ranked Tech women finished second with 102 points. The No. 7 Tech men finished eighth with 62 points.
“We ran with some really good top-10 teams today,” Tech coach Wes Kittley said. “It continues to put us back in that war every week, and we are going to get used to it. I think when it gets to that important time of year, it’s going to make a difference.”
The Tech women’s 400-meter relay team ran a time of 44.01 seconds, finishing second to LSU and just missing the school record of 43.97 set in 2005. The time, run by Candace Jackson, Terra Evans, Cierra White and Erica Alexander, ranks ninth in the country.
Shade Weygandt tied a Bernie Moore Stadium record in winning the women’s pole vault, clearing 14 feet, 21/2 inches. Tech’s other first-place finishes came from sophomore Kyal Meyers in the men’s pole vault (17-41/4), freshman Michaela Palu in the women’s high jump (5-71/4) and senior Jamele Mason in the men’s 400-meter hurdles (49.85).
Mason also took third in the 110 hurdles — trailing only NCAA champions Barrett Nugent from LSU and Andrew Riley from Illinois — in 13.76.
The Tech women got 2-3 finishes in two events. In the 100 meters, Terra Evans and Alexander ran times of 11.60 into a negative wind of 1.5 meters per second. Evans edged her teammate by six one-thousandths of a second for second. The other 2-3 finish came in the 200 meters from Jackson (23.69) and Taylor Evans (23.91).
Ifeatu Okafor got second in the women’s shot put (54-01/2) and fourth in the discus (165-1), and the 1,600-meter relay team of Precious Nwokey, Taylor Evans, Alexander and White took second in 3:36.07.
Three other Tech women had third-place finishes: Caroline Jepleting in the 800 (2:05.37), Katie Grimes in the 100 hurdles (13.33) and Rachel Folan in the 1,500 (4:38.50).
Tech’s Ezekial Kissorio ran third in the men’s 1,500 (3:47.25) while Kole Weldon got third in the discus (175-5) and fifth in the shot put (56-91/4). Freshman Jacorian Duffield cleared 6-111/2 for fourth in the high jump.