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Missouri softball evens series at Oklahoma after extra-inning victory

Saturday, April 21, 2012 | 8:10 p.m. CDT; updated 9:28 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Missouri softball team beat No. 5 Oklahoma 4-2 in eight innings Saturday in Norman, Okla., to even their series against the Sooners at a game apiece.

The Tigers' Ashley Fleming collected her 11th home run of the season with a two-run shot in the sixth inning to tie the game at 2.

Fleming, a senior outfielder, also hit a game-tying home run with a solo shot in Missouri's 2-1 extra-inning loss Friday in the series opener.

Saturday's game remained tied until Missouri scored two runs on one hit in the top of the eighth. After a pair of walks and a groundout put runners in scoring position, Kelsea Roth singled through the right side for one RBI, and Nicole Hudson's sacrifice fly sent in the other run.

Missouri put runners on base in the first five innings but couldn’t score any runs.

In the top of the third, Oklahoma freshman Lauren Chamberlain hit her 20th home run of the season off Missouri starting pitcher Chelsea Thomas, and Tigers freshman Baily Erwin came in to pitch in the fourth. Thomas, though, returned to the mound in the bottom of the sixth. She set down the Sooners 1-2-3 in the bottom eighth to pickup her 18th win of the season.

No. 10 Missouri improves to 34-9 overall and 11-6 in the Big 12 Conference, while the No. 5 Sooners fall to 37-7 and 12-4.

The deciding game of the series is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN3.com.


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