Gascoigne Strikes Out 16 in Shutout Win

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 15, 2013

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
 UC Riverside 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
 Oklahoma 1 0 2 1 2 1 0 7 10 1
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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W- Gascoigne 7.0 2 0 0 2 16
 L - Razo 2.1 5 3 3 2 1
 S - None - - - - - -
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - Ricketts 2 1 2 3 1 1
 UCR - Anderson 3 0 1 0 0 0
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Who: San Diego State
When: Today at 8 p.m.
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Where: San Diego, Calif.
What's at Stake: The Sooners look to open play at the Campbell/Cartier Classic with a 2-0 mark against the host school.

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Michelle Gascoigne struck out a career-high 16 batters and threw the ninth shutout of her career as Oklahoma opened play at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif., with a 7-0 win over UC Riverside.

A senior from Benicia, Calif., Gascoigne was in a groove from the start.

She retired 10 of the first 11 batters she faced and carried a no-hitter through 3.2 innings. The first eight outs of the game all came via strikeout, with five of them swinging and three looking.

Gascoigne improves to 3-0 on the season and 35-4 in her career. That extends her school record for career winning percentage to .897.

The lefthander also dropped her earned run average to 0.72 and set her season strikeout total at 39 in 19.1 innings pitched.

Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Lauren Chamberlain laced a leadoff double to right center field. Following a walk to Georgia Casey, Jessica Shults sent a single back up the middle to plate the game's first run.

For Shults, it was career RBI No. 191, moving her past Texas' Megan Gibson and in to second place all-time in Big 12 history. She trails former Sooner Amber Flores, who had 239 RBI, for the conference and school lead.

The top of the order came through again in the third inning to add to the OU lead.

With one out, Shults ripped a double to right center. After Erin Miller came on to run for Shults, Keilani Ricketts sent a 1-0 pitch to the opposite field for her second home run of the season.

It was the 37th home run of Ricketts' career, tying her with Lisa Carey and Kelli Braitsch for sixth all-time in Oklahoma history.

Ricketts drove in her third run of the contest in the fourth inning with a hard single to shortstop. That brought home Casey, who walked and advanced to second on a Shults walk. A passed ball moved up both runners before Ricketts' single.

Chamberlain then hit her fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning.

With two outs, Erica Sampson drew a walk and stole second base. Chamberlain battled to a full count before crushing a home run to left field. It was the 35th of her career, and it meant that Oklahoma has now homered at least twice in all six contests this season.

The Sooners added their seventh and final run in the sixth inning when Shelby Pendley hit a one-out single and came around to score on Brittany Williams' double to left center.

Oklahoma was back in action again Friday night against host San Diego State. First pitch occurred at 9:07 CT.



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