Ricketts Twirls One-Hit Shutout

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
 Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
 Oklahoma 1 3 0 0 1 0 X 5 8 0
Box Score


 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W - Ricketts 7.0 1 0 0 1 10
 L - Montemayor 3.0 5 4 4 4 1
 S - None - - - - - -
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - Shults 3 0 2 3 1 0
 UGA - LaZear 2 0 1 0 0 0
 Up Next
Who: Arizona
When: Thursday, 5:30 p.m. CT
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Where: Palm Springs, Calif.
What's at Stake: The Sooners look to go 6-0 against ranked teams and 12-0 on the season with a showdown against No. 19 Arizona.

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- No. 1 Oklahoma continued to flex its muscles against ranked opponents with a 5-0 win over No. 16 Georgia in the opening game at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., on Thursday afternoon.

The Sooners are a perfect 5-0 against top-25 teams this season and have won those games by a combined score of 36-0. Overall, Oklahoma is 11-0 on the season, its best start since a 23-0 run to open the 2007 season.

Senior pitcher Keilani Ricketts was dominant in the circle against the Bulldogs (7-3) as she improved to 5-0 on the young season. The lefthander from San Jose, Calif., gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out 10 in the 100th complete game of her career.

With her 10 punchouts, Ricketts moved into 20th place in Division I softball history with 1,311 for her career.

The Sooners scored what would be the winning run in the first inning.

Sophomore Lauren Chamberlain led off with a single up and the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by fellow sophomore Georgia Casey. A wild pitch moved Chamberlain to third base and senior Jessica Shults singled to left field to drive her in.

Oklahoma’s lead grew to 4-0 with a three-run second inning.

Sophomore Callie Parsons reached on a hit by pitch with one out and moved to second on senior Brianna Turang’s groundout to third. Chamberlain drew a two-out walk to keep the inning going before Casey dropped a single to left field. Parsons hustled home from second ahead of the throw, allowing Chamberlain to reach third and Casey to advance to second.

Shults, who went 2-3 with three runs batted in, followed by driving in runs No. 200 and 201 of her career with a shot over Georgia center fielder Samantha LaZear’s head.

The Sooners added an insurance run in the fifth inning.

Sophomore Shelby Pendley singled to lead off the frame and stole second base following an out. Destinee Martinez then chopped a pitch back up the middle to plate Pendley and score the game’s fifth and final run.

Play continued for Oklahoma at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on Thursday. First pitch against No. 19 Arizona took place at 5:30 p.m. CT.