OU Takes Bedlam Series Lead in 141st Meeting

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 28, 2012

March 28, 2012

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
 OSU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
 Oklahoma 1 1 1 0 0 1 - 4 7 2
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 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W- Ricketts (15-4) 7.0 1 0 0 1 10
 L - Espinosa (9-6) 6.0 7 4 3 3 5
 S - N/A 0.0 - - - - -
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU- Henson 3 1 1 1 0 1
 OSU- Anchors 3 0 1 0 0 0
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Entering Wednesday night’s first game of the Bedlam Series presented by Farm Bureau, No. 7 Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were knotted squarely at 70 wins apiece in the 140-game series history. After yet another stellar pitching performance from junior pitcher Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma took the edge in the series history with a 4-0 win over Oklahoma State at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The win moves OU to 27-4 and 3-1 in the Big 12 while OSU falls to 16-13 and 1-3 in the Big 12. Oklahoma had seven hits to OSU’s one while leaving seven on base to OSU’s three.

Ricketts moved to 15-4 on the year as she pitched her fourth one hitter of the season while striking out 10 Cowgirls, her 11th game this season with at least 10 strikeouts. Ricketts, who now has a season earned run average of 0.69, walked just one Oklahoma State batter a day after being named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season. Kat Espinosa took the loss for OSU to fall to 9-6. Espinosa gave up seven Oklahoma hits while walking three and striking out five.

“Keilani is a little more mature this year and refuses to let any outside influences affect her during the game and it shows in her pitching,” said OU Head Coach Patty Gasso. “The freshmen are playing phenomenal right now. Lauren Chamberlain turned on a double play with no hesitation because she trusts her teammates.”

Oklahoma opened the scoring in the first when Destinee Martinez led off with a walk before a Jessica Shults single through the left side of the OSU infield and an error by OSU shortstop Chelsea Garcia on a Ricketts grounder loaded the bases. A Chamberlain blooper to shallow center field brought home Martinez for the game’s first run. Oklahoma moved to 25-0 when scoring first and 12-0 when scoring in the first inning.

The Sooners added a second run in the second inning when Katie Norris walked to start off the inning before being replaced on the base path by Jessica Vest. Martinez sent Vest to second on a ground out to short before a Shults single to center sent the speedy Vest around the corner for OU’s second run of the game.

OU continued its consistent pace of scoring when it added a third run in the third inning as Chamberlain became the third Sooner to lead off an inning with a walk. A Brittany Williams ground out to first moved Chamberlain to second before a Brianna Turang to left field sent Chamberlain home for the third run of the night.

Javen Henson added Oklahoma’s final run in the bottom of the sixth when she sent an Espinosa pitch over the left-center field fence for her third home run of the season and Oklahoma’s 46th in 31 games this season.

The Sooners return to action Friday with the beginning of Big 12 home play as they host Kansas in a three-game series beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. Oklahoma and Kansas play again Saturday at 2 p.m. and close out the series Sunday at 12 p.m. Fans attending the game are asked to allow for traffic delays due to the City of Norman and OU hosting the annual Medieval Fair this weekend beginning Friday at Reaves Park.




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