April 28, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - For a second consecutive game, the 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team got offensive contributions from the entire lineup as the Sooners ran past 11th-ranked Oklahoma State, 11-1 in five innings. In front 1,499 fans, the second largest crowd ever at the OU Softball Complex, the Sooners (37-10, 11-3 Big 12) pounded out 11 hits, including three home runs.
Freshman starter Keilani Ricketts (23-8) kept the Cowgirls (41-11, 10-4 Big 12) in check, allowing just one run on three hits and one walk with seven strikeouts. Ricketts threw her 20th complete game of the season.
The Sooners batted around in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Haley Anderson began the barrage with a solo home run to deep right center, her first of the year. Amber Flores and Jessica Shults reached base on back-to-back walks and moved up on a wild pitch. Haley Nix drove in a run with an RBI single scoring Flores. Shults scored on an illegal pitch.
In the bottom of the third the Sooners added three more runs, pushing the lead to 6-0. Nix and Ricketts both singled to start the inning. Sophomore Katie Norris hit a three-run home run to left field. In five games played against OSU, Norris has two home runs and 10 runs batted in.
Oklahoma continued the scoring in the bottom of the fourth adding five more runs. Flores started off the inning with a single and came into score on a two-run home run by Shults. Shults moved her RBI total to 57 on the season, two shy of entering the Oklahoma single season list in the category.
Lindsey Vandever doubled in the next at bat and was followed by consecutive walks by Nix and Ricketts. Norris added her fourth RBI of the night with a single to score Vandever. Dani Dobbs then drew a bases loaded walk to score pinch runner Krystle Huey. Wendy Trott added the final run with an RBI groundout, making the lead 11-0.
Oklahoma State added its only run in the top of the fifth on a bases loaded RBI ground out by Mariah Gearhart. Anna Whiddon (20-6) picked up the loss, pitching just two-thirds of an inning. Whiddon allowed three earned runs on two hits and three walks.
Norris ended the game 2-for-2 with four runs driven in and one scored. Freshman Brianna Turang finished the night 2-for-3 and Nix 2-for-2 with one RBI and one scored. Eight of Oklahoma's 13 batters all recorded a hit in the contest.
Oklahoma returns to action Saturday against the Kansas Jayhawks in the final conference series of the season. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT at the OU Softball Complex.