March 5, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY - The 10th ranked University of Oklahoma softball team won both games Saturday in The Preview featuring Bedlam at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Sooners came from behind to defeat Illinois-Chicago 5-3 before shutting out 19th-ranked Oklahoma State 7-0 in the nightcap.
Oklahoma 7, Oklahoma State 0
Keilani Ricketts struck out 13 and Jessica Shults drove in five runs as the Sooners scored five runs in the first two innings to down archrival Oklahoma State 7-0. Shults hit her 12th home run of the year, a two-runs shot, in the fourth following a bases-loaded clearing double in the second. Shults ended the game a perfect 3-for-3 and also had a walk in her final at-bat of the night.
The top of the order provided the majority of hits for the Sooners. Destinee Martinez finished the night 2-for-5 with a run scored and Brianna Turang and Brittany Williams each had a hit. Williams also drew two walks, moving her single season total to 21. The only other Sooner to get a hit was Haley Nix, who ended the night 2-for-3 with a run driven in.
OU scored the first run of the game in the top of the first when Dani Dobbs drew a bases loaded walk. Shults' double scored three of the runs in the second before scoring on Nix's single to left field. Shults' home run provided the only two runs in the fourth.
Ricketts (8-2) held the Cowgirls (14-5) to five hits with Chelsea Garcia leading the way with a 2-for-4 performance. She also allowed just one walk and allowed just one OSU base runner to reach third. Ricketts threw her third complete game shutout of the week. She has registered double-digit strikeouts in two of those three contests.
Kat Espinosa (8-2) started the game, picking up the loss. Espinosa pitched 2.0 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits. She also allowed four walks. Simone Freeman pitched the remaining 5.0 innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits.
Oklahoma 5, Illinois-Chicago 3
The Sooners trailed 3-2 through five innings and got a three-run home run from Shults in the bottom of the sixth to down Illinois-Chicago 5-3 in the Sooners' first game of the day. OU starter Michelle Gascoigne allowed a run to score on a wild pitch and a two-run home run in the first as OU fought back to get the win.
The Sooners cut into the lead in the fourth as Dobbs reached after being hit by a pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. Dobbs then moved to third on a single by Turang and scored on another wild pitch. Pinch hitter Katie Norris drew a walk and Javen Henson re-entered to run as she scored on a Martinez single.
A single from Martinez to lead off the sixth and a one-out single from Williams put two runners aboard for Shults, who hit what would be her first home run of the day.
Ricketts picked up the win in relief, pitching the final 1.2 innings. She walked one and allowed two hits. Allee Allen pitched 4.1 innings, allowing four hits and three strike outs.
The Sooners close out weekend action Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. CT against Illinois-Chicago at the OU Softball Complex.