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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma softball team continued its winning ways Sunday afternoon as the 11th-ranked Sooners got a team effort to roll past No. 8 Missouri (46-11), 9-0 in six innings at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. OU (43-10) earned its fourth Big 12 Championship title in the event's final season. Oklahoma previously won in 1996, 2001 and 2007.
The Sooners are now 10-0 in their last 10 games and learn their draw for the NCAA Championship tonight at 9 p.m. CT on ESPNU.
Freshman pitcher Keilani Ricketts was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and three additional Sooners - seniors Lindsey Vandever and Amber Flores and freshman Jessica Shults were named to the all-tournament team.
Oklahoma got on the board early in the first inning with a three-run home run by Vandever. The Sooners tacked on two more runs in the fourth on a two-RBI single by Shults. OU added a sixth run in the bottom when Krystle Huey recorded her first triple of the season and scored on a groundout by Flores. After back-to-back walks issued to Vandever and Shults, Haley Nix ended her home run drought with a walk-off three-run shot to right field. Her last long ball came at Iowa State on April 3.
Huey set a new single game high, going 4-for-4 in the leadoff position. Huey scored three runs also tying a single game best. Vandever's only hit was the three-run shot. Nix ended the game 2-for-3 with her biggest shot being the final hit.
Ricketts threw another gem, her second shutout and third complete game of the event. She allowed three hits and struck out 11 batters. The only blemish on her spectacular line was six walks issued.
The turning point of the game came in the bottom of the fourth when Megan Christopher drew a two-out walk. Gina Schneider doubled to right center and Christopher was thrown out at home on a relay from Huey to Flores to Vandever for the third out.
In three games played, Ricketts allowed just one earned run in 20.0 innings pitched for a 0.35 earned run average. She allowed eight hits, nine walks and struck out 25 batters while holding opponents to a .121 batting average.
Huey was perfect at the plate during the event hitting 5-for-5 with four runs scored and a 1.400 slugging percentage. Nix hit .444 over the three games (4-for-9) with two runs scored and a .778 slugging percentage.