March 28, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team pounded out 13 hits to run-rule third-ranked Missouri, 9-0, in six innings on Sunday afternoon. The Sooners (27-8, 1-1 Big 12) got a complete game shutout from Keilani Ricketts and two home runs from Jessica Shults to bounce back against the Tigers (23-4, 1-1 Big 12).
"I'm pleased to see their response and how they answered," said Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso. "I'm very pleased to see that they did it against such a tough team like Missouri and glad to see it happening this time of year."
Oklahoma got on the board first with two runs in the third inning. Krystle Huey reached on a throwing error and advanced to second on the miscue. Huey then scored on Shults' first home run of the game.
The Sooners added four runs in the bottom of the fourth as Katie Norris led off with a walk and pinch runner Brianna Turang moved to second on Karolyne Long's single through the left side. Amber Flores then singled up the middle to score Turang, and Huey laid down an infield bunt to load the bases for OU. Shults delivered her second hit of the game, a two-RBI single to score Flores and Long. Huey scored after Haley Nix reached on a fielding error that prolonged the inning.
In the sixth inning, Shults hit her second home run of the game to lead off the inning and Chana'e Jones walked to give OU a runner aboard. With one out, Dani Dobbs ended the game, driving in the required runs needed for the run-rule with her third home run of the season.
Ricketts (17-7) threw her 14th complete game and sixth shutout of the season. In her 19 starts this season, it was her third one-hitter. She walked three and struck out eight.
Michaele Vock tallied Missouri's only hit, a third-inning single. After giving up the hit to Vock, Ricketts retired 10 of 12 batters faced.
Kristin Nottelman (6-3) allowed six runs, four of them earned, in 3.1 innings pitched. Nottelman walked three and struck out three.
Oklahoma returns to action next week at Iowa State. Due to the Easter holiday, the series is set for Friday and Saturday. First pitch Friday is set for 3 p.m. CT in Ames. Saturday's finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT. Live stats are available at SoonerSports.com.