Feb. 15, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Fourteen innings into the Campbell/Cartier Classic, the Oklahoma pitching staff has still yet to allow a run.
Just hours after the team's 7-0 win over UC Riverside, senior Keilani Ricketts struck out nine batters as the Sooners defeated host-San Diego State, 4-0, Friday night to cap a scoreless opening day in San Diego, Calif.
Oklahoma has now thrown four shutouts this year and is outscoring its opponents 61-7. Standing at 7-0 on the year, the Sooners are off to their best start since they started the 2007 season on a 23-game winning streak.
Ricketts yielded just three hits and walked two batters as she improved to 3-0 on the season. It was the 101st win of her career, tying former Sooner Kami Keiter for fourth-most in Big 12 history and second-most in Oklahoma annals.
It was also the 41st shutout of Ricketts' career, extending her own school record.
Ricketts got all the run support she needed in the first inning.
With runners on first and second and two outs, Shelby Pendley doubled to right center to bring home Georgia Casey and advance Jessica Shults to third base. Brittany Williams then hit a chopper off the top of San Diego State pitcher Danielle O'Toole's glove to plate Shults and make it 2-0.
The Aztecs (3-4) mounted their biggest threat in the bottom of the second with they put together back-to-back one-out singles. Oklahoma shortstop Jessica Vest waited on a soft line drive from Kaitlin Connors, however, and let it hit the ground. Vest quickly fielded the ball, threw to Pendley at third base to get one force out and Pendley then fired to Casey at second base to get the double play.
The missed scoring opportunity loomed even larger for SDSU as the Sooners tacked on to their lead in the third inning.
With one out and Ricketts on first, Williams singled up the middle. Freshman Kady Self came on to pinch run for Ricketts at second before a fielder's choice put runners on the corners. Jessica Vest then stole second to put a pair of runners in scoring position with two outs. Freshman Erin Miller hit a blooper between second and right field and hustled all the way into second base for a two-run double.
Ricketts took control from there, setting down seven batters in a row before Kristin May singled to left field and moved to second on an error. Ricketts left her stranded there though as she closed out the fifth with a pair of strikeouts.
After a two-out walk in the sixth, Ricketts got Patrice Jackson to fly out to center field. In the seventh, Ricketts struck out Lorena Bauer and Kamerin May swinging before Kaitlin May hit a soft popup that Ricketts fielded to close out the game.
Oklahoma continues play at the Campbell/Cartier Classic on Saturday with a pair of top-25 matchups. First up, the Sooners take on No. 22 Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. CT. That game is followed by a contest with No. 16 Washington at 5:45 p.m. CT.