Ricketts Strikes Out 17 in 4-2 Win Over Kansas

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 05, 2013

May 5, 2013

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
 Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 6 1
 Kansas 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 1
Box Score


 Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
 W - Ricketts 7.0 4 2 1 3 17
 L - Pille 7.0 6 4 2 5 7
 S - N/A - - - - - -
 Leaders AB R H RBI BB HR
 OU - Casey 3 0 1 2 0 0
 KU - Naudin 3 0 1 1 0 0
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Who: Kansas
When: Sunday, 1 p.m. CT
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Where: Lawrence, Kan.
Preview: With a win in game one, the top-ranked Sooners look for the doubleheader sweep against the Jayhawks.
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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Keilani Ricketts struck out a season-high 17 batters and the No. 1 Oklahoma softball team rallied for 4-2 win in game one of a doubleheader at Kansas on Sunday afternoon.

Tied at 2-2 in the seventh, sophomore Callie Parsons got the rally started with a walk, and senior Brianna Turang followed with a single through the left side. Sophomore Lauren Chamberlain flew out to right field for the first out, but it was deep enough to move Parsons up to third.

Sophomore Georgia Casey came to the plate next and put down a squeeze bunt to allow Parsons to slide in safely and score what would be the game-winning run. Later in the frame, with runners on the corners, Ricketts helped her own cause with a chopper back up the middle to drive in Turang for an insurance run.

The rally enabled Ricketts to celebrate a dominant win. Her 17 strikeouts set a season high, surpassing the 15 she recorded at Texas on April 19. It was also tied for the second-highest strikeout total of her career, trailing only the school-record 19 she had against Iona on May 20, 2011.

Ricketts, who got the first 12 outs of the game via a swinging strikeout, improved to 25-1 with the win. She allowed four hits, three walks and two runs, though only one run was earned.

At the plate, Ricketts was 1-3 with an RBI single. In the first inning, she drew the 164th walk of her career to break the school record of 163 held by Amber Flores.

Kansas broke through first in the second inning when Chanin Naudin hit an RBI double. The Jayhawks proceeded to load the bases with no one out, but Ricketts came back with three straight strikeouts to avoid any further damage.

Ricketts then struck out the side in the third and led off the fourth with another punchout for seven strikeouts in a row. After a hit batter, the senior southpaw came back with two more strikeouts.

After being held scoreless through four innings for just the fifth time this season, Oklahoma took the lead in the fifth inning.

Junior Destinee Martinez and Parsons led off the fifth with back-to-back singles. Turang then bunted them into scoring position before a walk to Chamberlain loaded the bases.
On a full-count pitch, Casey hit a bloop single into right center that allowed Martinez and Parsons to score and give the Sooners a 2-1 lead.

The Jayhawks answered back in the bottom of the frame when Alex Hugo reached on a wild pitch strikeout and came around to score on a Sooners throwing error.




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