March 2, 2013
The victory moves Oklahoma to 17-0 on the season, the team's second-best start behind only a 23-0 run that opened the 2007 campaign. It is also now tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in school history.
In taking down the 25th-ranked Cornhuskers (11-5), Oklahoma's record against ranked teams improved to 8-0 and the Sooners are outscoring those top-25 teams, 57-3.
Oklahoma opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning.
Brianna Turang led off with a single before moving to second on a walk by Lauren Chamberlain. Georgia Casey then singled up the middle to load the bases. Jessica Shults grounded out to third but that allowed Turang to score and move Chamberlain and Casey up a base.
With two runners in scoring position, Keilani Ricketts helped her own cause with a single to right center to make it 3-0.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Nebraska tied the game up in the fifth with a pair of runs. The Cornhuskers became the first ranked team to score against OU this year, snapping a streak of 49 consecutive scoreless innings.
With the bases loaded and no one out, Gabby Banda was hit by a pitch to bring in the Huskers' first run. After a strikeout and a force out at the plate, the Sooners were nearly out of the inning, but two errors on one play allowed two runs came in to tie the game.
Undaunted, the Sooners used their second-biggest inning of the year to take the lead and put the game out of reach. And all of the damage came with two outs.
Shelby Pendley kept the inning alive with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball. After a walk to Brittany Williams, Destinee Martinez singled through the right side and Pendley used a head-first slide to avoid a tag and give OU the lead.
Pinch hitter Callie Parsons drew a walk to load the bases and Turang followed with a walk of her own to make it 5-3. Chamberlain then smoked a two-run single to center field to put the Sooners ahead 7-3.
After a walk to Casey re-loaded the bases, Shults laced a single to left field that got under the glove of Nebraska's Jordan Bettiol. The ball ran to the wall and cleared the bases to get to the game's final margin.
Nebraska threatened to get back into the game in the top of the seventh as it loaded the bases with no one out. However, Michelle Gascoigne came on in relief of Ricketts and retired the next three batters to end the game.
Ricketts got the win and improved to 9-0 on the season as she threw 6.0 innings with eight strikeouts. She allowed four hits and three runs, though only one run was earned.