Feb. 16, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The No. 1/2 Oklahoma Sooners have played three games at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif., and the opposing batters have yet to still crack the OU pitching staff.
Seniors Keilani Ricketts and Michelle Gascoigne combined to keep No. 22/24 Kentucky off the scoreboard, while the OU offense gave plenty of run support in an 11-0, five-inning win.
Through three games played at the event, the Sooners are outscoring their opponents 22-0. Oklahoma has thrown three consecutive shutouts for the first time since throwing four in a row from March 9-13, 2011.
Ricketts threw the game's first four innings. She struck out three and gave up four hits with two walks on just 60 pitches. Gascoigne finished the game off in the fifth by getting the Wildcats in order.
History was made in the fifth inning.
With the Sooners up 7-0, Jessica Shults crushed a grand slam off a palm tree in right field to give the game its final margin.
The home run was the second of the year for Shults and the 56th of her career. The latter mark ties former Sooner Amber Flores and Texas' Megan Gibson for the Big 12 career home run record.
Oklahoma jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
Lauren Chamberlain and Georgia Casey led off the game with walks before Jessica Shults singled up the middle to score Chamberlain. Ricketts then grounded to second baseman Christian Stokes who tagged Shults, but threw wildly to first base to allow Casey to score.
With two outs and Ricketts on first, Brittany Williams singled to center field and Destinee Martinez followed with a sharp single of her own to left field to make it 3-0.
The Sooners tacked on two more runs in the second inning.
Brianna Turang singled to right field to start the inning and scored from first when Casey doubled off the wall in left center. After Shults lined out to third base, Ricketts sent a double of her own to right center that one-hopped the wall to push the lead to 5-0.
Kentucky threatened in the second inning when it used a walk, single and hit by pitch to load the bases with two outs, but Ricketts got Kara Dill to strike out swinging on four pitches to end the inning.
The Wildcats mounted another attack in the third inning, putting runners on first and second with no one out. The Sooners got out of it though when Jessica Vest fielded a grounder and threw to Pendley at third for the force. Ricketts then fielded her position and started a 1-5-3 double play to end the third.
Oklahoma added to its lead in the fourth when Chamberlain and Casey each drew one-out walks. After an infield fly, Ricketts singled down the right field line to drive in her second run of the game.
The Sooners put the run rule into effect with a five-run fifth inning.
Martinez led off the inning with a double that landed near the left field line. After Leslie Miller was hit by a pitch, Turang reached on an infield single to fill the bases with no one out and the top of the order coming up.
Chamberlain singled to center field to drive in a run. After a fielder's choice, Shults crushed her grand slam.
Oklahoma was back in action Saturday afternoon against No. 16 Washington. First pitch occurred at 5:55 p.m. CT.