Who: Nebraska When: Friday, 6 p.m. CT Live Stats: Click Here Where: Norman, Okla. What's at Stake: The Sooners open the home portion of their schedule against a Nebraska team that OU beat 2-0 last Friday night.
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The old adage is that to be the best, you have to beat the best. That certainly seems to be the case so far for the No. 1 Oklahoma softball team.
In defeating No. 23 Florida State, 6-0, on Saturday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, the Sooners improved to 15-0 on the season and 7-0 against ranked teams. In those seven wins, Oklahoma has outscored its opponents 47-0.
Oklahoma opened the scoring on Saturday in the second inning.
Shelby Pendley led off with a double that got under the glove of a diving Morgan Bullock in center field. After moving to third on a groundout, Pendley came home when Destinee Martinez doubled into the gap in left center.
Martinez came all the way around to score on the play when Florida State left fielder Kirstin Austin committed a throwing error as she threw the ball out of play.
The runs proved to be all the support that Keilani Ricketts needed in the circle.
In improving to 7-0, the senior struck out 11 and allowed just a lone single in the first inning as she threw her sixth shutout of the season and lowered her earned run average to just 0.78.
Ricketts and the Sooners retired the final 16 Seminoles batters of the game, not allowing a base runner beyond the second inning.
The Sooners' 2-0 lead doubled in the third inning as Georgia Casey reached on a one-out bunt single and came all the way around to score when Jessica Shults followed with a sharp grounder through the left side that ran to the wall for a double.
In the fifth inning, Lauren Chamberlain ripped a line drive home run over the fence in left center field for her eighth homer of the year and 38th of her career.
Oklahoma took advantage of a Florida State error in the fifth to make it 6-0.
Shults reached on a throwing error by Seminoles third baseman Briana Hamilton. After a wild pitch and a groundout, Pendley advanced Shults to third with a single through the right side. Williams then grounded out to first base, unassisted to plate Shults.
After playing their first 15 games away from Norman, the Sooners play their first home game this Friday as part of its Spring Preview Tournament. OU faces Nebraska on Friday in Norman at 6 p.m., before taking on Houston and the Cornhuskers in Oklahoma City on Saturday. A final contest against the Cougars rounds out play on Sunday.
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