Who: Penn State When: Sunday, 11 a.m. CT Live Stats: Click Here Where: Fullerton, Calif. Preview: The Sooners have won three of four all-time against Penn State, including a 6-1 win last year, highlighted by a Jessica Shults home run and four no-hit innings of relief pitching by Keilani Ricketts.
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Lauren Chamberlain provided the power and Keilani Ricketts dominated in the circle as No. 1 Oklahoma (25-1) shut out No. 14 Arizona, 4-0, on Saturday at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.
Chamberlain hit a pair of solo home runs to lead the OU offense, while Ricketts picked up her 10th shutout of the season as she limited the Arizona (20-8) bats to just three hits. Oklahoma has now won eight straight games since suffering its only defeat of the season on March 2.
The win enhanced Oklahoma's resume against top-25 teams, pushing its record to 9-1 in such games. The nine victories are the most for any team in the nation against ranked foes, as is the .900 winning percentage (min. two games). In those 10 games, OU is outscoring its opponents, 61-4.
Chamberlain got the scoring started for the Sooners in the first, launching a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left center for her third leadoff homer of the season. It was No. 14 overall on the season and the 44th of her career.
Two batters later, sophomore Shelby Pendley drew a walk but was erased on a fielder's choice. Ricketts then singled up the middle to move fellow senior Jessica Shults to second, while a follow-up walk to junior Brittany Williams loaded the bases. Freshman Paris Townsend was then hit by 1-1 pitch for her first career RBI.
Arizona threatened in the bottom of the inning as the Wildcats loaded the bases with just one out with a pair of infield singles and a walk. Ricketts battled back though as she struck out Lauren Young swinging and induced a weak comebacker from Kelsey Rodriguez to get out of the inning.
That would prove to be the extent of Arizona's offense as Ricketts and the Sooners retired 19 batters in a row from the first through the seventh inning. The Wildcats were set down 1-2-3 in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
After the two singles in the first, Ricketts' only other hit allowed was a two-out single in the seventh. She walked only one and struck out seven, including four in a row between the fifth and sixth innings.
Having thwarted Arizona's scoring threat in the second inning, the Sooners extended their lead in the bottom of the frame.
Senior Brianna Turang led off with an infield single to shortstop and took second on Chamberlain's walk. Both runners moved up on a groundout by sophomore Georgia Casey before Pendley lifted a sacrifice fly deep enough to left field to plate Turang and give OU a 3-0 lead.
After a scoreless third, Chamberlain hit her second home run of the day with a full-count blast to left field to lead off the fourth. It marked the 11th multi-homer game of her career and the 45th of her career. She is exactly halfway to the all-time Division I mark of 90 set by UCLA's Stacey Nuveman.
Oklahoma closes out play at the Judi Garman Classic on Sunday with games against Penn State and Cal State Fullerton. First pitch against the Nittany Lions is set for 11 a.m. CT with the matchup against the Titans to follow.
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