It was a sign of things to come. Ricketts dominated for most of the game until the final inning, while Luna gave up nine hits and left the game in the sixth inning with OU on top 5-1 after giving up the second home run of the day to Shelby Pendley.
It was OU’s depth that made the difference Sunday.
The Sooners’ ability to pitch Gascoigne on Saturday allowed Ricketts a day of rest, something Luna could have used after pitching three days in a row for the first time this season. The Texas senior wasn’t her best a day after giving up just four hits in Texas’ 4-2 victory.
Again it was the bottom of the OU order coming through, breaking the game open in the fifth inning with a leadoff walk to Jessica Shults and a single from Destinee Martinez setting the stage for Brianna Turang, who doubled into left field to bring in two runs and give OU some insurance it would later need.
“She’s been on fire all weekend,” Gasso said of Turang. “She’s such a spark at nine (in the batting order) for us. One of the things I’m most proud of this weekend is the way the bottom of the lineup came through for us.”
While Ricketts was dealing in the circle, Pendley made sure the Sooners would have the offense to back her up. The sophomore broke out of an 0 for 4 slump in the series’ first two games by going 2 for 2 on Sunday with two deep solo home runs in the first and sixth innings.
Pendley found success against Luna after watching film on Saturday night and moving back in the batter’s box.
“I wasn’t going to strike out again,” she said. “After I got that first one my confidence went way up and I was relieved.”