NORMAN — The Sooners have already proven this season that they are the odds-on favorite to win the Big 12 and possibly a national title. And on Friday, Keilani Ricketts proved yet again that she was the most dominant pitcher in the conference and the country.
Ricketts recorded the fourth no-hitter of her career as No. 1 Oklahoma cruised to a 9-0, six-inning run-rule victory over Texas Tech in the first game of a weekend series.
It was Ricketts’ third no-hitter of the season after throwing two in her first two starts, and it came against the toughest competition. But the Red Raiders (27-16, 1-6), who lost their sixth in a row, were unable to make anything happen against Ricketts, who won her 117th game to extend her program-best career count. She struck out six batters in the win.
While Ricketts was dominating in the circle, her teammates provided the punch at the plate as OU (35-2, 4-0) won its eighth in a row. The game was within reach, with OU 4-0 heading into the sixth, but the Sooners exploded in the inning to wrap up the game.
Lauren Chamberlain hit her 19th home run of the season, a 2-run shot, to kickstart the Sooners, and Shelby Pendley followed with her second home run of the game. Leslie Miller added an RBI single to cap off the inning, and three outs later Ricketts wrapped up the no-hitter and the game.
Next up for OU is the second game of the series, coming at 4 p.m. today.