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May 26, 2013

Field nearly set for WCWS

NORMAN — The field for the Women’s College World Series is half-way set.

Joining OU is Michigan, Washington and Tennessee, which all punched their tickets on Saturday. Four more teams will join the field after today’s super regionals are decided.

OU, which will enter its eighth World Series, will meet Michigan on Thursday to open World Series play. The Wolverines defeated Louisiana-Lafayette to advance to the series. The tournament is double-elimination until the championship round, which is a best-of-three series.

Sooners dominate regional play: With Saturday’s 8-0 run-rule victory over Texas A&M, OU completed a dominant run to the World Series. The Sooners run-ruled four of their five games and outscored opponents 59-8 through regional and super regional play.

Saturday’s runaway win, highlighted by Shelby Pendley’s two home runs and five RBIs, capped off what has been the common theme in postseason play: Keilani Ricketts and Michelle Gascoigne cripple the opposing lineup while the explosive lineup strings together a big inning.

On Saturday that big inning came in the fourth. The Sooners loaded the bases with two outs before Shelby Pendley drew a walk to bring in a run. Keilani Ricketts followed that up with a two-RBI hit and the Sooners added another in the inning. It turned a 4-0 game into the eight-run, run-rule victory.

“The score’s might look like ‘wow,’ but I don’t feel that,’” coach Patty Gasso said. “I feel a tight game going out. Today we just took advantage of some base on balls and had some timely hitting.”

Ricketts makes early adjustments: After coming up with just three hits on Friday, Texas A&M came back Saturday with a more aggressive game plan against OU’s Keilani Ricketts. The Aggies took swings earlier in the count rather than letting Ricketts dictate.

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