Not that she called any attention to her dominant super regional performance, in which she struck out 20 batters and gave up just two runs. Instead, Ricketts called attention to Pendley’s performance, leading to the humorous exchange between the two.
“I love watching her play because she goes 0-for one day and ends up having two home runs the next,” Ricketts said of Pendley. “We knew that this was going to be a tough series and to be able to win the way we did it gives us a lot of confidence.”
Ricketts described advancing to the World Series as just one more goal met for the Sooners. Now the ultimate goal of a national championship after coming up one game short a year ago is within reach for OU, and the Sooners will take the next step toward that when they open World Series play on Thursday in Oklahoma City.
“I’m just extremely proud of this team,” coach Patty Gasso said. “They gave us another chance to fight for a national championship. Being one of the final eight is quite an accomplishment. Texas A&M was a good test for us and they made us better. They made Keilani step up and be on her game, and she did a really great job answering.”