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March 23, 2013

Sooners hoping to stay hot despite cold, wet forecast

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NORMAN —

If that’s the case, the series against Louisville will go a long way toward showing the Sooners how far into that process they are. The Cardinals (25-4) have won 13 of their last 14 games, with the only loss coming to fifth-ranked Texas. They own wins over No. 11 LSU, No. 14 Michigan and No. 24 North Carolina in that span.

But Gasso hasn’t overworked her team heading into the showdown. Instead she gave the team two days off this week for Spring Break, and has been pleased with the results so far.

“We’ve had good quality practices,” she said. “Sometimes it’s hard to know how much time off to give a team, but these guys have come in ready to work. That’s key for us.”

Michelle Gascoigne and Keilani Ricketts, who are 1-2 in the country with ERAs of .59 and .72 respectively, have been another key for OU’s run. The pair have dominated opposing lineups in large part because they’re able to get ahead of hitters in the order.

The pair have combined to throw the seven consecutive shutouts and Ricketts has gone 23 innings without giving up a run. It’s a streak that the senior will try to extend against Louisville.

“We faced some tough competition in California last week and we came out focused for each game,” she said. “That gave us a lot of momentum heading into this week. They’re a tough-hitting team, but we’ve just got to keep doing what we’ve been doing.”

Corbin Hosler

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