In the first game between two teams expected to compete for the Big 12 title, it was errors that defined the meeting. Baylor walked in OU’s first two runs, two of the nine walks the Bears issued, and received some help from the Sooners as well. Ricketts, who wasn’t at her best on Friday, walked three and hit a batter.
But she still did more than enough to earn the win, striking out eight to move her record to 17-1 on the season and earn her 115th career victory, tying her with Jennifer Stewart for the most in school history.
The Sooners got on board first in the second inning, loading the bases before scoring two on walked batters. But Baylor responded in the third, with Sarah Smith’s two-run double to tie the game at 2, a score that held until the Sooners’ big fifth inning.
Next is the second game in the series at noon today at Marita Hynes Field and Shults, who was visibly fired up throughout Friday’s game, said the Sooners will bring the same energy to the field.
“The Big 12 is just a different mentality,” she said. “They came out ready to play and so did we. Twenty-one of us strong, that’s what we’ve been saying, and we just want to bring it.”
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