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March 2, 2013

Clutch hitting, dominant pitching lifts Sooners to win

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NORMAN —

“The first few days back home were cold and windy, but it was nice to finally be at home,” she said. “The fans were excited to see us play. We weren’t traveling and we came out relaxed.”

It was a pitcher’s duel early, with no hits coming until the bottom of the third despite OU loading the bases on three walks in the second. That changed when OU’s Georgia Casey lined a single into left field to start the two-out rally. Ricketts followed that up with a single and Shelby Pendley then walked to load the bases and set the stage for Williams’ big hit.

The next two runs in the inning came after an errant throw down the third-base line by catcher Haley Outon and a Destinee Martinez single.

The shutout victory, Ricketts’ seventh of the year, moved OU to 16-0. Next up for Oklahoma is a doubleheader against No. 25 Nebraska (11-4) beginning at 1:30 today before closing out the weekend with a rematch against Houston (8-6) at noon Sunday.

“This was a good start for us,” Ricketts said. “We have to stay focused and take it game by game.”

Corbin Hosler

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