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April 29, 2013

Ricketts’ fifth careerno-hitter closes door on Iowa State

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“I feel like we’re really starting to play some really good softball,” coach Patty Gasso said. “We came out every day this weekend really bringing it. We’re all on the same page and everybody’s contributing.”

For the third game in a row, “everybody” meant almost every Sooner on the roster. Eighteen players got on the field, and 11 different batters reached base. Chamberlain led OU by going 2 for 2 with three RBIs and a walk, while Ricketts and Georgia Casey and Destinee Martinez all added a pair of RBIs.

Gasso felt comfortable putting in the reserves after the Sooners exploded in the first inning for the third day in a row. After Sunday’s 7-0 start after one frame, the Sooners increased their first-inning advantage over the Cyclones to 23-0 and outscored Iowa State 44-1 on the weekend.

With the win, OU maintained its Big 12 lead over Texas and is on track to win the conference title if the Sooners can win five of their last six games, with a series at Kansas next weekend being followed by a three-game set against Oklahoma State in Bedlam.

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For the record: OU moved to 43-3 and 11-1 in Big 12 play while Iowa State fell to 19-29, 4-11 in conference.

Inside the game: Keilani Ricketts was working on a no-hitter in the fourth inning when a great defensive play by Erin Miller helped preserve it. Iowa State launched one to left field, one of the few times the Cyclones made solid contact, and Miller rushed the ball, making a sliding catch inches off the ground to get the out. Ricketts followed that up by forcing a groundout to complete the inning, and an inning later, the no-hitter.

Stat of the game: Ten strikeouts. That's how many Keilani Ricketts fanned on Sunday, moving her already school-best career count to 1,501.

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