Oklahoma's pitching tandem of Keilani Ricketts and Michelle Gascoigne is becoming as lethal as the Sooners' batting order. Ricketts and Gascoigne each threw complete-game shutouts Thursday as No. 1-ranked OU whipped No. 16 Georgia and No. 19 Arizona by 5-0 scores during the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
Ricketts surrendered one hit and one walk while striking out 10 against Georgia. Gascoigne gave up three hits and two walks, but she struck out 12 against Arizona.
The Sooners improved to 12-0. No OU player homered in the opener against Georgia (7-3), but the Sooners' Ricketts, Jessica Shults and Jessica Vest went deep in the rout of Arizona (8-3).
Oklahoma is 6-0 this season against ranked teams, outscoring those squads 41-0.
COWGIRLS SPLIT PAIR
Tarah Ettinger had two hits, including a solo home run, helping Oklahoma State trim Brigham Young 3-2 on Thursday in the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Earlier in the day, the Cowgirls managed just four hits in a 2-0 loss to unbeaten Florida. Oklahoma State (6-5) plays one game Friday, a 10:30 p.m. (Oklahoma time) game against Stanford.
HAMPTON CHOSEN AS OKC COACH
Jimmy Hampton, one of the most decorated soccer coaches in Oklahoma history, will be head coach of the new Oklahoma City entry in the Premier Developmental League. Hampton's teams, which include the men's and women's teams at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, have a combined record of 347-191-32.
The coach has scheduled a player tryout on March 23. Participants must be age 16. Registration is available at oklahomacityfc.com.
Oklahoma City's first game is scheduled May 11 against Austin at Stars Field on the Oklahoma City University campus.
OSU RESCHEDULES GAMES
Oklahoma State baseball has rescheduled this weekend's series against the New Jersey Institute of Technology because of inclement weather.
The Cowboys will play a doubleheader on Saturday at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater starting at 1 p.m. There will not be a game Friday.
The final game of the series is scheduled for noon on Sunday.