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Bedlam softball: Sooners return to ASA

OU's last trip to Oklahoma City ended in a championship game loss to Alabama. Now the Sooners face rival OSU at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Wednesday.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: April 16, 2013
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photo - UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / COLLEGE SOFTBALL: The Oklahoma Sooners react after a loss against Alabama in the Women's College World Series softball championship at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 7, 2012.  Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / COLLEGE SOFTBALL: The Oklahoma Sooners react after a loss against Alabama in the Women's College World Series softball championship at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 7, 2012. Photo by Garett Fisbeck, The Oklahoman

For Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts, it's hard to leave behind the last game she played in Oklahoma City.

Blame it on the delay. Blame it on a momentum shift. Go on, blame it on the rain.

There wasn't supposed to be a rain delay during Game 3 of the Women's College World Series finals last June at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium It was supposed to be a celebration of national title No. 2 for the Sooners.

Instead, it was a called third strike, and it was Ricketts who was caught looking to end the game.

Now, Ricketts and the No. 1 Sooners return to Hall of Fame Stadium at 7 p.m. Wednesday to face rival Oklahoma State in a Bedlam showdown.

That final game of the 2012 season against Alabama isn't one Ricketts is interested in recounting. She can't recall every play, or at least she told The Oklahoman she tries not to do so.

She knows what went right: “We were definitely hitting well and I was pitching well for the most part so I feel like everything was going right.”

And a little about what went wrong: “Alabama just clutched up at the right time so that was toward the end of the game.”

But does she think she let something slip away?

“No,” she said. Then she sits there with her mouth a bit open, her tongue fidgeting in her mouth against her teeth. She is visibly irked and frustrated by the long list of questions about her last game at the stadium.

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