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.
Asking her to verbally go back through what happened on that last pitch in Oklahoma City is the worst.
“Um. ... I don't know,” she said. “It's kind of hard to answer, I guess.”
What did she see? Was it a rise ball? A changeup? A curve?
“I guess I just saw strike three,” Ricketts said, “and we lost.”
Talk to senior Brianna Turang about the same game and it's “no problem.” She thinks that last game in Oklahoma City was a great learning experience.
“This year it kind of gave us this motivation to do whatever we can to get back and win it,” she said.
They even took their motto from the end of last year into this year: Fight. Finish. Faith.
But the big one is “finish.”
“I think just kind of everything around us, it was distracting,” Turang said of the national title game. “Obviously the rain. Both teams had to play in it, whatever. It was tough. I think we just kind of lost a little bit of focus ... We weren't on our game that day.”
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
Where: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Radio: KREF-AM 1400