Oklahoma opened the softball season like a No. 2-ranked team probably should — with two dominating wins.
Keilani Ricketts threw a no-hitter and the Sooners' thumpers accounted for four homers as OU whipped Stanford 6-0 on Friday at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. In a second game later in the day, Lauren Chamberlain hit two home runs to lead the Sooners to a 14-2 rout of Oregon State.
Ricketts, the 2012 USA Softball Player of the Year, dominated Stanford throughout the seven-inning opener. She walked three but struck out 14. Ricketts, Jessica Shults, Chamberlain and Arizona transfer Shelby Pendley all homered. Shults' homer was a three-run shot during the Sooners' five-run first inning.
Oregon State touched OU starting pitcher Michelle Gascoigne for two runs in the top of the first inning, but it was all Sooners after that. Chamberlain added her second and third homers of the season, and Gascoigne held the Beavers to one hit the rest of the way. OU won the second game in five innings on the mercy rule.
Oklahoma State opened its softball season by splitting two games at the Red Dirt Classic in St. George, Utah. The Cowgirls beat Weber State 2-1 in the opener, then Seattle trimmed OSU 3-2 in the second game. Kat Espinosa, Samantha Chrisman and Simone Freeman each pitched in the first game, holding Weber State to a run on two hits and one walk. The trio combined for eight strikeouts.
Seattle touched OSU's second-game starter, Simone Freeman, for three runs on five hits in three innings.
BRONCHOS HOST MIAA MEET
The University of Central Oklahoma will host the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Wrestling Championships on Sunday at Hamilton Field House in Edmond. The third-ranked Bronchos will be favored to win the tournament, although defending NCAA Division II champion Nebraska-Kearney could be the spoiler. UCO won the regular season dual championship with a 5-0 record.
The six-team tournament begins at 10 a.m. Semifinals will begin at approximately 11:30. Championship matches will start around 2:30 p.m.
All-session tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for seniors ages 62 and over and kids ages 17 and under; and $5 for college students with a valid school identification card.