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Oklahoma scene: Sooners hold off Missouri

Fifth-ranked Oklahoma edged No. 10 Missouri 2-1 behind Keilani Ricketts.
From Staff Reports Published: April 22, 2012
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The No. 5 Oklahoma softball team captured its sixth Big 12 series in as many tries with a 2-1 win over No. 10 Missouri in Norman on Sunday afternoon.

OU's Keilani Ricketts (23-6) had 11 strikeouts and allowed just four hits as the Sooners (38-7, 13-4 Big 12) took two of three games from the Tigers (34-10, 11-7) over the weekend. Ricketts also went 1 for 2 at the plate with an RBI.

The Sooners will meet Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Norman.

COWGIRLS FALL TO TEXAS

The Texas softball team scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the second to defeat the Cowgirls 5-1 Sunday afternoon at McCombs Field in Austin, Texas.

Amy Graham was 1 for 2 for OSU with an RBI.

Simone Freeman (7-7) took the loss for OSU. Freeman pitched for two innings, giving up only one earned run and striking out two.

Kat Espinosa pitched the last four innings for the Cowgirls (23-18, 6-8 Big 12).

Blair Luna (16-3) got the win for Texas. Luna pitched all seven innings, striking out nine, walking five and giving up one earned run.

UCO SPLITS WITH NO. 17 MISSOURI WESTERN

Central Oklahoma pitcher Amanda McClelland threw her fourth shutout of the season in Sunday's finale to earn a doubleheader split with No. 17 Missouri Western with a 5-0 victory.

One day after the Bronchos' 35-game win streak ended, they fell victim to a two-game losing streak after dropping Sunday's opener, 3-2.

But McClelland, a former standout at Lawton MacArthur, responded. She didn't allow a runner past second base and walked just one to improve to 18-1.

UCO (38-5) ends the regular season Tuesday at home against No. 25 West Texas A&M.