RICKETTS' RELEASE TIME OFF
Oklahoma's No. 1 pitcher Keilani Ricketts struggled on Sunday to place the ball. In the bottom of the third, Ricketts threw a ball low and it hit Arkansas' Chloe Oprzedek in the foot.
After a meeting with pitching coach Melyssa Lombardi, Ricketts threw three straight balls.
“I don't think this was her greatest weekend and she can tell you that,” Gasso said.
Gasso said Ricketts was having trouble this weekend with her timing and that it's a small, quick fix.
“It's just more where she's releasing the ball,” Gasso said. “Is her hand fast or is her hand slow? She could have probably gone in the bullpen and gotten it worked out.”
Gasso on if she thought of resting Ricketts from hitting after she took her off the pitching mound: “She needs to be ready for this. It's going to be this kind of weather the rest of the way. This was our first humid and warm weekend and we need to prepare for this. Giving her rest is not something I wanted to do but get her in it and say ‘You're going to have to deal with this.' And she has and she knows how.”