Oklahoma softball notebook: Sooners advance to third consecutive Women's College World Series

As fireworks went off in left field and Sooner fans cheered, Oklahoma walked out to the outfield and removed a section of the wall next to the seven other Women's College World Series logos. An eighth logo will be added to that piece of the wall.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: May 25, 2013
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The Sooners are ASA Hall of Fame bound.

For the third straight season, Oklahoma made the Women's College World Series.

As fireworks went off in left field and Sooner fans cheered, Oklahoma walked out to the outfield and removed a section of the wall next to the seven other Women's College World Series logos. An eighth logo will be added to that piece of the wall.

“It was just a great feeling,” third baseman Shelby Pendley said.

Pendley helped Oklahoma to its 8-0 victory in Game 2 of the Super Regional against Texas A&M with two home runs.

Play begins on Thursday.

“We knew this was going to be a tough series for us with A&M,” Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts said. “To win the way we did gave us a lot of confidence. I feel like we've definitely gotten stronger as the season has gone on. ... We're stronger playing collectively and getting the offense and defense to work together.”

EXTRA BASES

*In its five postseason games, Oklahoma has won four by run-rule, outscoring their opponents 59-8.

*Pendley had five RBIs on Saturday. Her 73 RBIs rank third-most in Big 12 single-season history.

BY THE NUMBERS

7: Strikeouts Keilani Ricketts had Saturday against Texas A&M.

20: Two-game total of strikeouts hurled by Ricketts during Oklahoma's Super Regional.

311: Total strikeouts by Ricketts this season. That ranks fifth all-time in OU single-season history.

457: The single-season strikeout record, owned by Ricketts.

QUOTABLES

Texas A&M coach Jo Evans on Oklahoma's hitting depth: “You've got Pendley who didn't really hurt us yesterday and comes back today and breaks our backs.”

Ricketts on how the devastation of the Moore tornado is affecting her team: “Usually we say that we're playing for the name on the front of our jersey. That name has a different meaning to it now.”


by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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