Oklahoma softball: Sooners win national championship

Keilani Ricketts drove in all four runs as OU beat Tennessee 4-0 to sweep the WCWS finals.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: June 4, 2013

A year after she watched a national title slip away in the final game with the ball in her hand, Ricketts didn't throw a single pitch — and she was fine with it. In fact, she encouraged it.

“We had a long night,” Ricketts said. “They saw a lot of me. She was fresh. It's just cool to see her be able to get the out and get the win.”

Ricketts took the finals series to a level of her own, recording 12 strikeouts in a 188-pitch, extra-innings victory Monday and driving in all four runs on Tuesday, including her 15th home run of the season that sailed quickly into the right-field stands.

In the seventh inning, with Lauren Chamberlain on third, Ricketts struck again. This time Ricketts' ball stayed in the infield and was an easy unassisted out for the first baseman, but it allowed Chamberlain to cross the plate.

Gasso thought one of the best parts of the game was that her No. 1 pitcher built the lead with her bat for her No. 2 pitcher standing in the circle. The two pitchers worked together to bring it all home.

“I definitely felt at times that I've been overlooked, but I know my teammates and my coaches don't overlook me,” Gascoigne said. “That's all that's important. They hate hitting off me at practice and they make sure I know it.

“It's been hard at times and I've had some moments where I've been like, ‘What's not good enough?”, but it's all worth it for this. Everything's worth it for this.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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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