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WCWS: Keilani Ricketts throws no-hitter as OU wins opener vs. Michigan

Sooner star strikes out 12, OU will play Texas at 8:30 p.m. Friday in second round.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: May 30, 2013

It's been six years since a no-hitter was thrown in the Women's College World Series.

Top-ranked Oklahoma opened its WCWS campaign for its first national title since 2000 with a 7-1 victory overMichiganon Thursday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.

Now, the Red River Rivalry comes to Oklahoma City. The Sooners will face the Texas Longhorns at 8:30 p.m. on Friday with more than bragging rights at stake. The winner will be 2-0 in the WCWS.

“It's going to be a fun game,” said OU's Lauren Chamberlain, who had a two-run homer Thursday night.

OU coach Patty Gasso said: “We're excited.”

On Thursday, the Sooners enjoyed a one run, no-hitter from Ricketts, the National Player of the Year and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year. It was Ricketts' sixth no-no of the season and seventh in a stellar career.

Ricketts stumped the Wolverines, throwing multiple batters out on three straight strikes. She struck out 12 batters.

The last WCWS no-hitters came in 2007, when they were pitched on the same day, by Tennessee's Monica Abbott and Washington's Danielle Lawrie.

The Sooners did damage from the batter's box, too. The bats sent balls sailing, although it took a while.

In the top of the third, Arizona transfer Shelby Pendley looked a bit shell-shocked at the big stage. She made an errant throw to the far right of first baseman Lauren Chamberlain on what should have been a routine out. That allowed the Wolverine's Sierra Lawrence to make it to second base.

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