Dallas Colleges: College softball

Sooners advance to Women's College World Series finals

June, 3, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Katie Norris homered, Keilani Ricketts struck out 13 and Oklahoma advanced to the Women's College World Series finals by beating defending champion Arizona State, 5-3, on Sunday.

The fourth-seeded Sooners (53-8) struck for four runs in the third inning against Dallas Escobedo (24-8) to take control. Ricketts had an RBI single to tie it at 2 and Jessica Shults followed with a two-run double that nicked off of right-fielder Alix Johnson's glove as she stretched out to catch it.

Shults then came in to score when third baseman Haley Steele lost Norris' potential inning-ending popup and let it fall.

Annie Lockwood had a two-run double off of Ricketts (36-7) in the first, but Ricketts was able to limit Arizona State (53-11) to three runs despite giving up eight hits and four walks.

Oklahoma will face Alabama in the best-of-three championship series.

Oklahoma pitcher nears K's record

June, 1, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY -- National player of the year Keilani Ricketts struck out 16 batters in a two-hit shutout, Georgia Casey homered, and Oklahoma beat top-seeded California 3-0 on Friday night in the winners' bracket at the Women's College World Series

Lauren Chamberlain drove in the first two runs with a double in the third inning and a single in the fourth. Casey's drive to straightaway center for Oklahoma's NCAA-best 97th home run of the season made it 3-0 in the sixth inning.

Ricketts (35-7) dazzled with a sharp fastball and a biting changeup, keeping the Golden Bears (57-6) off balance throughout the night. She finished two strikeouts shy of U.S. Olympian Cat Osterman's World Series record of 18 strikeouts in a seven-inning game in 2006.

The fourth-seeded Sooners (52-8) are off until Sunday, needing one more win to reach the finals. California will face an elimination game Saturday.

The Bears' best scoring chance came in the sixth, when Jamia Reid started the inning by reaching on a grounder to third when Chamberlain dropped the throw at first base. The Sooners opted to walk Valerie Arioto, a national player of the year finalist, to bring the tying run to the plate. Reid stole third on the final pitch of Arioto's walk, and Arioto swiped second moments later.

Ricketts then struck out Frani Echavarria swinging and Jace Williams looking to end the inning.

Williams had one of the Bears' only two hits on a chopper to third with one out in the second. Victoria Jones, who put the ball in play in all three of her at-bats, singled to left with two outs in the seventh.

Ricketts struck out the side in the first, third and fourth innings and tied her season high for strikeouts.

Oregon rallies, eliminates Texas softball

May, 27, 2012

Oregon defeats Texas twice Saturday to advance to the Women's College World Series.

Softball: Oklahoma advances to WCWS

May, 27, 2012
Keilani Ricketts made a strong case to be named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year on Saturday. The Oklahoma pitcher was outstanding for the second straight game leading the Sooners to a 7-1 win over Arizona to sweep the Norman Super Regional at Marita Hynes Field.

Oklahoma advanced to the Women's College World Series with the victory and recorded its second straight Super Regional win over the Wildcats to make its seventh appearance in the WCWS.

Read more about Oklahoma's win at SoonerNation.

Texas softball prepares for super regionals

May, 24, 2012

Cole Wright and Stacey Nuveman-Deiz preview Texas' game against Oregon in the NCAA softball super regionals.

Texas softball advances to Super Regionals

May, 20, 2012

Texas beats Northwestern in two games to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Texas State's Chandler Hall held Sam Houston State without a hit in the Southland Conference softball championship Sunday. The win sends the Bobcats to their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.