No. 1 Oklahoma Opens Series With 9-0 Victory Over Texas Tech|
April 12, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Keilani Ricketts tossed her third no-hitter of the season to lead No. 1 Oklahoma to a 9-0 run-rule victory over Texas Tech Friday evening in the series opener at Rocky Johnson Field.
The left-hander struck out eight en route to delivering Tech (27-18; 1-6) its sixth-straight loss and its fourth-straight at home in what was the Red Raiders' first-ever game to host the top-ranked team in the nation.
The Red Raiders were able to put four runners on base via the walk - two of which from Mikey Kenney - but managed to get in scoring position just once off Ricketts, who shutout the Red Raiders for the second time in her career.
The no-hitter was the second-straight one thrown against the Red Raiders, who were also held hitless over seven innings last Sunday in the series finale against Kansas. It was also the third-straight time Tech had been shut out, its longest streak without a run since going three-straight games from March 6-8, 2009.
The Oklahoma bats, meanwhile, gave Ricketts plenty of room to work as the Sooners exploded for four runs in the first and then added another five in the sixth to secure the run-rule. The Sooners finished with 15 hits, the most against the Tech pitching staff this year.
Shelby Pendley and Lauren Chamberlain led the Sooners with 3-for-4 days at the plate that included five RBI between the two along with three home runs. Destinee Martinez also went 2-for-3 with a RBI as well.
Pendley helped ignite the Sooners in the first as she followed a Georgia Casey RBI single with a two-run shot to left center. She also followed Chamberlain's two-run homer in the sixth with a solo home run to straight-away center field.
Talley went 3.2 innings of relief, giving up three runs off six hits. She was one of three relievers for the Red Raiders as Gretchen Aucoin also tossed two full innings while Shannon Carrico went one-third of an inning to close out the sixth.
The two teams will continue the series with a 4 p.m. first pitch Saturday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.