No. 1 Oklahoma Clinches Series With 6-0 Shutout of Texas Tech|
April 13, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Keilani Ricketts connected on a pair of home runs and Michelle Gascoigne tossed a four-hit shutout to push No. 1 Oklahoma to a 6-0 series-clinching victory over Texas Tech Saturday afternoon at Rocky Johnson Field.
The shutout was the fourth-straight thrown against the Red Raiders (27-18; 1-7), who head into Sunday's series finale reeling from seven-consecutive losses, five of which that have come at home.
Gascoigne (15-1) struck out eight while allowing just four hits and a walk in her seventh shutout already this year. She retired the first five hitters in order before a Katelyn Williams double with two outs in the second inning.
Williams finished 3-for-3 at the plate as she also led off the fifth inning with another double before notching an infield single in the seventh. It was the third time in her career where Williams totaled three hits and the second time to ever have two doubles in a game.
Despite Williams' solid performance at the plate, Tech was unable to break up its scoreless streak as the Red Raiders stranded six total runners in the game. Tech put runners on the corners with no outs in both the fifth and seventh innings but Gascoigne came back to end both via strikeout.
Tech starter Cara Custer was able to keep the potent Oklahoma offense off the board until the fourth when Ricketts unloaded a solo home run the opposite direction to left field.
Ricketts, who has three home runs now in the series, helped break the game open for Oklahoma an inning later as she followed a Lauren Chamberlain two-run homer with a two-run shot of her own off reliever Brittany Talley. Ricketts finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI.
Custer (12-10) took the loss for the second-straight day as she allowed four runs off seven hits and three walks. Talley worked the final 2.2 innings in relief where she surrendered two runs, one of which was earned, off four hits and three strikeouts.
The two teams will close the series with a 12 p.m. first pitch Sunday afternoon. Tech fans should arrive at Rocky Johnson Field early as football coach Kliff Kingsbury will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.