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May 12, 2013

Ricketts' no-hitter helps OU get No. 1 seed

STILLWATER, Okla. — Keilani Ricketts was almost perfect in her last regular season game as an Oklahoma Sooner.

Ricketts threw her fifth no-hitter of the season, while striking out seven and not walking a batter in shutting out arch-rival Oklahoma State 5-0 Sunday.

The only thing that kept Ricketts from perfection was hitting Gessenia DeLaCruz with a pitch in the third inning. Her teammates played errorless defense behind her.

The win finished off a sweep of the Cowgirls for the No. 1-ranked Sooners, who now are 47-4 overall and 15-2 in the Big 12. OSU dropped to 30-26 and 6-12.

Lauren Chamberlain hit her 24th and 25th homers of the season for the Sooners. She was 2-for-2 with four RBI. She scored three runs.

Shelby Pendley was 2-for-4, including an RBI single and a triple.

Take away those two hitters and Cowgirls starter Kat Espinoza was fairly effective. She allowed only six hits and struck out five, while walking three.

Chamberlain, who had 30 homers as a freshman, owns the top two single-season home run performances in Big 12 history. She is only the third player in Division I history to have multiple seasons with at least 25 home runs.

OU gave Ricketts all the support she would need with two runs in the third. Brianna Turang singled and came home when Chamberlain hit a pitch over the left field fence.

The Sooners made it 3-0 in the fifth when Chamberlain walked and scored after singles by Georgia Casey and Pendley, who drove in her 64th run of the season.

Chamberlain had a two-run homer in the fifth scoring Jevon Henson, who was hit by a pitch, ahead of her.

OU top seed for NCAA, to host regional

OU was announced as the No. 1 seed for the NCAA championships Sunday night.

The Sooners will host a regional beginning Friday in Norman.

OU (47-4) will face Marist (30-24) in the first round. Fordham (35-21) will play Arkansas (34-18).

OSU did not receive a bid.

Tulsa (42-14) is headed to the Lincoln Regional where the Golden Hurricane will play Stanford (37-19). UNI (26-24) plays Nebraska (40-13) in the other game.

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