NCAA Softball Pac-10 Round-Up: May 27, 2010
May 27, 2010
-Courtesy of gohuskies.com-
SEATTLE - Oklahoma used five homers - including three from second baseman Amber Flores - and freshman Keilani Ricketts threw a two-hitter as the Sooners shocked No. 1-ranked Washington, 6-1, in the first game of the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional Thursday night at Husky Softball Stadium.
The Sooners, seeded No. 14 in the NCAA Tournament and ranked No. 11 in the NFCA poll, handed Husky ace Danielle Lawrie her roughest outing of the year, as the reigning National Player of the Year hadn't allowed more than four runs in a game this season.
The Huskies, the tournament's No. 3 seed, must now win two games Friday to advance to the Women's College World Series next week in Oklahoma City.
Washington dropped to 48-7 on the season with the loss while the Sooners, who won their 15th in a row, improved to 47-10.
Flores, a senior from Calexico, Calif., broke the Oklahoma school record with three homers. All three were solo shots and she now has 15 on the year.
Ricketts (32-8), a freshman from San Jose, Calif., finished the game having allowed just two singles and an unearned run while walking three and fanning nine.
Lawrie, who had never allowed more than two homers in a game in her Husky career, fell to 38-3 with the loss. She allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings, walking one and striking out five.
Oklahoma took the lead in the first when Flores quieted the standing-room crowd of 1,662 with a long, one-out solo homer to left field. The homer marked the first time that the Huskies had trailed in the postseason this year.
The Sooners added to the lead in the first when Lindsay Vandever singled, stole second and scored when the throw to second base sailed wide and into center field, allowing her to score, ending the first half-inning with the visitors on top, 2-0.
In the third, Flores came through again for the Sooners, belting her second solo homer of the night, once again to left, increasing the advantage to 3-0.
The Huskies were shut down in order in each of the first three innings before mounting their first threat in the fourth. After a one-out single from Jenn Salling, Lawrie drew a walk. A groundout moved the runners to second and third, but Ricketts fanned Niki Williams to end the inning with Oklahoma still on top, 3-0.
The Sooners were back to their longball ways in the top of the fifth when third baseman Danni Dobbs led off the inning with a solo homer down the left-field line, her fourth of the season, and then, after an out, Flores went the other way, launching her third round-tripper of the night to right-center field. Jessica Shults then followed that, going back-to-back with her 15th homer of the season - the third Sooner home run of the inning, to stretch the lead to 6-0.
Washington battled in the seventh to post a run as Taylor Smith delivered a two-out, RBI single. Additionally, reliever Baily Harris notched two scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit.
The Huskies and Sooners go at it again Friday night at 5:30 p.m. PT at Husky Softball Stadium. Should the Huskies win that game, a deciding third game would be played Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. The first of those two games will air live on ESPNU and KKNW AM-1150 and the second, if necessary, would be shown on ESPN2 and also would be carried by KKNW.
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