No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners impressive in Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Written by Bob on February 25th, 2013

Oklahoma Sooners Keilani Ricketts won three games in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic to improve to 7-0. Photo By BOB OTTO

CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIF – The 35 team 10th Annual Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic wrapped up play on Sunday, and one fact remains intact: the Oklahoma Sooners are tough to beat.

The No. 1 ranked NCAA Division I Sooners swept through their five games at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City by allowing just two runs, while punishing some of collegiate softball’s best pitching for 23 runs to keep their early season record perfect at 15-0. See Sooner Results in Mary Nutter Classic

Oklahoma’s started the tournament on Thursday with back-to-back 5-0 shutouts over No. 16 Georgia and No. 19 Arizona. Only unranked UC Santa Barbara scored runs off hard-throwing, left-handers Michelle Gascoigne and Keilani Ricketts.

In Friday’s matchup, Santa Barbara’s Shelby Wisdom (1 for 2) doubled to centerfield in the third inning, driving in two runs to close the final gap to 5-2. But that was it, as Gascoigne (7-0), who started and went 4.2 innings, and Ricketts with 2.1 innings, didn’t allow a hit over the final four innings. Brittany Williams led the Sooner offense, going 3 for 3 with two RBIs.

Sooners’ Brianna Turang races down the first base line after slapping the ball to the left side against Georgia in a 5-0 victory. Photo By BOB OTTO

The Nebraska Cornhuskers proved Oklahoma’s biggest challenge, by holding the Sooners scoreless through six innings. But in the seventh, Jessica Shults (1 for 3) singled to drive in two runs for the win. Ricketts went the distance allowing three hits, along with eight strikeouts and a walk. Nebraska’s Tatum Edwards took the loss, but pitched well, allowing the two runs on two hits and nine walks.

The Sooners finished the Classic by topping No. 23 Florida State 6-0 on Saturday. Ricketts the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, (7-0) went the distance, firing a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts, and one walk.

Meanwhile, the Sooners picked up eight hits led by Shelby Pendley, who was 3 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. Lauren Chamberlain, Shults, Brittany Williams, and Destinee Martinez each drove in a run to help send the Sooners back to Norman undefeated in their third tournament of the year.
Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso makes it known in the third base coaching box that Sooners runner, Lauren Chamberlain is safe. Photo By BOB OTTO

Oklahoma began their western trip by going 5-0 in the Kajikawa Classic in Phoenix, Ariz., Feb. 8-10, and 5-0 in the Campbell / Cartier Classic in San Diego, Feb. 15-17.

Oklahoma returns to action by hosting Nebraska and Houston in the Spring Preview Tournament, Mar. 6-9 in Norman and Oklahoma City.

To follow the Sooners, visit their website at: Oklahoma Sooners Softball

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