Missouri Defeats Oklahoma In Big 12 Contest At WCWS
Courtesy: Associated Press
          Release: 06/04/2011
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Chelsea Thomas tied the school record for most wins in a season, and Missouri knocked Oklahoma out of the Women's College World Series with a 4-1 victory on Saturday.

Missouri (53-9) is 1-1 in the WCWS and advanced to play Florida (53-11) in another elimination game Saturday night. Missouri is 2-11 in the WCWS in six appearances and 1-5 under head coach Ehren Earleywine. Nicole Hudson and Catherine Lee both had two hits for the Tigers.

Oklahoma (43-19) was the second team eliminated from the WCWS. The Sooners, who made their sixth appearance and first since 2004, are 7-10 overall in the tournament.

Thomas allowed only six hits in her 32nd win, which tied Theresa Wilson (1981) for the Missouri record. It was the third time Thomas beat Oklahoma this season, but the first that didn't require extra innings.

Thomas, Wilson and Barb Wright are the only pitchers in Missouri history to win at least 30 games in a season.

Missouri capitalized on four Oklahoma errors to score three of its four runs. In hurling her 30th complete game of the season, Thomas walked two and struck out six in a 91-pitch effort.

Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts (29-15), who took her second WCWS loss, allowed one earned run and six hits. She pitched to a new catcher, regular third baseman Dani Dobbs, who took the place of injured Katie Norris (elbow sprain). Norris had been catching in place of Jessica Schults, who had been sidelined because of ulcerative colitis.

Dobbs homered to left field in the seventh inning for Oklahoma's only run. It was Dobbs' ninth homer of the season and her 36th RBI. Second baseman Brianne Turang had a pair of singles and was the only Oklahoma player with more than one hit.

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