Top-ranked Oklahoma punched a ticket to its third straight Women’s College World Series with a 8-0 victory over Texas A&M Saturday. The Sooners will be looking to win their second WCWS crown, after claiming the title in 2000.
Since the first season of Big 12 softball in 1996, the Conference has been represented in every year but 1996, ‘97 and ‘99 in the Women’s College World Series. The league has sent at least one team to the WCWS every year since 2000, with three teams advancing in 1998 and two each in 2002, ‘03, ‘07. Last year, Oklahoma advanced to the final series.
OU moved to 52-4 on the year, its ninth season with at least 50 wins, as it swept Texas A&M in the Super Regional to advance to the WCWS for the eighth time in school history.
Senior Keilani Ricketts threw her 16th shutout of the season and sophomore Shelby Pendley belted two home runs as the Sooners rolled to an 8-0, five-inning win over the 16th-seeded Aggies.
Ricketts secured the win and improved her record to 31-1. She struck out seven, allowed just three hits and didn’t walk a batter. In the two-game sweep, Ricketts was 2-0 with a 1.27 earned run average, struck out 20 and walked just one batter in 11.0 innings of work. The win was No. 129 of Ricketts’ career, tying Hofstra’s Olivia Galati for 10th most in NCAA Division I history.
The Texas Longhorns were also victorious on Saturday, picking up a 3-2 win over Florida State in game one of the Austin Super Regional. The game, which was originally scheduled for Friday night, was postponed twice due to inclement weather.
The Longhorns will try to finish off a sweep of the Seminoles and advance to the WCWS as game two is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. If necessary, the third and decisive game three will be begin at 5 p.m.
The WCWS begins May 30 with a double-elimination tournament, and the finals consisting of a best-of-three-series.