The nation’s top-ranked team and the No. 1 overall seed in this year’s NCAA Softball Championship, the Oklahoma Sooners, is headed to the College World Series follwing an 8-0 win on Saturday over Texas A&M in the super-regional round, completing a two-game sweep of the Lady Aggies.
The Big 12 champion Sooners are 52-4 in 2013, their ninth consecutive year with 50 or more wins. Coach Patty Gaso’s team will be making their eighth appearance in the WCWS, which is played in OU’s backyard in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma ace starter, senior Keilani Ricketts, won her 31st game of the season, pitching her 16th shutout of the season, which also includes five no-hit games. Ricketts struck out seven, allowed only three hits, and didn’t give up a walk, in the five-inning win over Texas A&M. Ricketts also was the winning pitcher in a 10-2 OU victory on Friday night. She struck out 20 batters in the two games combined.
Sophomore third baseman Shellby Pendley belted two home runs, accounting for five of the Sooners’ eight runs on Saturday.
The Texas Longhorns, who finished second behind Oklahoma in the Big 12 standings this season, also were on the verge on Sunday of advancing to the College World Series. The Lady Longhorns won the opening game of their super regional in Austin, edging Florida State 3-2 on Saturday in a game that was postponed from Friday because of rain.
If the Longhorns win on Sunday, they will be on their way to the WCWS as the second Big 12 team this season. It would be Texas’ fifth WCWS appearance.