OU softball: Ricketts strikes out 14 in win against Houston
The No. 1 Oklahoma softball team was victorious in its home opener at Marita Hynes Field, defeating the Houston Cougars, 6-0, on Friday.
Key Stat: 14 — Senior Keilani Ricketts fanned 14 Houston batters in the win. The All-American now has accumulated 94 strikeouts this season. The Cougar offense was not prepared to face the hard-throwing lefty.
Key Player: Brittany Williams — The junior left fielder sparked the Sooner offense with a two-out, two-run single in the third inning. Up until that point, the Oklahoma offense had been struggling to produce. Williams’ hit started a trend that ended with the Sooners scoring four runs on five hits in the inning.
What it means: The Sooners (16-0) continued their undefeated season following their pitching's lead. Oklahoma now has shut out 11 opponents in its first 16 contests.
What’s next for the Sooners: OU returns to action against No. 25 Nebraska for a double-header beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Norman. The second game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.