Phoenix staff, wire report
OKLAHOMA CITY — Keilani Ricketts struck out 12 and scattered three hits as Oklahoma punched its ticket to a second straight Women’s College World Series final, beating Washington 6-2 on Sunday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Lauren Chamberlain and Ricketts homered in a three-run third and the Sooners added solo runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings. Ricketts had two of OU’s eight hits.
Of 107 pitches, Ricketts fired 76 strikes.
“I just feel like I’m so relaxed out there because my team is relaxed out there., They give me confidence,” said Ricketts, who no-hit Michigan in the first round of the tournament.
Georgia Casey also drove in a run in the sixth with a single. Casey matched Ricketts at the plate, going 2-for-3.
Oklahoma (55-4) will meet a Southeastern Conference team again in the championship. This time, it’s Tennessee (52-10) in the best-of-three championship series beginning tonight (7 p.m., ESPN2). The Sooners lost to Alabama in last year’s final.
Washington ends its season at 45-16.
Lauren Gibson hit a solo home run in the first inning, the Renfroe sisters combined on a five-hitter and the Lady Vols reached the finals in an earlier game on Sunday.
Ivy Renfroe (22-4), who got the start and threw 4 2-3 scoreless innings. Ellen Renfroe got her sister out of a jam in the fifth.
While the Lady Vols were playing with a pair of aces, the Longhorns didn’t have the same luxury. NCAA strikeout leader Blaire Luna (31-7) fanned 12 in her second complete game of the day for fourth-seeded Texas (51-10). She struck out 14 in a one-hit shutout of Florida earlier in the day and lost control late after throwing a three-hitter against Tennessee.
Luna threw 288 pitches on the day, and five of her eight walks came in the final two innings. Tennessee scored its second run in the sixth inning, when Luna hit Cheyanne Tarango with a pitch and issued three walks.