Iowa State Falls to No. 3 Oklahoma, 10-0
AMES, Iowa – Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts was dominant as the No. 3 Sooners (43-8, 17-5 Big 12) knocked off Iowa State (14-37, 2-20 Big 12) 10-0 Friday afternoon at the Southwest Athletic Complex.
Ricketts was motoring through the Cyclones, retiring the first 16 batters he faced. Kayla Hardiman broke up the perfect game in the bottom of the sixth with a line drive into the gap in right-center field. Ricketts (27-7) took the win, pitching a complete game, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out nine.
Behind the plate, Hardiman showed some prowess with her arm, ending the second and fourth innings catching Sooners trying to swipe second base. Hardiman caught Brianna Turang to end the second and pinch runner Jessica Vest to end the top of the fourth.
Iowa State tried to get run on the board in the seventh as Sara Davison reached base after being hit by a pitch, Tori Torrescano walked and Dalyn Varela singled to center to load the bases with one out. However, Ricketts was able to close out the game, striking out Sara Rice and forcing Jorden Smith into a grounder to short.
The Sooners posted the first runs of the game in the top of the third. Torrescano started recorded the first two outs before Destinee Martinez was able to thread a single through the infield that brought up Lauren Chamberlain. Torrescano got ahead in the count, 1-2, before Chamberlain took the next pitch over the right field wall to put the Sooners ahead 2-0. It was Chamberlain’s Big 12-leading 23rd home run of the season.
OU added a third run later in the inning as the Cyclones walked Ricketts and in the next at bat, Georgia Casey hit a high fly ball that landed between Cyclone fielders, allowing Ricketts to make it all the way home, sending Casey to second and Oklahoma to a 3-0 advantage.
Oklahoma added a fourth run in the top of the fifth as Javen Henson took a Torrescano 2-0 pitch over the right-center field wall to give the Sooners a 4-0 lead. Ricketts posted a two-out double before Casey added OU’s third homer of the game with a first-pitch blast safely over the right field wall to make the Oklahoma advantage 6-0.
The Sooners posted four more runs in the top of the seventh as Jessica Shults hit a grand slam to up the OU advantage to 10-0.
Torrescano (8-26) took the loss, pitching a complete game seven innings allowing 11 hits and striking out three.
The second game of the series is tomorrow at 2 p.m. CST. Prior to tomorrow’s game, Iowa State seniors Lauren Kennewell and Dalyn Varela will be honored.