Oklahoma beats Tennessee to capture second Women's College World Series title
Days after their star pitcher hurled a no-hitter, the University of Oklahoma softball team captured its second Women's College World Series championship. The Sooners downed Tennessee 4-0 to complete the two-game sweep and make up for falling just short of the title last year when they lost to Alabama.
Fittingly, it was two-time player of the year Keilani Ricketts who led the Sooners to victory. The star pitcher - who led the way from the mound in game one - drove in all four of her team's runs - three of them coming on a clutch third-inning homerun that gave Oklahoma the lead for good. For added measure, pitcher Michelle Gascoigne limited the Volunteers to just three hits. The victory was particularly sweet given how close the Sooners came last season.
"After last year's national championship game, it definitely gave us one of the most painful feelings I'm sure all of us have ever felt," Ricketts told The Associated Press. "That just gave us so much drive and determination to get back to this moment."
The last time Oklahoma came back to Norman with the title was in 2000 when they defeated UCLA 3-1 to take the championship.