Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts throws no-hitter in College World Series
A select few pitchers have thrown a no-hitter in their careers, but University of Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts' recent accomplishment is especially impressive. The two-time Collegiate Softball Player of the Year tossed a no-hitter against the University of Michigan in the Women's College World Series to help the Sooners advance, The Associated Press reports.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for Ricketts. Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the third inning after an Oklahoma error lead to a run. It wasn't long before the Sooners took the lead, however, and Ricketts credits that early mis-step to her and her teammates' dominating performance for the rest of the game.
"Once Michigan scored, that kind of woke us up a little," she told the AP. "We knew they would be scoring runs. They had been scoring runs all year long against everyone. We knew we had to respond."
Ricketts is not the only pitcher in college softball to hurl a no-hitter in recent weeks. Blaire Luna, a senior for the University of Texas, pitched one in helping the Longhorns beat Florida State and advance to their fifth trip to the College World Series, according to The Daily Texan.