The Oklahoma Softball team continued their season opening streak of dominance sweeping their competition this weekend out in San Diego at the Campbell/Cartier Classic. The Sooners won all five games and pushed their record to 10-0 on the season.
Game 1 - Oklahoma 7 vs. UC Riverside 0
Michelle Gascoigne was dominant in the circle striking out 16 batters in her complete game shutout performance. The Oklahoma offense, powered by home runs from Lauren Chamberlain (her fifth) and Keilani Ricketts (her second), was more than enough to carry OU in the game.
Game 2 - Oklahoma 4 vs. San Diego State 0
Ricketts was almost as dominant as Gascoigne in Oklahoma's second game on Friday matching her with a complete game shutout as well as nine strikeouts of her own. Shelby Pendley and Erin Miller both had RBI doubles which was again more than enough offense behind a dominating pitching performance.
Game 3 - Oklahoma 11 vs. Kentucky 0
This one only went five innings with the OU offense tallying enough to enact the run-rule. Jessica Shults was the star in this one hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning and tying the Big 12's career home run record (56). She finished the game 2-4 with five RBIs and a run scored.
Game 4 - Oklahoma 2 vs. Washington 0
It what was expected to be the Sooners toughest match-up in this tournament with Washington being a perennial Pac 12 title contender. Gascoigne was dominant once again going the distance while striking out ten. It was Oklahoma's fourth consecutive shutout and with an offense like the one they have pitching like this almost doesn't even seem fair. Chamberlain would provide all the necessary offense with her sixth home run on the early season.
Game 5 - Oklahoma 7 vs. Notre Dame 5
The Sooners got their first tough test on the season as Notre Dame held a one run lead going into the seventh only to see OU tie it up and send it to extra innings. In the top of the ninth inning, the Oklahoma offense stepped up plating four runs. To their credit, the Irish mounted a rally of their own in the bottom half of the inning scoring two before their comeback fell short. Georgia Casey was the star in this one with a perfect day at the plate and driving in five of OU's seven runs.