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OU Softball Advances To Play For National Championship With 5-3 Win Over Arizona State

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It's hard not to think this Oklahoma Softball team has that little extra something special where this could be their year. The Sooners defeated the #3 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils 5-3 Sunday afternoon to remain perfect thus far in the Women's College World Series and with the win advance to the championship series.

In an odd turn of events, ASU got to OU ace Keilani Ricketts early in the first inning, plating the first two earned runs against Ricketts in this World Series. The Sooner bats however would pick up their teammate getting one back in the second on a solo home run from senior Katie Norris before blowing the game open with four in the bottom half of the third.

Ricketts would help her own cause with a bloop RBI single to tie the game and the very next batter, Jessica Shults, would then line a two out double to right off the ASU outfielder's glove to drive in two more Sooners. The fourth run in the inning and fifth of the game for Oklahoma was a result of a little Sooner Magic (or just the sun) when the ASU third baseman lost an infield pop fly in the sun allowing Shults to score.

After that, Ricketts would allow one more run but for all intents and purposes shut things down for the Sun Devils. What is all the more impressive is that while Ricketts was very good, she wasn't lights out like she had been in the previous two games and yet it was still enough to beat the No. 3 team in the country and the defending national champions.

The Sooners opponent in the championship series is not known at the time of this post (Ed. note - OU will play Alabama who advanced by beating Cal), but the series will start Monday night at 7 p.m. CST on ESPN2. Oklahoma will be looking for their first national championship since 2000.