The consensus No. 1 Oklahoma softball team continued their reign of terror this weekend with a sweep of a quality Baylor team. The Lady Bears came in ranked in the Top 20 and like so many others teams this year, left Norman without a victory. This Oklahoma team has faced more ranked opponents than any other team in the country and their record in those games is an impressive 14-2. Adding to the ridiculousness of the season this team is having, in those same games against Top 25 opponents Oklahoma has outscored them 99-17.
Back to this past weekend, the Sooners got things started Friday night with a 8-3 win behind Keilani Ricketts who went five and two thirds before giving way to Michelle Gascoigne. Oklahoma put up two runs in the second to take an early lead, but it was short lived when Baylor came right back in their half of the third to tie it at 2-2. The game would remain tied until the fifth when the Oklahoma offense did what it does and put up a crooked number, tallying five runs to take a commanding 7-2 lead. The two teams would trade runs in the sixth before Gascoigne would close things out in the seventh.
Saturday afternoon the Sooners would face some adversity early falling behind by three runs in the first two innings. Despite being a modest three runs, it was actually the biggest deficit this team had faced all season. Which should be a pretty good clue as to just how good they've been. Baylor would soon learn that with this Oklahoma lineup no lead is safe. The Sooners would explode for five runs in the third and another four in the fifth, meanwhile Baylor would not score again in game. Oklahoma would go on to cruise to a 9-3 victory.
Oklahoma entered Sunday's game with a sweep in mind and with the intention of making history for their superstar ace, Keilani Ricketts. Coming into the day, Ricketts was tied for the school's career wins record with 115. Ricketts would go the distance in this run-shortened ball game to record her record breaking 116th career win. The OU offense was powered by home runs from Shelby Pendley (her 10th) and Lauren Chamberlain (her 18th). In yet another ridiculous stat for this team, following her blast Sunday Chamberlain now has 48 career home runs. Which ties her for the third most in OU history and also tied for fifth in Big 12 history. Oh and by the way, Chamberlain is a sophomore.
This team is scary talented both in the circle, with two dominant starters in Ricketts and Gascoigne, and at the plate, with a murder's row of a batting lineup. We are witnessing what could be an incredibly special season, so if you haven't yet get out and see this team before it's too late.
The Sooners return to action Wednesday for a home game against North Texas before heading down to Lubbock for a three game set against Texas Tech.