There was no stopping Keilani Ricketts Monday night.
The Oklahoma ace and USA Softball Player of the Year dominated Game 1 of the Women's College World Series championship finals, allowing just one run on five hits while striking out 12 en route to a 4-1 win over Alabama.
The Sooners (54-8) are 9-0 in the post-season and are just one game away from clinching the title.
Ricketts (37-7) was controlled in the circle and dangerous offensively, adding a hit, a run and a stolen base in the bottom of the sixth.
The Crimson Tide (58-8) was out of rhythm and not as strong in the circle. Pitcher Jackie Traina (40-3) took her first loss since May 4, allowing four runs—two earned—on 11 hits while walking six.
Alabama got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth when Kendall Dawson's sacrifice fly to right field brought Traina home from third.
But the Sooners rallied in the fifth. Ricketts had a monster double to center field that set up the first run and the second came off a fielder's choice. OU went on to score two more runs in the sixth, the fourth and final one being a squeeze play by Ricketts.
In front of a rowdy, Sooner-heavy crowd of 8,197, OU outhit Alabama 11-5.
The Tide will get a shot at redemption in game two Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
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