Sooners capture series victory over Texas

NORMAN, Okla. — The No. 4 Sooners are now a victory away from guaranteeing at least a share of the Big 12 Title, as they knocked off the eighth ranked Texas Longhorns 9-3 Saturday afternoon to take the series.

"The win was absolutely huge, and the goal here is to get the sweep," said OU head coach Patty Gasso. "I mean, we got the series, great. But it's about getting the sweep and we definitely are going after that."

They went after this one hard today.

Trailing 2-0 yet again, OU put together a six-run third inning to take command.

Right fielder Erica Sampson ripped an RBI single to get OU on the board, and then an error, hit by pitch and walk allowed OU to capture a 3-2 lead.

That set the stage for the big blast of the game, a bases-clearing double off the bat of designated player Keilani Ricketts to extend the advantage to 6-2.

"I was just fired up," Ricketts said. "You know, these are really big games for us this weekend. Just we really wanted to get that Big 12 Title, and I think it just shows with the way we're playing right now."

She struck again, recording her fourth and fifth RBIs of the contest when she smashed a line drive over the left field wall in the fifth.

"Yeah, we know that Texas is a team that fights back," Ricketts said. "They've come back in a lot of wins this past season, so we knew we just had to keep going at them. We couldn't get complacent with our win."

Catcher Jessica Shults did her part, putting one over the right field wall a batter later to make it 9-2.

OU's pitching did the rest, shutting down the Longhorn offense after it scored two runs in the second, despite allowing 10 hits.

Those came on back-to-back home runs as well, solo shots by right fielder Courtney Craig and first baseman Karina Scott.

Texas managed to add one in the seventh, but it was a meaningless run on an error.

OU improves to 42-7 on the season and 16-4 in Big 12 Conference play, 2 1/2 games ahead of second place Missouri.

The Sooners and Longhorns conclude the series at 12 p.m. Sunday.

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