WCWS: Sooners win opener over Washington, 6-2

Oklahoma pitcher Kami Keiter, left, and catcher Heather Scaglione celebrate after the Sooners 6-2 first round win over Washington in the first round of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Sooners will now play California in a second round matchup Friday evening at 6 p.m. (AP Photo/Jackson Laizure)

OKLAHOMA CITY — So far, so good for the Oklahoma women's softball team after round one of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

The Sooners (45-20-1) took advantage of two Washington's (40-18) errors in the first inning and held on for a 6-2 first round win over the Huskies Thursday night in Oklahoma City.

The Sooners, who are making their fifth-straight WCWS appearance, gave up one run in the top of the first but responded with four unearned runs to take the lead for good and never look back.

After a slow start in the first, OU pitcher Kami Keiter settled down and allowed only one run over the next six innings.

Centerfielder Kristen Veesley gave the Sooners some cushion in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run double that pushed the lead to 6-2.

Keiter, who improved to 22-13 with the win, threw her 29th complete game of the season while giving up eight hits and striking out five Huskies.

The Sooners will play California (47-11) in a nationaly televised second round game on ESPN2 Friday at 6 p.m. The Bears, who have beaten the Sooners in their last two meetings in WCWS play, advanced to Friday's matchup with a 4-2 win over Florida State in the late game Thursday night. OU-Washington Box Score

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