Oklahoma 6, Washington 1

SEATTLE - Amber Flores hit three home runs to power Oklahoma to a stunning 6-1 win over Washington in Game 1 of a best of 3 super regional at Husky Softball Stadium on Thursday night.

With the win the 14th seeded Sooners (47-10) lead the series 1-0 and forced the third seeded Huskies (48-7) to win Games 2 and 3 to return to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

After Krystle Huey flied out to right fielder Kimi Pohlman to lead off the game, Flores drove a 1-0 pitch from Danielle Lawrie (38-3) over the wall in left field for her 13th homer of the season and a 1-0 lead. The Sooners made it 2-0 in the same frame when Lindsey Vandever grounded a single to right center, stole second, and scored all the way from second on a two base throwing error by catcher Shawna Wright that got by center fielder Alyson McWherter and rolled all the way to the wall.

Flores made it 3-0 with two outs in the third, hitting another monstrous shot over the left field wall. Then for good measure the Sooners put the game away and went ahead 6-0 with three home runs, all solo shots, against Lawrie in the fifth. Dani Dobbs led off with a shot over the left field wall. One out later, Flores went deep again, this time hitting a blast well into the practice field beyond the right center field bleachers, for her team leading 15th home run of the season. Then the next batter, Jessica Shults, who came into the game leading Oklahoma with 14 home runs, hit her 15th of the season, off the tarp in center field.

Lawrie had her worst game of the season in the circle allowing six runs on seven hits in only five innings. She walked one and struck out five. Baily Harris relieved Lawrie in the sixth and went two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and one walk.

Keilani Ricketts (32-8) benefited from her teammates' power surge, going the distance to earn the win. She allowed one run on two hits and three walks. She struck out nine. The only run came in the bottom of the seventh when Wright reached on an error. Bailey Stenson pinch ran and took second on a groundout by Niki Williams. Hooch Fagaly walked and Taylor Smith followed with a single to left to score Stenson.

The two teams will play Game 2 at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening. Game 3, if necessary, will begin no earlier than 8 p.m.

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