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Ricketts, Gascoigne lead Oklahoma to WCWS title
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Keilani Ricketts did not pitch in Game 2 of the Women's College World Series championship, but the two-time National Player of the Year homered and drove in four runs Tuesday to help Oklahoma defeat Tennessee, 4-0, and capture the program's second national title.
Ricketts had made every pitch for the top-seeded Sooners since the start of the Super Regionals, including the entirety of Monday's 12-inning marathon that ended on Lauren Chamberlain's game-winning home run.
She served as the designated player Tuesday and belted a three-run homer in the third inning before adding an RBI groundout in the seventh
Michelle Gascoigne did the rest.
Gascoigne (19-3), a Player of the Year candidate in her own right with a sub-1.00 ERA, was brilliant over seven scoreless innings, striking out 12 and allowing just three hits with no walks to close out the series and give Oklahoma its first championship since 2000.
Ivy Renfroe (22-5) served up Ricketts's homer and took the loss for Tennessee, which has never won the Women's College World Series and matched its runner-up finish in 2007.
Terrific fielding by both sides kept it scoreless over the first two innings before a walk and base hit preceded Ricketts' homer into the right-field seats.
The home run signaled the end of Ivy Renfroe's outing, and her sister and Game 1 starter, Ellen Renfroe, came on in relief and kept the Tennessee within 3-0 until the seventh inning.
Chamberlain tripled off the top of the left-field wall to open the frame and scored an insurance run on Ricketts' groundout to first.
Gascoigne retired 18 of the final 19 hitters she faced and struck out the last hitter looking to begin the Sooners' celebration
Ricketts was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
06/04 22:34:12 ET