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May 25, 2012

AFTERNOON UPDATE: OU beats Arizona in Super Regional Game 1

NORMAN — Fourth-ranked Oklahoma is one game from the Women's World Series.

The Sooners scored in every inning but the fourth en route to a 6-0 victory over No. 17 Arizona at Marita Hynes Field on Friday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd.

OU tallied six runs on eight hits as Keilani Ricketts dominated in the pitching circle, tossing a seven-hit shutout. Ricketts also hit a solo home run to lift the Sooners' advantage to six runs in the sixth inning.

Freshman Lauren Chamberlain put OU in front in the first inning, doubling to right-center field to score Destinee Martinez and Georgia Casey. Chamberlain's third run batted in came in the second when she walked with the bases loaded to score Brianna Turang.

Arizona pitcher Shelby Babcock labored in the circle, throwing only 71 of 128 pitches for strikes. She tossed all six innings but gave up six runs (all earned) on eight hits, four walks and three hit batsman.

Arizona threatened to score first in the opening frame, but Lini Koria hit into a 1-5-3 double play to end the threat. Koria was also the Wildcats' final out of the game when she struck out with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Oklahoma now needs only one win on Saturday to qualify for World Series. The Sooners and Wildcats will play at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and if Arizona wins that game then the two clubs will play in a winner-take-all tilt at 1 p.m.

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