May 31, 2013
Site: Oklahoma City, Okla. (ASA Hall of Fame Stadium)
Event: Women's College World Series
Score: #1 Oklahoma 7, #7 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (50-12), Oklahoma (53-4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, June 1 -- vs. Arizona State (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1:30 p.m. CDT
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan softball team was stumped offensively by National Collegiate Softball Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts in a 7-1, no-hit defeat today (May 30) to No. 1 Oklahoma at the Women's College World Series held at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Wolverines put base runners on in four innings via walks and hit-by-pitches but could not come up with a hit.
Michigan scratched out a run in the third when Sierra Lawrence (Norcross, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian) forced OU's catcher, Jessica Shults, to drop a throw home from the pitcher. Lawrence ended up on second following an Oklahoma throwing error and then made it to third on a fielder's choice. Junior Lyndsay Doyle (Channahon, Ill./Minooka Community) hit a tapper back to Ricketts with what looked like a sure out as Lawrence sprinted home; but the freshman beat the tag for Michigan's only run of the game.
Sophomore right-hander Sara Driesenga (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) started for the Maize and Blue and went the distance. Five of the first seven outs she recorded came by the strikeout. Then the Sooners answered Michigan's run in the fourth with four of their own on four hits and one U-M error.
OU's leadoff hitting in the inning, Brianna Turang, reached on Michigan throwing error. She came around to score two batters later on Oklahoma's first hit of the game. The Sooners eventually loaded the bases and scored three times more. Fine defensive plays from senior second baseman Ashley Lane (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) and freshman shortstop Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta) helped Driesenga get out of the inning.
The Sooners scored twice in the fourth on a two-run homer from Lauren Chamberlain and tacked on one more with two hits in the fifth.
Michigan will play again on Saturday (June 1) in the WCWS against Arizona State at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 CDT. U-M eked out 5-4 win against the Sun Devils earlier this season at the Judi Garman Classic.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423
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