OKLAHOMA CITY — With a loaded lineup and the returning national player of the year, Oklahoma breezed through its softball season in dominant fashion.
If it seemed easy at times, it was because the Sooners knew how good they were and didn’t mind showing it.
Keilani Ricketts homered and drove in four runs, Michelle Gascoigne pitched a three-hit shutout and the top-seeded Sooners won the NCAA softball championship on Tuesday night, beating Tennessee 4-0 in Game 2 of the Women’s College World Series finals.
Anything less would have been a disappointment.
“We knew that we were the favorite all year, and it was cool just because we weren’t able to feel any of that pressure because we were able to go out there and have fun with each other,” said Ricketts, who repeated as national player of the year.
Ricketts drove a 2-1 pitch from Ivy Renfroe (22-5) halfway up the right-field bleachers for a three-run home run in the third inning and tacked on an RBI groundout in the seventh.
Ricketts got the night off in the circle after throwing a career-high 12 innings in Game 1 and moving to 35-1 on the season, but that just put the other half of her well-rounded game on display. She hit her 15th home run of the season and pushed her RBI total to 60.