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June 1, 2013

Red River rout gives OU crucial win

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

It was Ricketts' RBI double that brought in the first of Oklahoma's runs in the third inning after she had struck out to Texas pitcher Blaire Luna in the first frame.

"It felt good, because I didn't have any success at my first at bat," said Rickets. "I was going up there trying to be more decisive with my swing. Blaire's a hard pitcher to be decisive with, just because she has so many different pitches."

One talking point from the game was Texas coach Connie Clark's decision to pull starter Luna after just two full innings, setting up Bruins to take the brunt of the Sooner offense. At that point, Luna had walked five batters.

"I think it was five walks," Clark said. "They've got a tremendous lineup and we felt like KB (Bruins) would bring a different look to the table; a little more east-west stuff and mix a straight change in there as opposed to Luna, who likes to work north and south quite a bit. I thought KB did a great job. Although I know she's a little disappointed, I liked what she brought."

The Sooners will now get a half-day's rest Sunday before playing the winner of the 3:30 p.m. game between Washington and either Arizona State or Michigan.

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