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June 1, 2013

Red River rout gives OU crucial win


For Sooner athletes, there's always something extra special about a win against the University of Texas.

But, top-seed Oklahoma's 10-2 run-ruled win against their heated rival in the double-elimination Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City on Saturday was vital for a different reason.

"This game is the biggest there is, because it puts you in a position where someone has to beat you twice," Sooner coach Patty Gasso said. "I think right now with the way we are playing, that would be difficult for any team here to do. That allows us to have some extra rest, do our homework and research who we are playing next. It's really a tremendous advantage."

While the lopsided-score appears to indicate the cancellation of Friday night's action in the Women's CWS due to the severe weather only put a cap on a volatile Sooner offense ready to explode, four of those runs came off of one error by Texas pitcher Kim Bruins in the third inning.

With Texas up 2-0 after a productive third inning, it was Bruins' throw to first base off a bunt from Oklahoma's Brianna Turang that flew all the way into the outfield corner, putting three runs, including Turang, onto the board to give Oklahoma a 6-2 lead.

"I definitely rushed the throw," Bruins said. "I had more time than I thought."

Turang said she was only trying to set up lead-off hitter Lauren Chamberlain with runners on the bags, but she ended up clearing the bases and giving Oklahoma a commanding lead they did not relinquish.

Other than the third inning, two-time ASA Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts and the OU defense kept the Longhorns at bay, retiring the first three batters consecutively in three of the five innings played. Ricketts pitched the entire afternoon, letting up three hits and two runs while striking out two batters and walking four.

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