Lady Eagles find positives in 9-1 loss at Oklahoma

OC’s Sarah Peoples singled off Oklahoma (and Team USA) ace Keilani Ricketts during the Lady Eagles’ loss to the Sooners.
OC’s Sarah Peoples singled off Oklahoma (and Team USA) ace Keilani Ricketts during the Lady Eagles’ loss to the Sooners.

NORMAN, Okla. (Oct. 6, 2012) – Four Oklahoma Christian players recorded hits – one off arguably the best softball player in the U.S. – as the Lady Eagles dropped a 9-1 decision in six innings on Saturday to NCAA Division I power Oklahoma.

Playing in the OU Fall Festival at Marita Hynes Field, the Lady Eagles went toe-to-toe with a squad that was the national runner-up last season and includes two Team USA players, Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults. OU led only 3-1 after 4½ innings and brought in its ace, Ricketts, to pitch the final two innings.

“I thought we competed,” an upbeat OC coach Tom Heath said. “We went up against the very best in the country and didn’t back down.”

Michelle Miller and Danielle Collins both singled in the third inning for OC off OU starter Georgia Casey, although the Sooners escaped without allowing a run.

In the fourth, Courtney Starr reached on an error while leading off and Kendra Pierce doubled to right field, sending Starr to third base. Kala Ratliff’s one-out sacrifice fly scored Starr with OC’s only run.

OU coach Patty Gasso brought in Ricketts to pitch in the fifth inning during the middle of one of Sarah Peoples’ at-bats and Peoples greeted the Team USA hurler by beating out an infield single.

Taylor Mosher pitched the first four innings for OC, allowing three runs and five hits. Krystal Rodriguez pitched the fifth inning, giving up five hits and four runs, and freshman Danielle Collins pitched the sixth inning, allowing three hits and two runs.

Ricketts led the Sooners going 3-for-3 with five RBIs. OC pitching coach Steve Gault said he was pleased with his pitchers, saying they kept the ball down and noting many of the Sooners’ 13 hits came on ground balls.

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