Softball's Streak Ends at No. 8 Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. - The LSU softball team had its season's best six-game winning streak come to a close as No. 8 Oklahoma picked up a 7-0 victory Friday at Marita Hynes Field.
The Sooners (11-3) received a one-hit shutout from southpaw NFCA All-American First-Teamer Keilani Ricketts in the circle. She garnered 13 strikeouts against one walk en route to her sixth win of the season.
"We faced a very quality opponent. It's obvious by the way they play why they are ranked as highly as they are," head coach Beth Torina said. "It would have been nice to have a little better showing. We have to get our players to be more aggressive, have more of an attack mentality and play more fearlessly."
LSU's (9-5) best scoring opportunity came during the seventh inning. Ashley Langoni broke up Ricketts' no-hit bid with a one-out, infield single. Juliana Santos followed with a walk, and Langoni scooted to third base on a failed pickoff attempt to put runners on the corners.
Ricketts aided her own cause in the first inning and belted a solo home run off a 0-1 offering over the left centerfield wall for the game's first run.
"In my opinion, she (Ricketts) is the best player in the country," Torina said. "There's a good reason for it, and we saw that tonight."
OU's Brittany Williams and Katie Norris added RBI singles during the fifth inning to push the lead to 3-0. The Sooners made the most of two LSU errors by Cassie Trosclair in the sixth inning. The frame was highlighted by Williams' three-run dinger to right centerfield to make it 7-0.
Mack surrendered a career-high seven runs, five earned, to drop to 3-4 on the season. She tallied eight strikeouts versus four walks.
LSU returns to action Saturday versus Oklahoma State and No. 8 Oklahoma at the ASA Hall of Fall Stadium in Oklahoma City, the site of the Women's College World Series. First pitch against the Cowgirls is on-tap at 11 a.m.
"It's nice to go again and get right back on the field first-thing in the morning," Torina said. "We have plenty of opportunities to make this a great weekend. Hopefully, we'll be able to accomplish that and bounce back in a big way."
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