Arizona softball: No. 1 Sooners blank UA again; Cats open Pac-12 season next

2013-03-17T00:00:00Z Arizona softball: No. 1 Sooners blank UA again; Cats open Pac-12 season nextArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

For the second time this year, the Arizona Wildcats couldn't solve a pitcher from Oklahoma.

Keilani Ricketts (13-0) threw a three-hitter and struck out seven as the No. 1 Sooners (25-1) beat the No. 19 Cats 4-0 on Saturday to end the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. On Feb. 21, OU's Michelle Gascoigne beat Arizona 5-0 on a three-hitter.

Saturday, UA's Nancy Bowling (4-3) struck out a career-high 10 in five innings, but she allowed a leadoff homer to OU's Lauren Chamberlain. Bowling hit a batter to bring in another run in the first.

OU tacked on another run on a sacrifice fly in the second off Estela Piñon, who also pitched the third inning. Bowling returned, and Chamberlain hit another homer in the fourth.

UA (20-8), which went 2-3 at the Garman Classic, opens Pac-12 play against Washington on Saturday.

Up next

• What: Washington at Arizona, three game series

• When: Saturday at 6 p.m., next Sunday at 2 p.m., and March 25 at 3 p.m. (Game 3 on Pac-12 Arizona)

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