March 18, 2007
FULLERTON, CA -
Oklahoma sophomore Samantha Ricketts slugged two home runs - including her third grand slam of the season - and drove in six to help pace a 10-hit attack by the No. 6 Sooners as they posted an 11-0 victory over No. 5 Arizona to win the 2007 Judi Garman Classic on Sunday afternoon at Anderson Family Field.
Oklahoma, which improved to 33-2 overall on the season and beat the Wildcats for a second time in tournament play, won the tournament title for the second time (1997) and became the fifth different team to win the tournament in the last six years.
Arizona, which defeated Louisiana-Lafayette by a 9-0 score in the day's first semifinal to advance to the championship game, fell to 21-7 overall on the season. The Wildcats had not been run-ruled in 110 consecutive games dating back to a six-inning, 9-1, loss to UCLA on April 16, 2005.
Ricketts, who finished 3-for-3 on the day, set a new career-high with her six RBI and also scored three runs. Norelle Dickson also finished with three hits, including two runs and two RBI. Four other Sooners had hits - three of those also adding RBIs.
Oklahoma starter D.J. Mathis (8-2) went the distance, scattering five hits and striking out five in the championship game victory.
Freshman Sarah Akamine (6-1) suffered the loss for the Wildcats, allowing nine runs on the day, but only three were earned as the Arizona defense was charged with five errors. She allowed seven hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.
The Sooners jumped out quickly against Akamine and the Wildcats as Dickson reached on an infield hit and moved to second when the shortstop's throw sailed over the head of the first baseman.
After a groundout and flyout, Ricketts then stepped to the plate and lined a shot into the gap in right centerfield, driving Dickson home for the 1-0 lead. Ricketts was followed by Susan Ogden, who lined a single down the left field line, scoring Ricketts from second base to make it 2-0 in favor of the Sooners.
The Sooners kept the pressure on in the second as the Arizona defense committed three errors in the inning, leading to five unearned runs for Oklahoma.
Back-to-back defensive miscues to lead off the inning put two runners on and both moved up 60 feet on a sacrifice by Traci Dickenson. Dickson then followed with high-chopper that was fielded by a leaping Laine Roth, but she had no play as Jamie Fox scored to make it 3-0.
After Amber Spaulding was thrown out at home on a squeeze attempt, Amber Flores was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Ricketts, who drilled the first pitch from Akamine over the fence in right centerfield for the Sooners' sixth grand slam of the year and a 7-0 lead.
Oklahoma added two more runs in the third on an RBI double by Dickenson and a run-scoring single by Dickson, and tacked on two more in the fourth on a leadoff home run by Ricketts and a one-out home run by Lindsey Vandever to cap the scoring.
Five different Wildcats had hits for Arizona, which stranded eight runners on the day - four in scoring position.
WASHINGTON WINS CONSOLATION BRACKET CHAMPIONSHIP WITH 2-0 WIN OVER NC STATE...
Washington sophomore Danielle Lawrie scattered three hits and struck out 12 while Dominique Lastrapes and Dani Stuart each drove in runs to help lift the No. 12 Huskies to a 2-0 win over NC State and the championship of the consolation bracket.
Lawrie (12-3) retired the final 14 batters she faced from the third inning on in the victory - including eight strikeouts in that span.
The Huskies, who shutout No. 8 Texas in the bracket's second semifinal by a 4-0 count, got on the board first in the third inning as Lauren Greer reached on an error to lead off the inning, moved to second on an infield hit by Ashley Charters, and scored on Lastrapes single up the middle for the 1-0 lead.
Washington added a second run in the seventh as Greer walked and stole a pair of bases before coming home on Stuart's RBI hit to left for the final tally.
Shaina Ervin (7-7) suffered the loss, allowing an unearned run (two overall) on six hits and striking out eight in the complete-game effort.
Charters and Lastrapes each had two hits to lead the Huskies while Heather Gelbard was 2-for-3 to lead the Wolfpack.