Oklahoma 2012 Softball World Series Capsule

Oklahoma Sooners
Big 12 (45-8, 19-5)

The Sooners are led in the circle by junior pitcher Keilani Ricketts. She is 26-7 with an ERA of 1.13, which is eighth in the nation. She has also tallied 325 strikeouts; good enough for third in among NCAA Division I hurlers. At the plate, Oklahoma is led by freshman Lauren Chamberlain who is hitting .353 with 58 RBIs, which is tenth in the nation. She also ranks third in the country with 22 homeruns. Along with Ricketts and Chamberlain, junior catcher Jessica Shults is not only a wall behind the dish but has offensive power with 15 homeruns to go with her defensive prowess.

Big Wins: 3/3 vs LSU (5-0), 4/14 vs Texas A&M (5-2), 4/22 vs Missouri (2-1)
Bad Losses: 2/24 vs Stanford (5-0), 3/25 vs Baylor (1-0), 4/6 vs Texas Tech (5-4)
Coach: Patty Gasso (18 seasons at Oklahoma)

Why They Can Surprise:
Oklahoma is an all-around team that can dominate their opponents offensively. They are scoring 6.16 runs per game which is 11th in the nation and hitting 1.54 homeruns per game which is an outstanding 4th in the country. Defensively, with a battery of Ricketts and Shults the Sooners are 43rd overall with a .696 team fielding percentage.  

Why They Can Disappoint:
In their most recent loss, the Sooners were devastated by the Texas Longhorns losing 12-5, which brings  up a couple questions. First, can Oklahoma reclaim their momentum? Second, can Ricketts stamina hold on throughout playoffs?  

Key Field Players:
Keilani Ricketts, Junior, P, .400 BA, 14 HR, 37 RBI
Jessica Shults, Junior, C, .360 BA, 16 HR, 48 RBI
Lauren Chamberlain, Freshman, IF, .363 BA, 25 HR, 63 RBI
Georgia Casey, Freshman, IF, .392 BA, 9 HR, 28 RBI
Brianna Turang, Junior, OF, .328 BA, 7 RBI
Destinee Martinez, Sophomore, OF, .333 BA, 9 RBI, 16 SB

Key Pitchers:
Keilani Ricketts, Junior, Pitcher, 1.10 ERA, 28-7 W/L, 25 CG, 223.2 IP, 344 SO
Michelle Gascoigne, Junior, Pitcher, 1.30 ERA, 16-1 W/L, 8 CG, 102.1 IP, 136 SO

By the Numbers:
Batting Average: .312 (20th in the nation, 2nd in conference)
Earned Run Average: 1.20 (2, 1)
Fielding Percentage: .969 (43, 6)
Scoring Offense: 6.16 (11, 2)
Home Runs per Game: 1.54 (4, 1)
Doubles per Game: 1.04 (158, 6)
Triples per Game: 0.06 (232, 5)
Stolen Bases per Game: 1.06 (87, 5)
Slugging Percentage: .536 (8, 1)
Double Plays per Game: 0.30 (102, 3)

Recent Postseason Appearances:

2011Regionaldefeated Iona, defeated Tulsa, lost to Tulsa, defeated Tulsa
2011Super Regionaldefeated Arizona
2011WCWSlost to Arizona State, eliminated by Missouri
2010Regionaldefeated Syracuse, defeated Fordham, defeated Fordham
2010Super Regionaleliminated by Washington
2009Regionallost to North Dakota State, defeated Arkansas, eliminated by Tulsa
2008Regionaldefeated Oregon, defeated Arkansas, defeated Oregon
2008Super Regionaleliminated by Arizona
2007Regionaldefeated Colgate, defeated Massachusetts, defeated Massachusetts
2007Super Regionaleliminated by DePaul

*all team stats through 5/6

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