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Shults, Oklahoma win College World Series opener

Posted: May 31, 2012 2:27 p.m.
Updated: May 31, 2012 2:27 p.m.


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lauren Chamberlain hit a two-run home run and Keilani Ricketts struck out 11 to lead Oklahoma past South Florida 5-1 Thursday in the opener of the Women's College World Series.

Hart High graduate and Oklahoma catcher Jessica Shults was 1-for-1 in the game with two walks —  including one after an 11-pitch at-bat.

Canyon graduate Brittany Williams picked up an RBI with a bases-loaded, pinch-hit walk.

Oklahoma (51-8) next plays Friday night against the winner of Thursday's LSU-California game. The Bulls (50-13) play the loser of LSU-California on Saturday in the first elimination game.

Ricketts, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, struck out 10 or more for the 23rd time this season.

South Florida, playing in the WCWS for the first time, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Kourtney Salvarola.

Oklahoma answered with Chamberlain's two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning. Ricketts' triple highlighted Oklahoma's three-run sixth.



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