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Oklahoma Eliminates Arizona State, Awaits Opponent in WCWS Championship

Oklahoma came back after a day off from action in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma Series and defeated the No, 3 seed defending national champion Arizona State Wildcats to move to the best of three championship round on Monday.

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The Sooners are making their seventh WCWS appearance and seeking their second national championship (they were champions in 2002).

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OU’s mound ace and National Player of the Year, Keilani Ricketts, went seven strong innings for the Sooners, who gave up two quick runs in the opening inning but came back with four of the own in the fourth, which ended up being enough for a 5-3 victory. Ricketts recorded 13 strikeouts against the defending national champions to help her own cause.

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The Sooners will play the winner of the Sunday game between No. 1 seed California, which OU shut out 3-0 on Friday, and two-seed Alabama. The championship series will begin on Monday at Hall of Fame Park in Oklahoma City, which should give the Sooners a heavy home-field advantage.