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Oklahoma Strikes Early, Defeats Washington at WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Christina Enea went 3-for-4 and Kristin Vesely added two hits and two RBIs to lead Oklahoma to a 6-2 victory over Washington at the Women’s College World Series. 

The Sooners got a complete game pitching performance from Kami Keiter, who scattered eight hits and struck out five. Oklahoma also benefited from a heavily favorable standing room only crowd at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. 

“The crowd was fantastic,” exclaimed Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso, who has led the Sooners to five consecutive appearances in the WCWS. “I have never experienced something that loud. It was really an inspiration to us.” 

Oklahoma wasted no time getting started, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. After Keiter gave up a two-out run in the top of the first, the first five Sooner batters reached base. Jessica Leslie, Mariee Mena and Enea each delivered RBI singles in the frame. 

“We got ourselves in a hole a little bit,” said Washington co-head coach Scott Centala. “We weren’t out of the ball game, but that was tough to overcome.” 

Washington threatened in the third, scoring a run to cut the lead to 4-2 and loading the bases before Keiter struck out Courtney Jeffries to end the inning. The Huskies left 11 runners on base in the game. 

Ashley Boek took the loss for Washington, despite only giving up two earned runs. Kathy Fiske led the Huskies at the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. 

Notes From the Diamond 
- Oklahoma and Washington have now played 10 times. The Sooners and Huskies have won five games each. 

- Oklahoma, which is making its fifth straight appearance, is now 6-6 in the Women’s College World Series. The Sooners won their second game since winning the national championship in 2000. Washington is now 13-11 in the WCWS in seven appearances. 

-Washington lost for just the fourth time this season when scoring the games initial run. The Huskies are now 27-4 when scoring first. 

- In its last two games (regional final, WCWS opener), Oklahoma has scored 10 runs on 10 hits.