For the second year in a row - in 27 total years - a Pac-12 team will not compete in the title game of the Women's College World Series. No. 1 Oklahoma knocked out No. 11 Washington Sunday night, 6-2, and the Sooners advance to the title series Monday night against No. 7 Tennessee.
Oklahoma (Big 12) is eager for the title after falling last year, 5-4, to 2012 National Champions Alabama (SEC) after holding a game-one lead.
The Sooners (55-4) scored first, with three runs in the top of the third and one in the fourth before Washington (45-17) followed with two in the fifth. But Oklahoma added one apiece in the sixth and seventh for its second straight trip to the big game.
Brianna Turang started off the third with a triple to left and scored on a wild pitch with Lauren Chamberlain following with a solo shot down the left field line for a quick 2-0 score. With two outs on a full count, Keilani Ricketts did what Ricketts does, and she, too, blasted a solo shot to center for a 3-0 Oklahoma lead.
In the bottom of the frame, Washington went out 1-2-3, with Whitney Jones striking out swinging, Jerrin Fa'asua grounding out to third and Kelli Suguro grounding out to shortshop.
With bases loaded in the fourth after Jessica Shults singled, Callie Parsons walked and Chamberlain was intentionally walked, Georgia Casey followed with an RBI walk, with pinch runner Erica Sampson scoring.
To lead off the bottom of the fifth, Washington's Kylee Lahners responded with a solo homer to center for UW's first run.
Senior Shawna Wright followed with a walk and Mercedes Wetmore came in to pinch run. After Fa'asua singled up the middle and Wetmore advanced to second. Suguro reached on a fielder's choice and Wetmore scored on a throwing error for Washington's second run.
Oklahoma then added its final two runs in the sixth and seventh with Turang scoring on Casey's RBI single and Ricketts plating on Destinee Martinez's RBI groundout to second base.
Ricketts (34-1) struck out 12 in the complete game. She allowed one earned run on three hits, two total runs and two walks.
Washington's Kaitlin Inglesby (23-9) struck out six, walked seven and allowed five earned runs on eight hits with six total runs.