Lady Dogs lose Super Regional opener

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Seventh-seeded Tennessee defeated 10th-seeded Georgia 3-2 on Saturday in the opener of the NCAA Knoxville Super Regional.

Keilani Ricketts struck out 13 and drove in Oklahoma's first run as the Sooners beat Arizona 7-1 to earn a return trip to the Women's College World Series.   STEVE SISNEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Keilani Ricketts struck out 13 and drove in Oklahoma's first run as the Sooners beat Arizona 7-1 to earn a return trip to the Women's College World Series.

Shelby Burchell went 2 for 2 with a walk and had a two-run single in the third for the Lady Vols (51-11). Raven Chavanne added an RBI single in the fourth to make it 3-0.

With three hits in the sixth inning, including two doubles, the Lady Bulldogs (44-16) closed the gap to 3-2. Kristyn Sandberg singled to right center and Ashley Razey’s double to left put pinch-runner Macie Couey on third. Christine Olney followed with a RBI double to left while Niaja Griffin’s groundout brought in the final run from pinch-runner Tiesha Reed.

Erin Arevalo (26-8) took the loss, allowing six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.

Arevalo won all three games in last week’s Athens Regional and allowed just one earned run.

Tennessee’s Ivy Renfroe (24-8) picked up the 19th win over her past 21 decisions dating back to March 21. She allowed two runs on six hits, walked one and struck out seven in tossing her 10th complete game of the season.

The two teams play again today, with the winner advancing to the Women’s College World Series.

OKLAHOMA 7, ARIZONA 1

In Norman, Okla., Lauren Chamberlain and Jessica Shults homered to back a complete game by Keilani Ricketts, and Oklahoma beat Arizona to reach its second consecutive Women’s College World Series.

The fourth-seeded Sooners (50-8) scored five runs in the first inning off a series of Arizona (38-19) mistakes and cruised.

Ricketts (33-7) struck out the side in three innings and finished with 13 strikeouts.

She also singled in the first run for Oklahoma.

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