NO. 3 ARIZONA STATE Sun Devils
Overall Record: 53-10
Conference: Pac-12 (2nd, 18-4)
   Head Coach: Clint Myers

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NO. 4 OKLAHOMA Sooners
Overall Record: 52-8
Conference: Big 12 (1st, 19-5)
Head Coach: Patty Gasso

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SUN DEVILS AND SOONERS MEET

Venue: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Game Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2 / ESPN3 
Announcers:
   Pam Ward (play by play)
   Michelle Smith (color)
   Holly Rowe (field reporter)

Who to Watch for the Sun Devils:  SS Katelyn Boyd, .429, 78 R, 19 HR, 61 RBI; CF Elizabeth Caporuscio, .319, 16 HR, 51 RBI; P Dallas Escobedo, 24-7, 2.25 ERA, 229 K

Who to Watch for the Sooners: P/DP Keilani Ricketts, 35-7, 0.94 ERA, 420 K, .400, 16 HR, 47 RBI; 2B Georgia Casey, .369, 10 HR, 32 RBI; 1B Lauren Chamberlain, .361, 28 HR, 74 RBI

IN THE 2012 POSTSEASON

Arizona State
Regional
    def. LIU Brooklyn, 9-0 (5 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Syracuse, 3-1 [ Box ]
    lost to Syracuse, 1-0 [ Box ]
    def. Syracuse, 4-0 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    lost to No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-0 [ Box ]
    def. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, 9-2 [ Box ]
    def. No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, 8-0 (6 inn.) [ Box ]
Women’s College World Series
    def. No. 11 Oregon, 3-1 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
    lost to No. 2 Alabama, 2-1 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
    def. LSU, 6-0 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]

Feature: Young guns helping to lead Arizona State

Oklahoma
Regional
    def. Lehigh, 19-3 (5 inn.) [ Box ]
    def. Tulsa, 7-1 [ Box ]
    def. Oregon State, 6-0 [ Box ]
Super Regional
    def. Arizona, 6-0 [ Box ]
    def. Arizona, 7-1 [ Box ]
Women’s College World Series
    def. USF, 5-1 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video ]
    def. California, 3-0 [ Box ] [ Recap ] [ Video

Feature: Sooners have punch on offense, defense

Rosters: Arizona State | Oklahoma Schedules: Arizona State | Oklahoma
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Oklahoma battles defending champ for spot in finals 

Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso should have listened to Jessica Shults earlier. It wouldn't changed the approach, but it may have altered the itinerary. 

Shults told Gasso early in the spring that, once the Sooners reached the WCWS, she wanted to do a fundraising walk for research benefiting Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. But the veteran coach thought there was a problem; not that she didn't believe her squad would win, but in her mind, the Sooners would be playing on Saturday.

Arizona State vs. Oklahoma
 
Batting Average .327 .317
Home Runs 89 97
Runs Per Game 6.8 6.5
Stolen Bases 58 65
ERA 1.99 1.10

Keilani Ricketts made sure Shults' prediction came true, tossing a 3-0 shutout with 16 strikeouts against Cal on Friday to advance to Sunday's winner's bracket game. So Gasso and the rest of the Sooners -- all of them, as a team -- went out to support Shults, who missed most of the postseason in 2011 with pan ulcerative colitis.

"She had it all planned. She knew exactly where we were going to be [Saturday]," Gasso said. "So the team has decided that we're going to go out and support this cause and maybe walk a mile. We don't want to waste the day walking too hard, but it's just completely in support for Jessica Shults, and these guys as her teammates want to be there for that."

As a team, they're one win away from the championship series where they'd be looking for their first title since 2000. Shults has helped the Sooners lead the nation in home runs (97) while catching the top staff in the country. Ricketts and Co. own a 1.10 ERA.

Now their attention turns to Arizona State, the 2011 champion.

ASU fell in another Friday night thriller, dropping a 2-1 contest against Alabama. Jackie Traina collected 11 strikeouts against the Sun Devils in the win, as ASU had only three hits for the second consecutive WCWS game.

Alix Johnson helped end those struggles at the plate as she launched a three-run bomb against LSU's Rachele Fico, the nation's ERA leader (0.96) in a 6-0 win Saturday night. That offense came around enough to collect nine hits, with five coming in the top four of the order.

"I thought that Alix [Johnson] and Sammy [Parlich], they both have been swinging the bats well," ASU coach Clint Myers said. "So we’ve just got to get a few more of the seniors going and I think we're going to be back the way we were for 60 ballgames. So it's the first step of something very special, we hope."

The key though was staying patient and keeping the fundamentals in control in other areas until the bats caught back up. The defense specifically has lifted the Sun Devils this week, bolstered by five double plays in three games. 

Any extra effort, a little bounce going their way will be welcomed by the Sun Devils when they're facing Ricketts and Co.

Myers' thoughts on her?

"Player of the year. I don't know what you would like to hear. I mean, she's a great pitcher, a great player.  So we've got to be a great team," Myers said. "And we've had the opportunity to play against her before.  We've beaten her before. So it is one of those things [where] if we come out as Arizona State and play like we're capable, you're going to see two great teams battling tooth and nail in [Sunday's] games."

                                                                                                               -- Jerry Trickie, NCAA.com

ARIZONA STATE QUICK HITS
► Arizona State has never advanced to the championship game or series through the loser's bracket. The Sun Devils went 5-0 in both of their championship seasons (2008, 2011).

► In its 6-0 win against LSU, Arizona State left the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning, narrowly missed its 25th run-rule victory of the season. The Sun Devils 24 run-rule wins this season is already a program record.

► Arizona State leads the all-time series against Oklahoma by a 12-10 margin. The teams first met in 1979. The most recent meeting was in ASU’s opening game of the 2011 WCWS, a 3-1 Sun Devil win.

► After striking out four times in Friday’s loss to Alabama, ASU right fielder Alix Johnson rebounded on Saturday with a 2 for 4 performance, including a three-run home run that broke the game open in the third inning. Johnson now has 13 home runs on the season.  

OKLAHOMA QUICK HITS
► During Saturday’s off day, the Sooners attended the Take Steps Fundraising Walk benefitting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Catcher Jessica Shults missed most of the Sooners' 2011 postseason after being diagnosed with pan ulcerative colitis.

► The Sooners are on a 10-game winning streak, tied with Alabama for the longest active streak in the country.

► Junior Keilani Ricketts struck out 16 batters on Friday night against Cal, two shy of the single-game WCWS record for a seven-inning game. That record is held by Texas' Cat Osterman, who struck out 18 in a 2006 game against Arizona State.

► Ricketts has not allowed an earned run in 40.0 innings of play. Her postseason ERA in 2012 stands at 0.16 entering Sunday’s game.

► Lauren Chamberlain’s third-inning double on Friday tied her for second on OU’s single-season extra-base hits list at 39.