Maxwell strikes out 11 in 2-hitter, Oklahoma beats UCLA 1-0 to reach Women's CWS semifinals

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kelly Maxwell delivered the breakout pitching performance Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso had been waiting for.

Maxwell threw a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts as the three-time defending national champion Sooners beat UCLA 1-0 on Saturday to reach the Women's College World Series semifinals.

Maxwell has been good all year, but not dominant like she was on Saturday. Gasso said the senior responded well to a conversation they had earlier in the day.

"She has not pitched free," Gasso said. "That's what's been going on. So to see her do that today — something I'll never forget."



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