Standing on the field and watching as another team was presented the NCAA softball championship trophy, Keilani Ricketts and her Oklahoma teammates vowed to set out on a mission seeking redemption.
One year later, as the trophy was being handed out again, the Sooners were joyously on the receiving end.
Ricketts homered and drove in four runs, Michelle Gascoigne pitched a three-hit shutout and top-seeded Oklahoma won the NCAA softball championship by beating Tennessee 4-0 on Tuesday night in Game 2 of the Women's College World Series finals.
"After last year's national championship game, it definitely gave us one of the most painful feelings I'm sure all of us have ever felt," said Ricketts, who was chosen as the most outstanding player of the World Series. "And we just accepted the fact that God didn't want us to win it that year and it wasn't our time.