June 3, 2013

OU finals return epitomizes Sooner State journey


Many of those affected by tornados in the past two weeks might struggle to find a silver lining in the clouds that were so ominous.

The Sooner softball team is no stranger to this feeling. Not only did the storms affect their home, but they also suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of Alabama in the College World Series final this time last year.

After a 6-2 win over Washington Sunday night, they are back and, perhaps, even more determined now to build a legacy bigger than the one that was left in ruins one year ago.

"This is a very focussed and determined team that had one goal, and that is to get back and have a chance to win a national championship," head coach Patty Gasso said after Oklahoma beat Washington 6-2 Sunday night. "It is difficult to do and it has been difficult this entire year, but the pride I have in this team is about their perseverance and the fact that they are not shaken by anything."

Sooner fans had many reasons to feel proud of their softball team over the weekend. Not only did they run-rule rivals Texas 10-2 Saturday afternoon, but their win over Washington was, to say the least, comprehensive. The biggest example of this can be found in starting pitcher Keilani Ricketts, who recorded 12 strikeouts and let up only three hits, went 2-3 on the night batting, scored two runs and sent her 14th home run of the season flying into deep center in the third inning to put Oklahoma up 3-0.  

"I'm just looking at her line score, and it's very good; vey balanced," Gasso said of her star pitcher. "She gave up two walks, which is fine with us with the twelve strike outs and three hits against a very potent team. It was a complete game tonight."

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