OU Softball News

Softball Fall Schedule Released as Camp Opens

NORMAN -- The Oklahoma softball team opened fall camp Thursday in advance of their eight-game fall schedule, which was also released Thursday by head coach Patty Gasso. The fall schedule starts the weekend of Sept. 26-28 with the annual Fall Festival Tournament at Marita Hynes...Read more

Softball: Former Sooners Gather for Alumni Weekend

NORMAN -- Plenty of familiar faces will be back on the campus of the University of Oklahoma this weekend as the Sooners' softball program hosts its alumni weekend. After a team banquet on Friday night, current and former athletes will gather Saturday morning at Marita Hynes Field...Read more

Ricketts, Shults Capture NPF League Title

NORMAN -- They have only been in the league for two seasons now, but all former sooners Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults know is how to win championships. The duo collected their second consecutive National Pro Fastpitch Championship as the USSSA Pride swept a...Read more

NPF: USSSA Pride's Keilani Ricketts (Online Exclusive)

Barb Jordan talks with USSSA Pride's Keilani Ricketts about why she wanted to play at the University of Oklahoma, how playing in the NPF made her a better athlete, and much more. (5:31+ads) From: CBS Sports (August 25th, 2014)

Softball Welcomes Transfer Tori Nirschl

NORMAN -- Oklahoma softball head coach Patty Gasso announced the addition of outfielder Tori Nirschl (NER-shull) Thursday. Nirschl spent her first two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Sooners...Read more

NPF: Chicago Bandits's Michelle Gascoigne (Online Exclusive)

Barb Jordan talks with Chicago Bandits pitcher Michelle Gascoigne about the spin she has on the ball, why she chose to play at Oklahoma, and much more. (6:20+ads) From: CBS Sports (August 13th, 2014)

Softball's Martinez and Team USA Claim Title in Italy

NORMAN -- For the second time this summer, former Sooner Destinee Martinez and the U.S. Women’s National Softball Team have claimed a tournament title. After winning gold at the General Tire World Cup IX in July, the squad defeated Australia over the weekend in the championship...Read more

Softball: Former Sooners Hard at Work in NPF

NORMAN -- Three members of the Oklahoma softball 2013 senior class have spent their summers playing in the National Pro Fastpitch League. Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults are playing for the first-place USSSA Pride (20-8), while Michelle Gascoigne and the Chicago Bandits...Read more

Softball's Martinez, Team USA Win World Cup

NORMAN -- Former Sooner Destinee Martinez and the U.S. Women’s National Team went a perfect 7-0 to capture the gold medal at the World Cup of Softball IX this past weekend in Irvine, Calif. Martinez caught the final out in center field Sunday as the United States defeated Canada...Read more

Softball Wins Regional Staff of the Year

NORMAN -- For the eighth time in program history, the Oklahoma softball team boasts the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Regional Coaching Staff of the Year, the NFCA announced Wednesday. Head coach Patty Gasso, associate head coach Melyssa Lombardi, assistant coach Tripp MacKay...Read more

Softball's Destinee Martinez Earns Selection to Team USA

NORMAN -- For the second year in a row, Destinee Martinez will be spending her summer as a member of the USA Softball Women’s National Team, it was announced Sunday by the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball. Martinez, who recently completed her...Read more

Softball: Incoming Sooners Tabbed Players of the Year

NORMAN -- Incoming Oklahoma softball freshmen Paige Parker (Missouri) and Nicole Pendley (New Mexico) were each named their state’s respective Gatorade Player of the Year, it was announced Thursday. The three-time Gatorade State Player of the Year, Parker finished her...Read more

Pendley Named to WCWS All-Tournament Team

NORMAN -- Junior Shelby Pendley added to her impressive 2014 season with one more accolade Tuesday night when she was named to the 2014 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team. The latest honor comes after the Rio Rancho, N.M. native was already named first-team...Read more

OKC not as kind to OU softball in 2014

(by RJ Young) OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma's hopes of defending its 2013 national championship were dashed early Sunday morning. Top-seed Oregon dropped OU from the Women's College World Series 4-2 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Sooners managed just 11 hits in 21 innings...Read more

Sooners' comeback effort falls short, title reign ends in OKC

(by Joey Helmer) OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Sooners fought and fought and fought, but in the end they came up short at defending their National Title, as the No. 1 Oregon Ducks narrowly fended them off 4-2 Saturday evening in the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium...Read more

Sooners' Season Ends In Close Loss To Top-Seed Oregon

(by Luke McConnell) OKLAHOMA CITY -- There will be a new softball national champion in 2014. The No. 1 seed Oregon Ducks made a three-run third inning stand up to eliminate defending champion Oklahoma, 4-2, at the Women's College World Series. The Sooners finished the season 51-13...Read more

Comeback Bid Falls Short at WCWS for OU

OKLAHOMA CITY -- No. 7 Oklahoma's rally from an early 3-0 deficit came up just short as their season came to a close with a 4-2 loss to top-seeded Oregon (56-8-1) Saturday night in the Women's College World Series. The Sooners' season ends with a 51-13 record, their fourth...Read more

Women’s College World Series: Here is where

(by RJ Young) OKLAHOMA CITY -- This is ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in late May and the first days of June. This public arena is where the mettle of a select few will be tested, questioned, derided, applauded and exalted. Where legend is establish; where legend remains; where future...Read more

Sooners Beat ULL to Advance at WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY -- No. 7 Oklahoma survived its first elimination game Saturday, defeating sixth-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette, 3-1, at the Women’s College World Series. With the victory, the Sooners advance to face top-seeded Oregon Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN...Read more

Sooners stay alive, send Ragin’ Cajuns packing

(by Joey Helmer) OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Sooners fought their way into tonight's session, winning an elimination game over the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 3-1 Saturday afternoon in the Women's College World Series at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. It's the first of several the...Read more

Softball backs against the wall after opening loss

(by RJ Young) OKLAHOMA CITY -- Two years have passed since Oklahoma and Alabama met in the Championship Series of the Women's College World Series. This time there was no national title on the line for the seventh-seeded Sooners or second-seeded Crimson Tide late...Read more

Softball Sputters In Loss To Alabama

(by Luke McConnell) OKLAHOMA CITY -- Alabama coach Patrick Murphy said on Wednesday the biggest difference between the 2012 Oklahoma-Alabama championship matchup and Thursday night's game was that Keilani Ricketts was no longer in the circle for the Sooners....Read more

Oklahoma Falls in WCWS Opener, 6-2

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A first-inning home run by junior Shelby Pendley was the only hit of the contest for the seventh-seeded Oklahoma softball team in a 6-2 loss to No. 2 Alabama (51-11) in the opening game of the Women’s College World Series Thursday night. The Sooners (50-12) saw...Read more

Tide top Sooners in WCWS opening round

(by Joey Helmer) The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 6-2 in the opening round of the Women's College World Series Thursday evening. Ace Jackie Traina struck out nine while allowing just a pair of runs, one earned, on one hit in a complete game. Alabama moves into...Read more

OGE Energy Corp. to hold naming rights to ASA Hall of Fame Field

OKLAHOMA CITY -- OGE Energy Corp. today announced that it has entered into a 20-year agreement with the Oklahoma City All Sports Association and the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball for naming rights to the stadium field at the ASA Hall of Fame Softball Complex. The new name for the field, OGE Energy Field at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, will be launched May 29 during the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS)...Read more

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