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March 23, 2013

Sooners hoping to stay hot despite cold, wet forecast

NORMAN — This season, it seems like the Sooners have everything going for them but the weather.

Oklahoma, which this week became the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, is 27-1 and on a 10-game winning streak. With a dominating performance in Fullteron, Calif. last week, the Sooners tied a school record with seven straight shutouts.

All of that is on the line today when No. 11 Louisville visits Marita Hynes Field for a three-game series, with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. today and another game scheduled for noon tomorrow.

On the field, things couldn’t be going much better for OU, which scored 33 runs last weekend while allowing none. The biggest challenge to both the Sooners and the Cardinals may come in the form of the weather, which is expected to be cold, rainy and windy.

Provided the teams are able to take the field, OU coach Patty Gasso is excited to host a top-15 program.

“This is supposed to take the place of the Texas A&M and Missouri series from last year,” she said, referring to the pair of top-tier programs that left the Big 12 a year ago. “The opportunity for us to play a ranked team at home is important, and this is a big series in terms of what it will do for our body of work.”

Gasso could reach a milestone of her own, sitting just two wins away from 900 in her OU career. But with conference play just two weeks away, the Sooners are focusing on improvement more than wins, losses or streaks of any kind.

“Where we are as a group is that we want to get to a point where we can say that we can’t really get much better,” Gasso said. “But this team will tell you that we still have a lot to work on and that we’re not to that point yet.”

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