The Norman Transcript

Breaking News

OU Sports

May 10, 2013

Sooners ready to tangle with Cowgirls in season finale

NORMAN — Finals are over, and soon so too, will be the Big 12 softball season. Top-ranked Oklahoma can exit the regular season with a conference championship if it can hold off rival Oklahoma State in a three-game Bedlam series that kicks off with a 6 p.m. game tonight at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

For coach Patty Gasso at least, there’s no other way she’d rather end the regular season.

“I’m glad it’s Bedlam,” she said. “I know they’ll be ready to play and we always have competitive games against each other. I like the intensity it will bring.”

OU (44-4, 12-2 Big 12) is in line to obtain the No. 1 overall seed heading into NCAA regional play, and the series against the Cowgirls (30-23, 6-9) is the Sooners’ final chance to tune up before the postseason begins Thursday.

It’s also a chance for OU to win its second Big 12 title in as many years. The Sooners are up a game on second-place Texas and will likely need two take at least two-of-three from OSU to lock up the conference. Because one of Oklahoma’s games against Kansas was canceled last weekend, the Sooners and Longhorns likely won’t end up with the same number of games played, and the conference title will come down to winning percentage.

Not that Gasso is worrying about it.

“We’re just focusing on getting better,” she said. “If we can do that, the rest will take care of itself. And now that finals are over, we can focus on just softball. I know having finals can stress the team out.”

In OSU, the Sooners will face a team on a hot streak.

The Cowgirls turned around what had been a disappointing conference season by taking two of three against No. 6 Texas at home last weekend, including a 1-0, nine-inning win on Friday and another one-run victory on Saturday.

The Cowgirls enter tonight having won four of their last five games.

Corbin Hosler

Follow me @Chosler88


Text Only | Photo Reprints
OU Sports
  • Sooners demolish Longhorns in series finale

    Disappointed. Confused. Shocked. Embarrassed....

    April 20, 2014

  • NCAA Womens Gymnastics Sooners vault to program’s first women’s gymnastics national championship

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It’s probably not the way Oklahoma coach K.J. Kindler drew it up. Probably, in her mind’s eye, when she saw the program she’s taken to the NCAA championships so many different times finally claim national supremacy, she ...

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • OU gets rare hot start, but fails to finish in loss to WVU

    A slow start wasn’t Oklahoma’s problem on Saturday. Perhaps that issue has been rectified. What was evident after its 9-5 loss to West Virginia is it has more problems than solutions....

    April 20, 2014

  • _Y_R3186 Sooners succumb to Longhorns in run-rule shutout

    Oklahoma had its chances. The Sooners put eight runners on base Friday night against Texas, several times with no outs. And stranded every one of them....

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU draws even in rout of West Virginia

    As Oklahoma’s players jogged back to the dugout following the top of the first inning against West Virginia, no one appeared overly excited. It was the classic case of masking the emotions....

    April 19, 2014

  • OU V Texas Casey sparks Sooners at the plate against Longhorns

    Oklahoma put runners in scoring position all night, but midway through Thursday’s series opener against Texas, the Sooners couldn’t do much with them. Heading into the bottom of the fifth, they had stranded a handful of runners, including ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Offense disappears in shutout loss to Mountaineers

    Everything Oklahoma did Thursday night looked rushed. It fell behind quickly, hacked at pitches early in counts and even recorded outs in a time-efficient manner....

    April 18, 2014

  • OU womens gym Sooners eager for title shot

    After fighting all season long to stay near the top of the women’s gymnastics rankings, the time has come for Oklahoma to show it belongs there. The NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships kick-off at 1 p.m. today and the second ranked ...

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shannon won’t face criminal charges

    Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon will not face criminal charges for an alleged sexual assault. Any punishment he receives will be through the University....

    April 18, 2014

  • Much riding on Red River rivalry series

    Coach Patty Gasso said before last weekend’s road trip to Baylor that the Big 12 championship would run through Waco. The Sooners took care of that, taking two of three from the Bears to take control of the title race....

    April 17, 2014