The Norman Transcript

OU Sports

May 26, 2013

Motivation beyond World Series propels Sooners

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NORMAN —

Pressure should be intense. But spend some time with a group of children who love softball, that have recently had their hearts broken but that nonetheless reveled in meeting their favorite softball team, and it can be a freeing life lesson.

It’s easy to say it made a difference for Pendley after she hit two home runs, but she was chasing pitches Friday and found patience Saturday. Maybe getting a big picture lesson made that an easier transition.

As for Ricketts, who’s been terrific all season, look at what she’s done at the plate, where she went 4 for 6 with a home run and six RBIs in two games against the Aggies.

It’s also interesting how OU committed no errors in two games against A&M.

For a team that should feel the weight of the world on its shoulders, it’s playing loose as a goose.

Up to now, the Sooner story has been about the dominance, about the nation’s best pitcher and a lineup that offers not a breath of rest.

The story is changing.

It’s becoming bigger, better and lighter, too. How can so dominant a team play with the joy of a group just happy to be here, there, anywhere, together?

OU had help.

Another team taught it how to play.

Clay Horning

Follow me @clayhorning

cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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