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May 17, 2013

Red Foxes won’t sneak up on Sooners

NORMAN — Marist has about 5,000 students. Oklahoma has six times that number.

The Sooners are entering NCAA regional play for the 20th time and have one of the most dominant softball teams ever assembled, while the Red Foxes are making just their second tournament appearance.

The Sooners are also the tournament’s top overall seed after putting together a 47-4 regular season, while Marist is 200th in the college softball RPI.

None of which will matter when the two teams square off at 7:30 p.m. today at Marita Hynes Field.

“Being No. 1 overall, it puts you in a pretty good position and gives you home-field advantage, but ultimately the work is still right in front of us,” OU coach Patty Gasso said. “You’ve still got to get it done on your field.”

Getting it done will require a trio of victories that would send the Sooners into their fourth straight super regional and their second straight on their home field. One there, two more wins will be required to go to a third straight Women’s College World Series.

The first test is Marist.

The Red Foxes (30-24) come to Norman from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and are in the tournament after winning the Mid Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament last weekend. They are led by senior pitcher Emily Osterhaus, who led Marist through the MAAC tournament and allowed just one run in the championship game.

The Red Foxes also have Nicole Cheek, the MAAC Rookie of the Year, to headline their lineup. She led the conference in several categories, including RBIs with 49 and home runs with 14.

If the Sooners can get past Marist, they’ll face the winner of Fordham and No. 24 Arkansas, who meet at 5 p.m. today. If OU wins that game they’ll play again at 1 p.m. Sunday for a chance to win the regional. Because of the double-elimination format, the Sooners could end up playing a second game on both Saturday and Sunday if they drop a contest.

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