Sooners earn one for the thumb

Michael Kinney

OKLAHOMA CITY– Before the 2021 season began, Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso knew she had something big in her hands. Even though she was coming off a year in which they were unable to play, the veteran skipper knew the team she had assembled could be special.

Yet, despite their success and all the record the Sooners broke, it wasn’t until the first game of the 2021 Women’s College World Series that Gasso realized just how inexperienced her team really was.

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‘Game recognizes game’

By Michael Kinney

OKLAHOMA CITY– Before June 3, most of the sports world had never heard of Odicci Alexander. Despite having an impressive softball career at James Madison University, she was still relatively unknown beyond the borders of Virginia.

But that all changed on the first day of the Women’s College World Series when Alexander shut down the most prolific offense in recent memory to lead JMU to an upset over No. 1 Oklahoma. Since then she had been the face and the story of the WCWS and has taken the nation by storm.

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Oklahoma back home in WCWS finals

By Michael Kinney

OKLAHOMA CITY– The Women’s College World Series didn’t start like No. 1 Oklahoma had planned. An opening-round loss to an unseeded James Madison squad making its first-ever appearance in the WCWS was not part of the plan.

However, after winning four straight elimination games, including a 7-1 rout Monday over James Madison, the Sooners are exactly where they wanted to be, competing for a national championship. OU is making its second consecutive and seventh overall appearance in the WCWS national championship. 

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Sooners fight back to keep title hopes alive

By Michael Kinney

OKLAHOMA CITY– When the film Gladiator hit the movie screen in 2000, most of the members of the Oklahoma softball team had yet to be born. Yet, it is that academy award winning that that has come to inspire the Sooners as they make their way through the 2021 Women’s College World Series.

After a 10-3 comeback victory over UCLA in Saturday night’s elimination game, OU pitcher Giselle Juarez explained the significance of the film to her team.

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