Obviously the WCWS will be more of a challenge for the Sooner softballers than the regionals and super regional were. However, like we said, if this team is as good as we think they are and if Patty is the Hall of Fame coach we believe her to be, we should be just fine.
With OU’s help, OSU is now on a roll and will be a force to be reckoned with in OKC. OU created the OSU monster by losing to the Cowgirls in the Big 12 Championship game. Hopefully, the Sooners will remind themselves of that game and take care of business this time around. Getting Jordy Bahl back will go a long way in making that happen.
Adding to our fun this week will be the Sooner baseballers who won their first Big 12 Championship in almost a decade this past weekend. The Sooners will be the #2 seed in the Gainesville regional. The Sooners deserved the opportunity to host a regional, but the NCAA selection committee does not award regional sites to programs with miniature stadiums.
As fans, we can blame the NCAA all day for this snub, but these sites are awarded to a great extent on stadium size. Case in point is that OSU and Texas finished behind the Sooners this year, but both are hosting regionals this next weekend.
Getting to Omaha may be a lost cause for the Sooners, but then again OU is on a roll right now. We have won 6 out of the last seven games including a win over Texas in the Big 12 Championship game so don’t count the Sooners out of the running. Regardless of what happens this week the Sooner baseball program has come a long way. Hopefully, this year will provide the Sooners with the impetus for a new SEC-type baseball stadium in the future.
Finally, the Sooner golf team will be vying for another National Championship this week in Scottsdale with the Sooners playing in the quarter finals on Tuesday.
At least we will have something to do during the dog days of summer this week…
It was almost like the Sooner softballers were hungover from the previous night’s celebration as they faced OSU on Saturday. The championship dance routine would have been perfect at the end of the Bedlam series, but not the day before. Then again, possibly our Sooners were toying with the Lady Ags. Regardless, it was simply a matter of time before OSU snatched defeat from the jaws of victory once again.
Nicole May got off to her normal slow start by giving up a walk and a home run early in the game. After that, she settled in and did a really nice job both as the starter and as the reliever. Here’s one for the books…Hope Trautwein got the win even though she walked four of the six batters she faced. That’s softball for you.
Of course, for OU fans who have seen this act before, the Jocelyn Alo grand slam could not have come at a better time. The greatest hitter in softball history is normally pitched around by coaches in order to avoid her sultan of swat routine. Unfortunately for the OSU coach, he was left with no options. Walk Alo intentionally would mean walking in the tying run.
Coach G. bit the bullet and pitched to Alo and right on cue, she goes yard with a grand slam and as they say the rest is history. Granted, there was a bit of drama later in the game, but for the most part the game was over at that point.
As I said before the series began, I wanted a sweep and as the game went into the 5th I realized how badly I wanted for that sweep to happen. A loss in that last game would have undone all the good that had been created in the previous two. Fortunately, Jocelyn and Sooner Magic were not about to let us down.
Now, we are one step closer to another Natty…
Hopefully with our move to the SEC, this Bedlam thing will go away, but until that happens, we are stuck with it. We will also be stuck all week with the incessant overuse of the term by the local media to describe the upcoming softball weekend. Those guys love to stir the pot and give OSU an extra boost any time they can. This is one of those times.
This OSU softball team is the best bunch to hit Stillwater since Sandy Fischer was coaching the Cowgirls back in the day. Fischer owned the state in those days as she won 901 games during her career. Fischer was forced into retirement in 2001 as Patty Gasso began breathing down her neck. Patty needs to keep that same pressure on Kenny Gajewski, the current OSU coach. That’s right, no wiggle room.
This week, the Cowgirls will attempt to duplicate or even better last year’s win production over the Sooners. Last year the Cowgirls beat the Sooners for the first time in over a decade. The good news is that last year’s win came in Stillwater while this year’s games will be played in Norman. The bad news is that this year’s OSU team is much better than the one that Coach G. put out there last year.
Here’s the bottom line…the Sooners need to sweep OSU in order to shut these guys up and more importantly to nail down the #1 seed throughout the NCAA tournament. If we are as good as we say we are, we need a series sweep this weekend.