Feb. 24, 2010

 
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 No. 12 Oklahoma (8-1) at Cathedral City Classic
 Date  Thurs., Feb. 25-Sat., Feb. 27, 2010
 Location  Cathedral City, Calif.
 Venue  Big League Dreams
 Info  Tournament Central
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2010 CATHEDRAL CITY CLASSIC SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 25
(12) Oklahoma vs. San Diego State - 5:30 p.m. CT
(12) Oklahoma vs. Pacific - 8 p.m. CT

Friday, February 26
(12) Oklahoma vs. (1) Washington - 3 p.m. CT
(12) Oklahoma vs. Oregon State - 8 p.m. CT

Saturday, February 27
(12) Oklahoma vs. Hawai'i - 12:30 p.m. CT

RICKETTS EARNS BIG 12, NATIONAL HONORS
Oklahoma freshman Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) was named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week and USA Softball’s National Player of the Week on Feb. 23. Ricketts went 3-0 at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with wins against then-No. 21 Northwestern (3-0), then-No. 12 California (12-1 [5]) and Long Beach State (10-0 [5]). She picked up her first save of the season against Boise State. Ricketts recorded a 0.37 earned run average on the week, pitching 19 innings. She allowed one run and one extra base hit in those four appearances and tossed two complete game shutouts. Ricketts walked just seven batters and gave up just seven hits. She held opponents to a .111 batting average and recorded 22 total strikeouts on the weekend. Long Beach State managed just one hit, while Northwestern and Cal each registered two. Ricketts matched a season high with 12 strikeouts against Northwestern. Both honors were the first of her young career and the first national honor for OU since Amber Flores swept both national awards on Feb. 10, 2009.

FLORES EARNS BIG 12 HONOR
OU senior Amber Flores (Calexico, Calif.) earned her sixth career Big 12 Player of the Week award on Feb. 23. The honor came after her performance at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. Flores led the Sooners with a .573 batting average (7-for-13) and a 1.308 slugging percentage. She scored eight runs, drove in five and had three home runs in OU’s five wins over Cal State Fullerton (7-1), then-No. 21 Northwestern (3-0), Boise State (8-4), then-No. 12 California (12-1 [5]) and Long Beach State (10-0 [5]). Flores recorded 17 total bases and drew five walks for a .684 on-base percentage.  Oklahoma swept the conference’s weekly honors for the first time since Krystle Huey (player) and D.J. Mathis (pitcher) did so on April 28, 2009.

GASSO THREE SHY OF CAREER WIN NO. 900
Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso is three wins shy of her 900th career victory. Gasso began her career at Long Beach (Calif.) City College in 1991 and came to OU in 1995. Her current career record stands at 897-298-2. Gasso is 735-239-2 at OU. The Oklahoma program is also three wins shy of its 1,300th victory. All-time, OU is 1,297-690-2 (.652).

SOONERS IMPRESSIVE AT DESERT CLASSIC
OU went 5-0 last weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. The Sooners out-scored opponents 40-6 and defeated then-No. 21 Northwestern (3-0) and then-No. 12 California (12-1 [5]). OU’s pitching staff combined for a 1.35 earned run average on the weekend and Oklahoma’s offense hit 12 home runs.

VANDEVER FINALLY BREAKS THROUGH
Senior Lindsey Vandever (Davenport, Okla.) hit her first home run of the season against Cal State Fullerton and followed with another against Boise State. She also had a grand slam against California. Vandever hit .357 on the weekend, drove in six runs and produced a 1.000 slugging percentage. She also drew four walks and recorded a .500 on-base percentage.

RICKETTS FAMILY DIVIDED ONCE AGAIN
For the second time in as many seasons, the Ricketts family will don half Oklahoma/half Hawai’i sherseys and hats. Last season, the family was impartial when daughters Samantha (Oklahoma) and Stephanie (Hawai’i) faced off against each other at the Rainbow Wahine Paradise Classic in Honolulu. This season, it’s youngest daughter Keilani taking on the middle sister.

SHULTS GETS FRESHMAN SEASON OFF TO A BANG
Freshman Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif.) has gotten her rookie season off to a great start. Shults hit a grand slam in her first collegiate at-bat and of her four hits this season, five are home runs (two grand slams). Shults leads OU in RBI (18), total bases (28) and slugging percentage (1.037).

NIX LEADING OFF IN THE RIGHT WAY
Junior college transfer Haley Nix (Daingerfield, Texas) leads off the Oklahoma lineup and has done her job of getting on base. Nix is tied for the team lead with 11 hits but leads the team in walks with eight. Nix is hitting .440 with an on-base percentage of .588.

JONES OFF TO A GREAT START
Junior Chana’e Jones (San Jose, Calif.) has eight RBI on the year with a .762 slugging percentage. Jones manages to reach base 53.6 percent of the time and already has four doubles and one home run on the year.

RICKETTS A TALL TASK TO HANDLE
At six feet, two inches, freshman Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) is a threat in the circle and at the plate. Ricketts started all three games at Dot Richardson’s National Collegiate Softball Invitational and went 2-1 at the event. Against Chattanooga, Ricketts was brilliant recording 12 strikeouts and delivering the sacrifice fly that scored the game’s only run. At the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, she went 3-0 with 0.37 earned run average and picked up her first save of the season. She earned Big 12 Pitcher of the Week and USA Softball National Player of the Week honors after her performance in Las Vegas.

FLORES CLOSING IN ON RECORD
Senior Amber Flores (Calexico, Calif.) blasted the 45th home run of her career against California. Flores needs just three long balls to tie Samantha Ricketts atop the Oklahoma career list in the category.

OU AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Oklahoma is 154-138 (.527) all-time against ranked opponents. Washington and Oklahoma have both been ranked in all 12 series meetings. Oklahoma is 2-8 all-time against the nation’s top-ranked team. OU’s last win over a No. 1 team was May 22, 2004 vs. Arizona (3-2). Since 2007, OU has faced the No. 1 team just once - falling to Alabama 4-3 in 2009.

OU, UA RANKED IN EVERY NFCA POLL
The Sooners have been ranked in the NFCA poll since its inception, which spans 212 weeks. Oklahoma and Arizona are the only programs who have been ranked every week the poll has been released.

FLORES SELECTED IN NPF DRAFT
Senior Amber Flores (Calexico, Calif.) was selected by the USSSA Pride in the 2010 National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft on Feb 10. Flores was taken fifth overall with the first pick in the second round.

FLORES COLLEGIATE POY FINALIST
Senior Amber Flores (Calexico, Calif.) was named top 50 finalists for USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association announced Jan. 27. The 2010 watch list is comprised of 50 players representing 35 schools and 14 different NCAA Division I Conferences. The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 7.

VANDEVER NAMED TEAM CAPTAIN
Senior catcher Lindsey Vandever (Davenport, Okla.) has been named team captain for the 2010 softball season. The team selected the captain based on characteristics such as work ethic, positive attitude and consistency both on and off the field.

OU TO HAVE EIGHT GAMES TELEVISED
The University of Oklahoma softball team will have seven games televised locally during the 2010 season. The broadcasts will air via the Sooner Sports Network on Cox Channel 7 in Oklahoma City and Cox Channel 3 in Tulsa. The Sooners ‘ April 18 contest against Texas has been scheduled to air nationally on ESPN. The first locally televised game can be seen on Wed., March 3 against Tulsa.  In addition to airing on Cox, all televised games will also be available in OU All-Access, allowing fans everywhere to view the games.

OU ANNOUNCES RADIO SCHEDULE
The University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications Office and Sooner Sports Properties announced the Sooner softball team’s 2010 radio and internet broadcast schedule on Tuesday. The April 28 Bedlam game is set to be carried on the Sooners Sports Network, enabling fans to listen to the contest on the radio state wide. The entire 12-game regular season schedule will be broadcast live on the internet via Oklahoma All-Access, OU’s premium content site. The first opportunity to hear the Sooners live on KREF 1400 AM is March 3 against Tulsa. In addition to all of the KREF broadcasts being available through Oklahoma All-Access, a majority of the home games can be seen with over a webcast on the premium site.

OU TABBED PRESEASON FAVORITE
The University of Oklahoma softball team received seven of 10 first-place votes and tallied 79 points to receive top billing in the 2010 Big 12 coaches’ preseason poll, as announced on Jan. 15. The selection marks the second straight season in which Oklahoma has been chosen as the preseason favorite.

OKLAHOMA ADDS FOUR FOR 2011
University of Oklahoma head softball coach Patty Gasso has announced the signing of four student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent. Those student-athletes are Javen Henson (Red Oak, Okla./Red Oak HS), Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif./Roosevelt HS), Haley McGregor (Wichita, Kan./The  Independent School) and Brittany Williams (Santa Clarita, Calif./Canyon HS).  The group will begin competing for the Sooners during the 2010-11 academic year.