Sept. 15, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma softball team began team practice earlier this week following two weeks of individual workouts. Oklahoma opens the fall season against Northwestern Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. CT. The Sooners host the annual Fall Festival, Sept. 25-27. OU closes out the fall with two October games – Seminole State on Oct. 1 and North Central Texas on Oct. 14.
Last season, Gasso’s squad went 41-16 and won their fourth Big 12 regular season title. The Sooners won the regular season with a 14-4 mark. The squad produced a first team All-American in Amber Flores and a second team selection in Samantha Ricketts. The Sooners also had four players named NFCA All-Central Region – Flores, Ricketts, D.J. Mathis and Lindsey Vandever. OU placed eight players on the All-Big 12 teams.
For the fall season, the Sooners return 12 letterwinners from a year ago, including 2009 Big 12 Player of the Year Flores. Oklahoma welcomes four newcomers, including Keilani Ricketts from San Jose, Calif. Ricketts is the younger sister of former All-American Samantha Ricketts. Michelle Gascoigne (Benicia, Calif.) and Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif.) join Moore native Drew Wright on the fall roster.
Oklahoma will release its 2010 schedule and roster later this year.