Feb. 8, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The 2007 University of Oklahoma softball team learned the hard way the truth in the old saying “You can’t win ‘em all.” But for the first 23 games, it sure seemed like they would.
The Sooners opened up the 2007 campaign with a 23 game winning streak, the best start in school history. Despite the astounding streak being ended by a 2-0 loss to Tulsa on March 3, OU went 36-2 in its first 38 games.
The Sooners capped off the year with a Big 12 Championship and NCAA Super Regional appearance, ending with a 55-8 record. The .873 winning percentage is the second highest in school history, finishing behind the 2000 NCAA Championship team.
The 2007 team showcased four All Americans, two USA Softball Player of the Year top 10 finalists and seven all-conference awards, including the Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Year.
The Sooners magical 23 game-winning streak began with dominating the Diamond Fun and Sun Classic Tournament, hosted by Florida International University in Miami. Oklahoma’s 5-0 performance brought back to Norman a championship trophy and a fire of momentum that would burn in the players’ hearts for all of 2007.
The Sooners began the tournament with a come from behind victory over ranked opponent Louisville thanks to a seventh inning go-ahead RBI single by Jamie Fox. The winning energy continued to fuel the Sooners as they defeated Illinois State later that same day.
The Sooners’ second day of the tournament brought two more victories in the doubleheader against the Fighting Illini of Illinois and host Florida International. Oklahoma’s four wins in two days slotted them into the tournament championship for a rematch against Illinois State.
OU was propelled to a 4-2 championship game victory by Amber Flores’ first career home run in the bottom of the second.
The Sooner defense was led by a phenomenal outing by starting pitcher and tournament MVP Lauren Eckermann. Eckermann posted a 4-0 record and 0.60 ERA in her debut weekend as a Sooner. She would finish 2007 with a 37-5 record as a third-team All American and Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Year.
The all-tournament team honor was also awarded to sophomores Samantha Ricketts and Traci Dickenson. Ricketts led the Sooners offense in the tournament with a .462 batting average while Dickenson hit .333 with two doubles and a home run.
Ben Coldagelli is a student assistant in the University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications Office.