Feb. 11, 2010
SOONERS OPEN 2010 IN FLORIDA
The 11th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team opens the 2010 campaign this weekend at Dot Richardson's National Collegiate Softball Invitational in Clermont, Fla.
Friday, Feb. 12
No. 11 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Michigan - Cancelled
No. 11 Oklahoma vs. UCF - Cancelled
Saturday, Feb. 13
No. 11 Oklahoma vs. FAU - 10 a.m. CT
No. 11 Oklahoma vs. Chattanooga - Noon CT
Sunday, Feb. 14
No. 11 Oklahoma vs. No. 16 Tennessee - 9 a.m. CT
OKLAHOMA IN SEASON OPENERS
The Sooners are 26-12 all-time in season openers and 12-3 in the Patty Gasso era. Oklahoma has not won a season opener since defeating Louisville on Feb. 9, 2007.
OU IN FIRST-TIME MEETINGS
Oklahoma is 73-12 all-time in first-time meetings. The Sooners are 42-5 when a first-time contest is played at a neutral site.
SOONERS AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
Oklahoma is 152-137 (.526) all-time against ranked opponents. OU has a 3-5 mark against a ranked Michigan team and a 0-2 record against Tennessee when the Lady Vols are ranked. The Sooners are 0-4 all-time against the nation’s fourth-ranked team, the only ranking OU has never defeated. Oklahoma is 8-2 against No. 16 all-time.
OU, ARIZONA RANKED IN EVERY NFCA POLL
The Sooners have been ranked in the NFCA poll since its inception, which spans 210 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.
SOONERS BEGIN 2010 IN TOP 15
The University of Oklahoma softball team begins the 2010 season ranked in the top 10 of the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 with a preseason No. 10 ranking. The Sooners are 11th in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25.
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.
ESPN.COM’S HAYS RANKS OU EIGHTH
Leading up to the start of the 2010 season, ESPN.com writer Graham Hays has been ranking some of the nation’s best programs. In the Feb. 8 installment, Hays ranks the Sooners eighth.
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.
SOONERS 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.