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  Keilani Ricketts Mexico Blog | Oct. 23, 2011

Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts is in Guadalajara, Mexico as a member of the USA Softball Women's National Team at the Pan American Games.

Today was the last day of pool play before we start the medal round and I feel like time is moving so much faster since we started playing games instead of practicing all the time. So far we are 6-0 in the pool play and our bats are on fire, which as everyone knows is a pitcher's dream! Even though the fences are taller and further than we're used to, a few of our girls have still hit some homeruns!

I got my first start against Mexico the other night and it was pretty cool because the pitcher that was starting for them currently lives in Oklahoma and is a big OU fan! She is the pitching coach at Southern Nazarene University and was very welcoming to our team which I thought was cool of her. I was really excited since they were the home team so I knew there would be a lot of people in the crowd that night cheering for Mexico so I knew the atmosphere would be electric. With it being my first start and it being against Mexico I was full of adrenaline and it got the best of me at the beginning of the game.

The first pitch of the game was supposed to be a curve ball for a strike and (with the help of my adrenaline) I threw it over the lead off batter's head at about 70 mph. She fell on her butt and I think every single person in the stadium was booing me as if I was it was intentional. I felt bad, but thankfully it didn't hit her... Oops! Welcome to Mexico!

My teammates had my back and quickly silenced the crowd with their bats by putting up seven runs in a five-inning run rule. Outside of softball our team is having a lot of fun and staying safe. We have to stay in the village at all times which is well secured because the areas where we are staying are rough areas. I have to say, I have never been around so many police officers with machine guns in their laps. At first it scared me, but now it is so common I don't even look twice. The police officers are all over the village, all around the village and circling it in a helicopter a few times a day as if the president was here. Since there is a Starbucks inside, my team and many of the other USA teams are kept satisfied with the comforts of home. We stick to the cafeteria food for meals daily but hopefully I'll be able to say I tried something new outside the village cafeteria before we leave!

  Keilani Ricketts Mexico Blog | Oct. 17, 2011

Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts is in Guadalajara, Mexico as a member of the USA Softball Women's National Team at the Pan American Games. Ricketts and the U.S. squad kick off action on Oct. 17 vs. Venezuela.

We have been here in Guadalajara, Mexico for a few days and so far I am having a blast with my teammates. There was a bit of culture shock initially but we are excited for this great opportunity to live and play in a different culture. We are living in a village with roughly 6,000 athletes from 42 different countries. There are three main buildings where all the athletes stay: one for Mexico, one for the United States (since we both have the most athletes) and one for the rest of the athletes. I share my apartment with seven of my teammates. Four of us share the main room and the other four stay in two smaller rooms near the back. All of the apartments have balconies and it's very cool to walk by the other countries buildings and hear the different music playing from each culture.

On Friday we had the opening ceremony for the Pan Am games. It was very exciting to see all the countries together and be able to march with all the other athletes and represent the USA. The arena was about a mile walk from where we were staying in the village. While we were walking there we felt like celebrities because of the many people standing behind the gates cheering for us. They were taking pictures of us and chanting "USA!" the whole way to the arena, it was pretty cool!

When we were in the tunnel waiting to get our names announced at the ceremony, all the different countries around us were doing their different cultural chants or cheers. I got goose bumps hearing all the U.S. athletes chanting "USA!" as loud as we could. When we got inside the arena and our name was announced my goose bumps got even bigger as we walked around waving to the thousands in the crowd. I felt like I was in a dream, it was so surreal. They had the governor and president speak to us and there were a few famous Hispanic celebrities that performed for us.

We've been practicing in the newly built stadium the past few days and our first game is tomorrow. The fences are at 240 feet, which is further than normal for us (If you go to any college field the fences are usually range between 190-220). When we got to the fields today they had painted over the 240 mark and it read 220. We were told that they had miscalculated the measurements. (It still looks at about 240) The fence is also a good twenty feet high. Our fence at OU is no more than six feet tall. It's a big difference, but our girls are still having no problem hitting the ball out at practice! Can't wait to get the games started up tomorrow with Venezuela!

  Keilani Ricketts Mexico Blog | Oct. 14, 2011

Hey everyone!

I was asked to write a blog while on the road with Team USA during our trip to Mexico and stops along the way- so here it goes! My trip began when I flew out to Houston this past Saturday on October 8th. Yes all you football fans, out of all days I could have flown they decided to make my flight the same day as the OU/Texas football game! When I was walking around the airport I felt like I was in enemy territory because I was surrounded by burnt orange everywhere. I did get a little nauseous, but I knew I had to represent Oklahoma so I was strutting around with my Oklahoma suitcase like a true SOONER! Luckily, my flight was in the morning so I was able to watch our boys go out and show their skills on the field! Even more intensity was added to watching the game because I was with my fellow teammate, Taylor Hoagland, who is currently on the Texas softball team, so that added a lot of tension to the room between the two of us. Let's just say my Sooners came through with an overwhelming win between two great teams! This was the perfect way to lead into the next few days and got me excited to get started!

When we all arrived in Houston we started practicing and playing a few exhibition games against Texas A&M and Houston. Our first two games were at Texas A&M on Monday and it was weird being in College Station not wearing my Sooner uniform! Our doubleheader against A&M marked our first games together as a team since the World Cup in July, but it didn't take long to catch up because we sure looked good! Texas A&M is always a tough team to play but we were able to pull through with two wins with the scores of 3-0 and 12-2. We just played Houston last night and won 8-0 with the help of Val Arioto who was in beast mode -- hitting a grand slam and two-run homer.

Before we left for Mexico we had to go through "processing". I know, you're asking what in the heck is this "processing"? A lot of us had no idea what that meant but now we know that processing, when translated into sports talk, really means Nike Christmas! When we walked into a room in our hotel and they handed us a bag full of Nike USA apparel to our surprise! We were like kids at Christmas trying everything on and making sure it all fit. Then, when I thought it couldn't get any better, we got to choose a pair of Oakley sunglasses and my mouth just dropped. I had no idea how big of a deal the Pan American games were until this! We got shoes, sweat outfits, workout clothes, socks, bras, and everything you can think of! Being a part of this team and this experience has made me realize how incredibly blessed we are to be getting all the stuff we got and to represent our country while playing the sport we love. We don't play for the stuff though, that's just a perk. I can't explain the goose bumps I get when I think about being able to represent the country I love and all the people in it ( yes even the Texas and OSU fans too). Now we are headed to Megan May's (catcher for Texas A&M) house now for dinner before we head out to Guadalajara. Next time you'll be hearing from me I'll be in Mexico...Adios for now!

  Triathlon Results| Oct. 11, 2011

The Oklahoma team held its annual fall triathlon on Friday, Oct. 7, on the shores of Lake Thunderbird just east of Norman. This year's format changed from year's past as the bike portion of tri was replaced by a crossfit exercise challenge. Times were kept for both individuals and three teams of five.

In tightly contested action, freshman Callie Parsons took gold in the event with a time of 47 minutes and 13 seconds. Sophomore Destinee Martinez took silver for the Sooners with a time of 47:31 while freshman Erica Sampson claimed the bronze with a time of 47:37.

The team title was claimed by the team of Kelley Reeves, Allee Allen, Javen Henson, Parsons and Michelle Gascoigne as the group finished with a combined time of four hours, 10 minutes and 59 seconds.

Jessica Vest took first in the swimming challenge with a time of 6:46 while Parsons won the crossfit portion of the event in 8:37. Martinez was the first to cross the finish line in the three-mile run as she finished in a time of 28:31.

  Fall Workouts| Sept. 15, 2011

The Oklahoma Softball team is currently in the middle of fall workouts with Friday marking the first day that more than four athletes are allowed to practice at the same time.

Along with the individual workouts the coaching staff has been holding, strength and conditioning coach Nancy Derrick has been putting the players through a variety of fitness workouts in preparation for the 2012 season. OU Head Coach Patty Gasso talked with SoonerSports.com about the ongoing fall workouts.

  Sooner Showdown | Sept. 14, 2011

Freshman Lauren Chamberlain was part of a select group of OU student-athletes selected to participate in Wednesday afternoon's Sooner Showdown, held every Wednesday in Couch Restaurants. The game show gives Couch diners an opportunity to win a variety of prizes from the Oklahoma Athletics Marketing Department while spreading the word of upcoming Sooner athletic events. Chamberlain was involved Wednesday in a game of Deal or No Deal.

"This definitely gives people a chance to learn about what's going on with the athletes and the sports calendar," said Chamberlain. "A lot of times we're cooped up over in the athletes dorms and this gives us the chance to branch out and interact with others in the student body."

  Newcomers Numbers | Sept. 6, 2011

Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso and Oklahoma equipment manager Lauren Mork announced Tuesday the jersey numbers for the 2011-12 incoming freshmen. Australian Georgia Casey will don 42 with Lauren Chamberlain in 44. Callie Parsons will have 12 on her back and Kelley Reeves will wear 17. Sooner fans will see 63 on Erica Sampson while Jessica Vest rounds out the group with 27.

  Media Day at the WCWS | June 1, 2011

Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso and select players met with the national media on Wednesday in Oklahoma City. The Sooners play Arizona State on Thursday at Hall of Fame Stadium in OU's first game of the 2011 NCAA Women's College World Series. The Sooners also took part in a video shoot for ESPN and practiced at Hall of Fame Stadium.

  Regional Media Day | May 19, 2011

Head coaches and selected players from Oklahoma, Tulsa, Missouri State and Iona met with members of the media the day before play gets underway at the NCAA Norman Regional. View the Sooners press conference and complete transcripts from each team below.

  Oklahoma Press Conference Transcript
  Tulsa Press Conference Transcript
  Missouri State Press Conference Transcript
  Iona Press Conference Transcript

  Monday Press Conference | May 16, 2011

OU Head Coach Patty Gasso, senior Chana'e Jones and sophomores Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults met with members of the media on Monday afternoon to talk about the upcoming NCAA Regional. View a complete transcript of the press conference.

Video  Chana'e Jones on Hosting NCAA Regional Senior Year
Video  Sophomore Jessica Shults on Hosting NCAA Regional
Video  Keilani Ricketts on NCAA Softball Regional in Norman
Video  Coach Gasso Reacts to OU Hosting NCAA Regional

  Change of Plans | May 14, 2011

The University of Oklahoma softball team will not play its scheduled games this weekend in the state of Kentucky. The team will however hold a joint practice session with the University of Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington and the University of Louisville on Sunday in Louisville. Per NCAA rules, the sessions will count towards each team's 56-game competition limit but the teams have chosen not to count the sessions as official games.

Oklahoma will learn its draw for the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Softball Championship on Sunday at 9 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

  Ricketts, Shults Interview | May 14, 2011

Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso was the featured guest on Sooner Sports Weekly this past week and during the broadcast, SoonerVision reporter Alex Page sat down with sophomores Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults to talk about life off the field.

  Ricketts Earns NFCA, Big 12 Honors | May 10, 2011

Oklahoma sophomore Keilani Ricketts has been named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Player of the Week and Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week for her performances last week against North Texas and Iowa State.

Ricketts went 3-0 over 13.0 innings with a 0.00 ERA, gave up two singles and 22 strikeouts. At the plate, she went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, four runs, four walks and a home run.

The San Jose, Calif., native limited opponents to a .049 batting average last week, while herself turning in a .600 clip to go along with a .778 on-base percentage and a 1.200 slugging percentage. Her best showing of the week came in her team's regular-season finale against Iowa State when she turned in a two-hit complete game and struck out 14 to move into second on the Oklahoma career strikeouts list.

Ricketts is the seventh Sooner to earn National Player of the Week honors from the NFCA. It is her fifth career Big 12 honor and second this season. Click here for a photo gallery.

  Ricketts Moving Up Career Charts | May 9, 2011

With 14 strikeouts on Sunday against Iowa State, Keilani Ricketts (735) moved past Kami Keiter (733) on the Oklahoma career strikeouts list. The sophomore from San Jose, Calif., needs just 70 strikeouts to tie Jill Most for the career record (805). Ricketts ranks sixth in winning percentage (.727), seventh in complete games (57); eighth in innings pitched (496.1), games started (73), victories (57) and shuouts (22); and 10th in appearances (91).

  Ricketts Breaks Strikeout Record | May 2, 2011

With 10 strikeouts on Saturday at Texas, Oklahoma sophomore left-handed pitcher Keilani Ricketts became the Sooners single season leader in the category, breaking a 15-year old record. Now with 367 strikeouts in 2011, Ricketts' career total stands at 713, just 20 shy of second-place on the career list. Below is a statistical comparison of Ricketts and the previous record holder (and another southpaw) Jill Most.

 Most (1996)  Stat  Ricketts (2011)
 1.42  ERA  1.53
 29-12  W-L  22-12
 50-41 APP-GS  40-32
 32-12  CG-SHO  27-8
 3  SV  2
 295.2  IP  223.2
 183  H  157
 60  ER  49
 113  BB  61
 356  SO  367
8.43 SO/7 11.49
 45  EBH  34
 .177  B/Avg.  .191
 50-20 Team Record  35-16
 
  Duo Named to POY Top 25 List | April 13, 2011

University of Oklahoma sophomores Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) and Jessica Shults (Valencia, Calif.) have been named to USA Softball's top 25 list for its Collegiate Player of the Year award, the Amateur Softball Association announced today.

The list represents 17 schools across six NCAA Division I conferences. The top 10 finalists will be announced on May 11 with the top three named on May 25. The 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be named on May 31 prior to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Shults is one of the nation's top hitters, having driven in 55 runs on 42 hits. Shults ranks second in the nation in total home runs with 18, two shy of the Oklahoma single season record. Her .825 slugging percentage leads the Sooners and her 25 walks drawn are second best on the team.

Ricketts leads OU with a 1.45 earned run average. Her 279 strikeouts are fourth best in the nation and her 11.60 strikeouts per seven innings ranks as the fifth best in the country. Ricketts has held opponents to a .180 batting average and has allowed 35 earned runs in 168.2 innings pitched.

  Dobbs Named Sooner of the Month | April 4, 2011

Dani Dobbs has been named the April Sooner of the Month by the OU Student Life office. She was nominated for her outstanding academic performance, athletic achievements and community service. Dani was named to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 first team. In March, Dani was recognized for her outstanding performance on the field by receiving Big 12 Player of the Week honors.

  ESPN Interviews and Video Shoot | Feb. 24, 2011

Haley NixKeilani Ricketts, Jessica Shults and Head Coach Patty Gasso met with ESPN this morning to shoot interviews with Cara Capuano and images to use as the Sooners appear on the network this year. Click here for a photo gallery.

  2011 Intro Video Shoot | Feb. 22, 2011

It was a late night for the team on Tuesday as they shot the 2011 intro video. The nighttime effect provided a dramatic backdrop for the video, which will be played prior to the team taking the field at each home game. Many thanks to Ben Sledge and the SoonerVision HD crew for their work at producing and directing the video. Click here to see a photo gallery. Be sure to attend a game at the OU Softball Complex to see the finished product.

  View the 2011 Softball Media Guide | Feb. 21, 2011

Produced by the OU Athletics Communications Department, this award-winning publication includes updated student-athlete and coaching staff bios, roster, a 2011 season preview and opponent capsules. In addition, it contains a complete history of the Sooner softball program including individual and team records, award winners, year-by-year statistics and all-time series records.

  Jones Looks Ahead to Senior Season | Feb. 6, 2011

Today's blog post is courtesy of senior infielder Chana'e Jones. Last night we announced Jones had been selected as the team's captain for the upcoming season. Today, she shares her personal and team goals for the year ahead.

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I just wanted to tell you how excited I am to start my final season. It has been a fun and tough road, but I've made it and I have no regrets. I want to finish my career on the highest note possible and that is leading this team to the Women's College World Series. I may not have got all of my personal goals I wanted throughout my career, but this is it, and I do not want have any regrets once the season comes to an end.

I am getting the opportunity to go back and play infield in my final year. This is what I have been waiting for and I want to make the best of it by just playing as I did when I was 15. My main goal is to put the team first and get to the WCWS. Even though we will be young, we will be ready to compete against any team that steps on the field with us.

I have very high expectations for this team and there will be many special and exciting moments throughout the year! We need our Sooner fans to come out and support us!

Boomer Sooner!

Chana'e

  Talent Show Highlights Banquet | Feb. 5, 2011

The University of Oklahoma softball team kicked off the 2011 season Saturday evening with the annual Meet the Sooners banquet. University of Oklahoma Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students Clarke Stroud served as emcee for the event. Head coach Patty Gasso introduced the team and fans watched an introduction video.

A special highlight of the evening was Gasso's presentation of the captain's jersey to senior Chana'e Jones. The team selected the captain based on characteristics such as work ethic, positive attitude and consistency both on and off the field.

Attendees also had a chance to bid on several one-of-a-kind items in a silent auction. As usual, the evening concluded with the annual talent show. The senior class of Jones, Haley Nix and Dani Dobbs won the title but were given stiff competition by the other classes.

Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.

  Meet the Sooners Saturday Night | Feb. 4, 2011

The University of Oklahoma softball team will host its annual Meet the Sooners dinner on Saturday, Feb. 5. The event begins at 7 p.m. at The Embassy Suites, located at 2501 Conference Drive in Norman.

Following a casual dinner, a highlight video will be presented along with a short preview from Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso. Players from each class will take the stage for the annual talent show. The show is a fan favorite and promises not to disappoint as the Sooners showcase their best off-the-field performances. There is also a silent auction and the opportunity to take home Sooner merchandise.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under. For more information, please contact Barbara Stemm by calling (405) 799-8612 or e-mailing Bstemm8612@aol.com.

  Hays Ranks Sooners Ninth | Feb. 1, 2011

ESPN.com college softball writer Graham Hays has placed Oklahoma ninth in his preseason rankings. Hays spoke with head coach Patty Gasso late last week regarding the season. Below is an excerpt from the article:

The battery of Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults returns, and you'll have to excuse Sooners fans if they're a bit giddy in realizing this is just the first of three times they get to say that about two sophomores already playing at an All-American level...

To read the complete article, visit ESPN.com.

  Autograph Signing at Quail Springs | Jan. 29, 2011

The University of Oklahoma softball team signed autographs Saturday afternoon at Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City. The team met fans and signed posters at the event. Click here to see a photo gallery of today's event.

  Autograph Signing at Quail Springs | Jan. 29, 2011

Despite not having practice on Friday, the Sooner softball team had a full schedule of events planned. Team members met to film the introduction video for Feb. 5th's Meet the Sooners banquet and Jessica Shults questioned teammates for a between-innings segment for the video board. The fun didn't stop there as the team took the annual team picture and a local media outlet was on hand to get portrait photos for the upcoming season. The team closed out the day with a life skills training session inside the clubhouse's classroom. Click here to see photos from the banquet video shoot.

  Gasso, Sooners Meet the Media | Jan. 26, 2011

Wednesday afternoon was a busy one for the Oklahoma softball team. Following practice, head coach Patty Gasso and sophomores Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults met with members of the local media to talk about the upcoming season. Click here to read the full transcript from today's event.

  Sooners Ranked in Preseason Top 10 | Jan. 25, 2011

The University of Oklahoma softball team begins the 2011 season ranked in the top 10 in both collegiate softball national polls. The Sooners are ninth in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll and sixth in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.

OU is scheduled to face 10 teams ranked in the each poll's top 25, including the NFCA's top three preseason teams in UCLA (1), Arizona (2) and Georgia (3). Missouri was the highest ranked Big 12 team in the rankings at No. 7, while scheduled opponent Hawaii was eighth. OU is slated to face six teams receiving votes in the NFCA poll.
 
Arizona received top billing in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, followed by UCLA (2). Georgia was fourth and OU was the highest ranked Big 12 team at sixth. Missouri was ninth. Four opponents received votes in the poll.

Other Big 12 schools ranked in both polls included Texas (15/15), Texas A&M (21/19) and Oklahoma State (23/22).

  OU Tops Big 12 Preseason Poll | Jan. 18, 2011

The University of Oklahoma softball team received seven first-place votes and tallied 79 points to top the 2011 Big 12 Preseason Coaches' Poll. The selection marks the third consecutive season in which Oklahoma has been chosen as the preseason favorite.

Missouri (71) was chosen second and received two first-place votes, while Texas was third with 69 points and one first-place vote. Texas A&M (5) and Oklahoma State (50) rounded out the top five. Baylor (40), Texas Tech (33), Nebraska (26), Iowa State (15) and Kansas (13) placed sixth through 10th. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

The Sooners returned to Norman Sunday afternoon and got to work Monday. Tuesday marked the first day of classes and the first full team practice for the squad. Oklahoma returns 10 letterwinners from last season's NCAA Super Regional team. The Sooners return two All-Americans in Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults. OU went 47-12 during the 2010 season and finished second in the conference regular season standings with a 13-3 mark.

  SoonerVision HD Visit | Jan. 17, 2011

The Sooner softball team reported to campus Sunday and got to work Monday morning with an indoor hitting session and conditioning before making a stop at the SoonerVision HD studios to tape several elements for the video board at the OU Softball Complex. In addition to the video head shots, several between inning features were filmed.

The team's annual picture day was held in December and other video board elements will be filmed throughout the coming weeks. Classes resume at OU on Tuesday.

To view a photo gallery from today's studio session, click here.

  Meet the Sooners on Feb. 5 | Jan. 12, 2011

The University of Oklahoma softball team will host its annual Meet the Sooners dinner on Saturday, Feb. 5. The event begins at 7 p.m. at The Embassy Suites, located at 2501 Conference Drive in Norman.

Following a casual dinner, a highlight video will be presented along with a short preview from Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso. Players from each class will take the stage for the annual talent show. The show is a fan favorite and promises not to disappoint as the Sooners showcase their best off-the-field performances. There is also a silent auction and the opportunity to take home Sooner merchandise.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under. To RSVP, please contact Barbara Stemm by Jan. 26 by calling (405) 799-8612 or e-mailing Bstemm8612@aol.com.

  ESPN RISE Ranks Recruiting Class | Jan. 14, 2011

ESPN RISE ranked the 2011 Oklahoma recruiting class as the fourth-best in the nation in its annual countdown. The incoming class includes Lauren Chamberlain, Callie Parsons, Kelley Reeves, Erica Sampson and Jessica Vest. To see complete bios are each, click here.

  Bedlam Showdown in OKC on March 5 | Jan. 10, 2011

Another year of action kicks off at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame Complex on Saturday, March 5, in Oklahoma City, Okla., with The Preview college tournament featuring a Bedlam match-up at 6 p.m. The four game tournament also includes Auburn vs. Illinois-Chicago at 10 a.m., Oklahoma State vs. Auburn at 12:30 p.m. and Oklahoma vs. Illinois-Chicago at 3:30 p.m.

"Any time we get a chance to compete at Hall of Fame Stadium our team is extra motivated," said Oklahoma Head Coach Patty Gasso.  "It is a chance to get a small dose of what we hope to achieve at the end of the season, which is a chance to play on the field again for a national championship.  This tournament is exciting because of the strong competition and the opportunity to experience Bedlam for the first time in 2011. This will be a great tournament for softball fans."

General admission all-day tickets are on sale now through the ASA for $15. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-654-8337 or visit www.SoftballOutlet.com. Tickets will also be on sale at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on March 5.

The Bedlam game featuring the Sooners and the Cowgirls is the third game of the four game tournament. In the 2010 The Preview tournament, the Cowgirls beat the Sooners 1-0.

Courtesy ASA/USA Softball

  Gasso Honored by NFCA | December 13, 2010

University of Oklahoma head softball coach Patty Gasso was recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association at its annual convention for reaching the 900 career wins mark during the 2010 season. Gasso was one of nine coaches honored for 900 or more career victories and one of three currently at the Division I level.

In 20 years as a collegiate head coach, Gasso's record stands at 936-309-2 (.751). She was the head coach at Long Beach (Calif.) City College prior to coming to Oklahoma in 1995. In 16 years at the helm of the Sooners program, Gasso has a mark of 774-250-2 (.754).

The Sooners have reached the Women's College World Series five times during her tenure, in the process, advanced to the postseason in each of her previous 16 seasons. Oklahoma won the 2000 NCAA National Championship in its first appearance.

She has won more Big 12 games (199-64) than any coach in the league's history and has twice as many wins as any other coach in OU history. Gasso's Sooner teams have finished second or higher 12 different times since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996. They have won 75 percent of their Big 12 contests and OU has claimed four Big 12 regular season and four championship titles under her direction.

Numerous Sooner players have prospered under Gasso's tutelage and garnered national, regional and conference recognition. She has directed 36 All-Americans, 80 All-Region honorees and 107 all-conference selections.

  Race for the Cure | November 1, 2010

Back on Oct. 9, members of the softball team participated in the Oklahoma City Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. The Sooners actively take part in various community projects throughout the Oklahoma City metro and Norman.

  Annual Team Survey | Oct. 26, 2010

We recently asked the 2010-11 softball team to complete a survey about each other. We wanted to know the team's thoughts on who the best dressed on the team was and even the one most likely to leave their keys in their car. We're not sure how some people ended up ranked in opposite categories, but a few things we learned - don't trust Chana'e Jones with your car keys and Jessica Shults could one day win So You Think You Can Dance.

Best Singer
Keilani Ricketts - 44%
Katie Norris - 18%
Chana'e Jones - 13%
Jessica Shults - 13%
Kirsten Allen - 6%
Allee Allen - 6%

Best Dancer
Jessica Shults - 75%
Keilani Ricketts - 19%
Chana'e Jones - 6%

Best Dressed
Dani Dobbs - 19%
Haley McGregor - 19%
Kirsten Allen - 13%
Brianna Turang - 13%
Keilani Ricketts - 13%
Michelle Gascoigne - 6%
Destinee Martinez - 6%
Katie Norris - 6%
Jessica Shults - 6%

Teammate Most Likely to Become a Movie Star
Dani Dobbs - 25%
Jessica Shults - 19%
Katie Norris - 19%
Destinee Martinez - 13%
Brianna Turang - 6%
Keilani Ricketts - 6%
Cierra Hughes - 6%
Allee Allen - 6%

Best Cook
Katie Norris - 70%
Michelle Gascoigne - 6%
Kirsten Allen - 6%
Destinee Martinez - 6%
Keilani Ricketts - 6%
Haley Nix - 6%

Messiest Teammate
Keilani Ricketts - 50%
Haley Nix - 19%
Allee Allen - 19%
Michelle Gascoigne - 6%
Jessica Shults - 6%

Neatest Teammate
Haley Nix - 44%
Brianna Turang - 19%
Kirsten Allen - 13%
Michelle Gascoigne - 6%
Haley McGregor - 6%
Keilani Ricketts - 6%
Allee Allen - 6%

Teammate Most Likely to Lock Their Keys in Their Car
Chana'e Jones - 63%
Keilani Ricketts - 31%
Ali Vandever - 6%

  A Look Back at Fall Ball | Oct. 22, 2010

Today's blog post comes courtesy of junior Katie Norris and freshman Brittany Williams. The Sooners wrapped up fall competition last week and the two submitted some thoughts on the season.

KATIE NORRIS
Overall we had an awesome fall.  You could really see improvements all around the field and could see the work that the team was putting in really showed.  For me, the fall was mainly about becoming more comfortable at first base.  I still have improving to do but it is much better than when I began the fall.

The highlight of my fall was being able to face Cat Osterman and the NPF All-Stars.  You always heard how great a pitcher she was but actually being able to have at-bats against her was something I didn't think I would get to experience.  I am really looking forward to what to is come from this team during the spring and getting to know all the new girls that much better.

BRITTANY WILLIAMS
As a freshman, I was a little tense at first. But this was about getting to know my teammates. They made it so easy to get along with them. I really felt like I improved on my mental game and strength as a player. The biggest challenge for me was the triathlon. It really pushed me, and I needed that. It was a fun experience, a great experience, and I'm better for having done it.

The fall was a blast, and I can't wait until spring.

  Former Sooners Return Home | Oct. 16, 2010

With homecoming being celebrated on the University of Oklahoma campus this weekend, the OU softball program welcomed home more than 40 alumnae Friday evening at the OU Softball Complex. The day featured a facility tour for the alums and their families and a dinner prior to the start of the OU/NPF exhibition game. View a photo gallery from the evening here.

The festivities continue Saturday with a tailgate prior to the OU/Iowa State football game. The 2010 Sooner softball team that won the final Big 12 Championship title will be honored during the football game, as well as the 2000 National Championship team.

  Sooners Fall to NPF 2-0 | Oct. 15, 2010

The University of Oklahoma softball team closed out fall play Friday evening with a 2-0 loss to the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars (box score: HTML.

Starting pitcher Keilani Ricketts went 4.0 innings, striking out six. Ricketts only allowed one baserunner - Lauren Lappin reached on a hit by pitch in the first. Michelle Gascoigne and Allee Allen each pitched one inning. Gascoigne gave up two hits, while A. Allen allowed one hit and walked one batter. Kirsten Allen pitched the final inning, allowing two earned runs on three hits.

Jessica Shults was the only batter to reach base for Oklahoma. Shults drew a walk in the seventh and pinch runner Cierra Hughes reached second but was left on base to end the game.

Team NPF scored both runs in the top of the seventh. A solo home run by Francesca Enea broke the scoreless tie and Megan Willis reached on a single and scored on a triple by Shanel Scott. Willis, Scott and Angeline Quiocho each had two hits.

NPF starter Cat Osterman was perfect in 5.0 innings pitched. Osterman struck out 12. Jamee Juarez picked up the win in relief, striking out four and allowing the walk to Shults.

  NPF Back to School Tour Stop | Oct. 14, 2010

The University of Oklahoma softball team closes out fall action Friday evening with an exhibition contest against the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars. First pitch from the OU Softball Complex is set for 7:30 p.m. CT.

"This is a great opportunity for our team," said OU Head Coach Patty Gasso. "The fall is about competing, improving and learning, and we have the chance to learn from the best in the sport. I'm anxious to see how our pitching staff performs against their hitters and how our hitters respond to their pitchers. It's going to be a great event for softball fans."

Tickets may be purchased the day of the event at the complex ticket office beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT Friday. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youth and seniors and $1 for groups of 10 or more. All seating is general admission. Live stats of the event are available at SoonerSports.com. Both teams will sign autographs following the game.

NPF players scheduled to appear include former Oklahoma All-Americans Amber Flores and Samantha Ricketts, Olympians Cat Osterman and Lauren Lappin, Danielle Lawrie, Francesca Enea, Megan Willis, Jamee Juarez, Shanel Scott and Angeline Quiocho. The roster may change before the game.

  Sooners Continue Winning Ways | Oct. 7, 2010

The University of Oklahoma softball team continued its winning ways, downing Seminole State 9-1 Thursday evening at the OU Softball Complex.

Oklahoma's pitching staff combined for 14 strikeouts. All four pitchers saw action and Kirsten Allen allowed Seminole State's only run.

Keilani Ricketts reached on a single in the bottom of the second. OU then scored its first run on Javen Henson's triple. Henson then scored on a Destinee Martinez single to push the Sooners out to a 2-0 lead.
 
Chana'e Jones plated a double in the fifth and was brought home by Brittany Williams. Adriana Asano scored the Trojans' only runs in the top of the seventh.

OU rolled after that with Haley McGregor, Cierra Hughes, Ali Vandever, Jones and Jessica Shults all scoring runs. Dani Dobbs ended the game with a solo home run.

The Sooners close out the fall slate next Friday, Oct. 15, against the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars. The exhibition contest is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. CT.

  Team Competes in Annual Triathlon | Oct. 6, 2010

The University of Oklahoma softball team recently completed its annual triathlon on Friday, Oct. 1. The event featured a swim of approximately 700 yards, a 3.5 mile run and a 6.2 mile bike ride. To view pictures of the event, click here.

"I was very impressed with the team's approach to the race and the fact we had many contenders for the title," said head coach Patty Gasso. "The team took their training seriously and each individual achieved something special through their efforts.  I saw some mental toughness throughout the race and we know this is one quality needed in order to be a champion. It was a gritty team performance!"

Junior Katie Norris was awarded the courage award. Sophomore Jessica Shults won the overall title in 58 minutes, 33 seconds. Shults also won the swim portion of the event in 00:07.39.

"It was a really good experience," Shults said. "I enjoyed having the support from all the people there. I'm glad there are people that really enjoy supporting our sport even when we are off the field."

Freshman Cierra Hughes took second in her first triathlon, finishing in 00:59.52. Hughes also won the run in 00:23.53. Junior Kirsten Allen came in third overall, completing the event in 01:00.08. Allen came in first in the bike ride in 00:22.01.

"I thought the triathlon was definitely one of the most challenging things I've ever done in my life," Hughes said. "It was tough both mentally and physically, but I felt really accomplished after I finished. It was great to see the entire team be able to finish it. I think that says a lot about the people on our team."

In addition to having overall winners and winners in each discipline, the team was divided into groups and each group competed for a group award. The group winner consisted of freshmen Destinee Martinez and Hughes, sophomore Michelle Gascoigne, Norris and senior Haley Anderson.

  Sooners Back in Action Thursday | Oct. 6, 2010

The softball team returns to action Thursday evening against Seminole State at 6 p.m. CT.  Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for youth and $1 for groups of 10 or more and may be purchased at the gate. This is the next to last fall game for the Sooners. OU hosts Team NPF next Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

  Sooners Close Out Fall Festival | Sept. 26, 2010

The University of Oklahoma softball team closed out action at the 2010 Fall Festival with a pair of wins Sunday afternoon. OU defeated Odessa College 19-1 and North Central Texas 10-0.

In the day's first game against Odessa College, the Sooner offense exploded for 19 runs on 14 hits. Allee Allen went the distance in the circle, allowing one earned run on five hits.
Chana'e Jones walked in the bottom of the first and scored on Jessica Shults' triple, giving Oklahoma an early 2-0 lead over Odessa College. Odessa scored its only run in the top of the second.

The Sooners opened the second inning with back-to-back-to-back walks issued to Kaci Quintero, Dani Dobbs, and Javen Henson. Destinee Martinez hit a single to bring in Quintero and a single from Jones brought home Dobbs and Henson.

Shults' double brought in Martinez and Jones, and Brittany Williams walked before Keilani Ricketts hit OU's third consecutive double to score pinch runners Cierra Hughes and Ali Vandever.

Haley Anderson drew a walk and she and pinch runner Haley McGregor scored on a single from Dobbs. Henson's sacrifice fly scored Dobbs and Martinez reached on an error and scored on a Hughes triple. In all OU, led 13-0 after two complete innings of play.

Ricketts reached base to lead off the third after being hit by a pitch. Pinch runner Henson then scored on a double by Anderson. OU tacked on five runs in the fourth. Shults led off with a double and Williams walked before pinch runner Dobbs scored. Haley Anderson's single scored pinch runner Henson and McGregor's double plated an additional run as Quintero scored. Vandever then scored on a wild pitch before the inning ended.

After the first three innings were scoreless in Sunday's second game, the flood gates broke open for OU with eight runs against North Central Texas in the bottom of the fourth.

Jones and Shults started the inning off with back-to-back singles. Jones scored on a fielder's choice and a double from Norris brought home pinch runner Vandever and Williams. Anderson reached on an error and scored on a fielder's choice. The Sooners loaded the bases after a single from Martinez and a Jones double cleared the bases. Another double from Shults plated OU's eighth run of the inning.

OU added the necessary runs for the run-rule in the bottom of the fifth. Norris' single put pinch runner Hughes aboard and she came in to score on a double from Anderson. Quintero's single then plated pinch runner McGregor to end the game by a final of 10-0.

Kirsten Allen picked up the win in relief. She and starter Michelle Gascoigne allowed just one hit each.

The Sooners return to action against Seminole State Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. CT at the OU Softball Complex.

  OU Takes Down Wichita State, 3-1 | Sept. 25, 2010

The Sooners continued Fall Festival play Saturday night with a 3-1 victory over Wichita State.

Chana'e Jones ripped a triple in the bottom of the first inning and scored on a groundout by Jessica Shults to push the game's first run across the plate.

The Shockers scored their only run of the night in the top of third.

Shults went on to plate a double in the bottom of the sixth and came in to score on a single by Katie Norris. OU then scored the third run of the game on a Haley Anderson single.

WSU went down in order in the top of the seventh as OU won 3-1. The Oklahoma pitching staff allowed one earned run on five hits and totaled six strikeouts. Michelle Gascoigne pitched four innings and Keilani Ricketts got the win for OU in relief.

The Sooners return to the OU Softball Complex Sunday afternoon at 12:15 CT for a doubleheader. Oklahoma will face Odessa College followed by North Central Texas.

  Sooners Open with Pair of Wins | Sept. 24, 2010

The University of Oklahoma softball team opened play at its Fall Festival Friday with a pair of wins over Rose State and St. Gregory's. OU won the opening game 10-0 in six innings against Rose State.

Javen Henson put the game's first run on the board with a solo home run in the fourth inning. OU gained momentum in the fifth when Cierra Hughes, Haley Anderson and Destinee Martinez loaded the bases for the Sooners. All three scored on back-to-back-to-back plate appearances by Chana'e Jones, Keilani Ricketts and Katie Norris.

Jones then scored on a Henson hit and pinch hitter Brittany Williams brought the remaining base runners around on a grand slam. OU added the 10th run in the sixth when Haley McGregor scored.

The Oklahoma pitching staff allowed two hits and just six strikeouts.

After St. Gregory's took an early 2-0 lead on OU in the nightcap, the Sooners rallied back. In the bottom half of the second inning, OU plated five runs to jump back in front 5-2. Anderson went on to score Henson and Williams on her single. Jones added her third home run of the fall, bringing in Anderson and pushing Oklahoma ahead by seven.

Jessica Shults singled to lead off the fourth inning and Shults later scored on a sacrifice fly. Ricketts scored on a sacrifice fly from Ali Vandever to tack on an additional run. Dobbs plated a double, scoring Kaci Quintero. Jones then added her second home run of the game to give OU a 14-2 lead.

St. Gregory's added another run in the top of the fifth, but it wasn't enough as OU rolled 14-3.
Ricketts allowed two runs in her pitching appearance, one run was unearned. Michelle Gascoigne allowed just one run in the fifth. OU pitchers combined for ten strikeouts.

Action resumes at the Fall Festival tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m. Oklahoma's only game tomorrow is set for 7 p.m. CT against Wichita State at the OU Softball Complex.

  Fall Festival This Weekend | Sept. 23, 2010

The softball team hosts its annual Fall Festival this weekend. Several teams from around the state are participating and Wichita State makes the trek to play in the event as well. Games are ongoing at both the OU Softball Complex and across the street at Reaves Park. Fans can view the full schedule of games here. Tickets for this week are $5 for adults, $2 for youth and $1 for groups of 10 or more and may be purchased at the gate.

  Sooners Open Fall with 19-0 Win | Sept. 22, 2010

The University of Oklahoma softball team opened fall softball play Tuesday night with a 19-0 win against Oklahoma Christian University.

The Oklahoma pitching staff threw a combined 15 strikeouts. All four OCU hits were given up by Kirsten Allen.

Chana'e Jones plated OU's first two runs on a two-run home run that also scored Destinee Martinez. The Sooners added five runs in the third with Katie Norris, Dani Dobbs, Haley Anderson, Cierra Hughes and Keilani Ricketts also coming around. Martinez and Norris added home runs in the fifth to plate Anderson, Ricketts and Jessica Shults.

Oklahoma exploded in the ninth with Jones' second home run of the game. Another long shot by Kaci Quintero gave OU its fifth long ball of the game. A total of eight runs were scored in the inning, including Javen Henson coming across for OU.

Oklahoma returns to action this weekend, hosting the annual Fall Festival. The Sooners open with a doubleheader on Friday against Rose State and St. Gregory's. First pitch at the OU Softball Complex is set for 5:15 p.m. CT.