NORMAN – The two-time defending national champion Oklahoma softball team unveiled its eight-game fall exhibition schedule Tuesday. All eight games will take place at Marita Hynes Field.
The fall schedule starts the weekend of Sept. 29 with the annual Fall Festival Tournament. Oklahoma opens play on Friday, Sept. 29, against Trinity Valley Community College at 4:45 p.m. before facing Temple College at 7 p.m. later that night. OU then plays twice Saturday with games at 4:45 p.m. against Seminole State and 7 p.m. against Northern Oklahoma.
Two and a half weeks later, the fall schedule picks back up when the Sooners take the field on Tuesday, Oct. 18 against North Central Texas College at 6 p.m.
Later in the month, OU hosts Arkansas in a doubleheader that begins at noon on Oct. 29. The teams met twice last year with Oklahoma capturing a 4-2 win during the regular season on April 5 and a 5-3 victory over the Razorbacks in an elimination game during the NCAA Regional on May 20.
Oklahoma then closes out the fall slate on Friday, Nov. 3 when it hosts North Texas at 6 p.m. Ten different Sooners had a hit when OU beat the Mean Green during the regular season, an 8-0, six-inning victory on April 18.
OU is coming off a season in which the Sooners won their second straight national title, third in the last five years and fourth overall. Oklahoma is also the six-time defending Big 12 champion, a run never before seen in the conference, after sweeping the regular season and tournament titles. The Sooners finished the 2017 season with a 61-9 record as they made their 11th appearance at the Women’s College World Series.
The team loses just one player from last year's squad and returns Second-Team All-Americans Caleigh Clifton, Shay Knighten (reigning Big 12 Player of the Year and WCWS Most Outstanding Player) and Paige Parker (three-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Year) in 2018.
In addition to Clifton, Knighten and Parker, returning all-region honorees include senior Nicole Pendley, juniors Falepolima Aviu and Sydney Romero, and freshman Nicole Mendes. Additionally, WCWS All-Tournament Team member Paige Lowary is also back for her senior season.