Softball Hosts Arkansas Sunday in Fall Clash

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Karl Anderson
By Karl Anderson
Assistant Director of Communications
OCTOBER 27, 2017

NORMAN -- In a rematch from last season's NCAA Regionals, two-time defending national champion Oklahoma hosts Arkansas in a 10-inning exhibition matchup Sunday at noon.

Tickets are $7 for general admission and $4 for students in grades K-12 and senior citizens. Children under three years of age and OU students are free. A webcast of the game will also be available on SoonerSports.tv (subscription needed).

Oklahoma and Arkansas 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.

OU is coming off a 2017 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 to graduation 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.

Along with the 16 returning members, Oklahoma welcomes in five newcomers, including a four-person freshman class and transfer pitcher Parker Conrad from the University of Missouri.

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