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RahOKU

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The defending national champs are ready to go. Here's a podcast with Patty Gasso in which she describes the 2017 Sooners as extremely talented and deep, supplemented by a strong freshman class.

Of those first-years, Gasso mentioned Alissa Dalton out of Houston as one who will be an everyday player one way or another. Dalton was an infielder in high school, but because OU returns its entire infield from last year, Dalton will play in the OF. Gasso says she is good enough to move into the infield in the event of injury or whatever.

This is interesting: Gasso says they had an intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday, complete with umpires, in which she matched a team of projected starters with one of non-starters. She said the non-starters run-ruled the starters!

Anyways, here's the lineup Patty noted during the interview:

1. Caleigh Clifton 2B
2. Alissa Dalton LF
3. Fale Aviu RF
4. Syd Romero 3B
5. Shay Knighten 1B
6. Nicole Pendley CF
7. Paige Parker DP
8. Lea Wodach C
9. Kelsey Arnold SS


RahOKU

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Interesting that it looks like Gasso will have Parker hitting. She said Parker has been clubbing things around in practice. Last season I don't think they could bat her because the pitching was so thin.
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I think the other teams should ban ou from paying for the next 7 years. Kidding but GEEEZ can this team get any scarier?
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It's gotta be a stacked lineup to move Knighten from the 4 hole to the 5 hole.
RahOKU

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The thing that really stands out in the Gasso interview is how much she thinks of Dalton. Coach must be really confident in her, putting her on the 2-spot.
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Washington is the next victim today!
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Washington is the next victim today!


That would be a NO!
RahOKU

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Historically slow-starting Sooners at it again. Congrats to UW.
OUsoftball

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Well this was a crappy weekend. This team has a long way to go before they're number 1. Lost both their games to ranked teams. Wtf. The #1 ranked team shouldn't be losing these games.
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Can't believe they lost to these fraud teams.
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No one cares what your record is after five games.
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Pretty sure OU started off worse last season, 0-2 and it ended up ok for them.
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Can't believe they lost to these fraud teams.



Certainly raises the question about who the "fraud team" is. 

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OU started off slow last year and was the best team and national champ by the end of the year. Maybe that is relevant for this year, and maybe not. I watched the 2 games they lost. They looked average as hell, and didn't seem to care much.
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RahOKU

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As dismaying as it is to have OU lose twice opening weekend, it is opening weekend. I believe the bats will get going, and it looks like the pitching will be championship-level caliber. So, relax, Sooner fans. All will likely be well. It's all about the finish.
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Yep, one pitch can make you lose. One HR.

I'm not worried. 


RahOKU

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Yep, one pitch can make you lose. One HR.

I'm not worried. 




Me neither.

Disappointed with Weekend 1, yes. But not worried. They lost two one-run games to good opponents who did a better job of capitalizing at the plate. OU's bats will come around. Losing 1-0 is tough, because you're only talking about a little bit of timely hitting or one ball getting out or to the gap that ended up being caught, etc.

One thing I'm certain of is that Gasso will tinker with the lineup and batting order early, figure out who can deliver in certain roles and move on. She won't wait around if someone is too slow out of the gate. I expect next weekend will see some different players getting opportunities.

They can't ask for better pitching, and that's a reason to feel good about the Sooners' chances in the long run.
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None of the teams in Puerto Vallarta ran the gauntlet unscathed.  There were some good teams and some close games.  I wonder how much Romero's and Knighten's surgeries were affecting their hitting?  The hitting was not crisp this weekend.  Fielding was good.  It was nice to see a second and third pitcher emerging to help Paige Parker. Paige Lowary is good, and there is some evidence that Mariah Lopez might be good. 

It is no wonder that the second unit run-ruled the first in practice.  They seemed to be more into it.

I liked what I saw of Auburn and Washington.

Around the nation, some teams didn't play any real opposition.  I was a little impressed by Florida due to a win over Michigan.  UCLA, Oregon, and Arizona found the sailing smooth.  We will see how they do against better competition.  Tennessee and Minnesota may be good.
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None of the teams in Puerto Vallarta ran the gauntlet unscathed.  There were some good teams and some close games.  I wonder how much Romero's and Knighten's surgeries were affecting their hitting?  The hitting was not crisp this weekend.  Fielding was good.  It was nice to see a second and third pitcher emerging to help Paige Parker. Paige Lowary is good, and there is some evidence that Mariah Lopez might be good. 

It is no wonder that the second unit run-ruled the first in practice.  They seemed to be more into it.

I liked what I saw of Auburn and Washington.

Around the nation, some teams didn't play any real opposition.  I was a little impressed by Florida due to a win over Michigan.  UCLA, Oregon, and Arizona found the sailing smooth.  We will see how they do against better competition.  Tennessee and Minnesota may be good.


I wouldn't say it was smooth sailing for Oregon. Yes they won their games but could have lost a couple.
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It's true. Seattle game was a mess for the Ducks.
RahOKU

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Sooners get the bats going early in 14-0 win over UIW in Houston, scoring 11 in first. Youngster pitchers Mariah Lopez, Nicole Mendes and Melanie Olmos all pitched. Ole Miss later today....
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Oklahoma tops Ole Miss in Houston, 11-8. Shay Knighten 4-4 to lead OU.

Strange game. Sooners led 11-3 into the B7, gave up 5 in the last frame of a game that lasted 3:29.

Lowary, in relief of Parker, gave up just one hit in 2+ innings of work, but walked 3, hit 3 batters and threw 5 wild pitches. Lopez closed out the 7th with three strikeouts, but surrendered a 3-run HR to former Sooner Brittany Finney, who has been scuffling at the plate on her first few games as a Reb.

Weather delayed the entire day's schedule. The last game of the day, Rhode Island-Houston, didn't start until nearly 11:30 pm.

OU plays Houston twice today.
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Oklahoma tops Ole Miss in Houston, 11-8. Shay Knighten 4-4 to lead OU.

Strange game. Sooners led 11-3 into the B7, gave up 5 in the last frame of a game that lasted 3:29.

Lowary, in relief of Parker, gave up just one hit in 2+ innings of work, but walked 3, hit 3 batters and threw 5 wild pitches. Lopez closed out the 7th with three strikeouts, but surrendered a 3-run HR to former Sooner Brittany Finney, who has been scuffling at the plate on her first few games as a Reb.

Weather delayed the entire day's schedule. The last game of the day, Rhode Island-Houston, didn't start until nearly 11:30 pm.

OU plays Houston twice today.


Score was much closer than the game actually indicated. OU loaded the bases in like 6/7 innings. Could've been much worse.
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Score was much closer than the game actually indicated. OU loaded the bases in like 6/7 innings. Could've been much worse.


This is true. A couple of timely hits and this would have been a run-rule job.
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Score is the score
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Score is the score


And a win is a win.
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OU went 4-0 hohum. That's more like it.
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OU went 4-0 hohum. That's more like it.


Yeah, hohum....two extra inning games vs Houston.
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Houston has decent pitching. In both games. Will be interesting to see how they do. 
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Just saw Ole Miss run ruled them today (Houston).
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