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HenryLouisAaron

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<< McCartney >> (outofzone)

Two points for you. 

I would have given four points to anyone who had responded with James Paul McCartney.
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<< And Tulsa still needs a backhand >> (3LT)

I think Tulsa has already received all the backhand they will ever need...
from Nicole Mendes (leadoff single), Caleigh Clifton (game tying HR), Shay Knighten (single) and Sydney Romero (game winning HR).

My favorite NCAA softball game EVER!
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Big 12 TV schedule

http://www.big12sports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10410&ATCLID=211694843

 

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Here is a new interview with Patty Gasso which runs about 12 minutes (from approximately 24 minutes into the show through about 36 minutes into the show). At the 24 minute mark she talks about her primary inspiration to both play softball and then become a coach (it was her mother). Then around 31 minutes in - she talks about how she started as a high school teacher/coach - then moved on to junior college coaching - which then eventually led her to ending up at Oklahoma. She went to see the WCWS when she was a junior college coach in the early 1990s and she had never seen such big crowds (and that was at about 2000 people back then). And she wondered what it might be like... IF one of the area colleges ever made it to the WCWS. She thought THAT might really be something. 

Around 32:30 they ask her about the relationship she had with former Oklahoma football coach Bobby Stoops - and she said he was a tremendous supporter of her and the softball program. At the end of that portion of the interview, Patty said this, "He gave me some great, great, great, great advice - and I will forever be grateful for it." And the interviewers DID NOT FOLLOW UP on that comment. How could they not simply ask her for some examples of that great advice???? 

That's right. 4 question marks. One for every "great" that Patty Gasso used in her comment.

At about 34:50 they ask her about how a coach can keep getting better. Gasso then said she made a real change in her coaching style - and became a much better coach - around the 2011-2012 seasons. She specifically mentions losing to Alabama in the 2012 finals (and the rain game)... and how she made a very conscious decision to not get bitter and angry about losing. She went on to talk about becoming more of a player's coach than she had been. She decided she had to meet the players half way - instead of forcing them to come all the way to "her way". She totally believes in incorporating the players thoughts and ideas into her decisions. She wants them to be involved in their program as a whole entity in every way possible. She made this specific comment about coaching styles: "I think the Bobby Knight days of coaching are over."

https://art19.com/shows/oklahoma-sooners-podcast/episodes/182c5288-7d91-4b8e-8bc8-27af37069467
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Gasso and select players preview the season in this video: http://www.soonersports.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ID=6240729

Interesting stuff about Alo perhaps in the leadoff spot, dominant pitching and team's mindset.



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More highlights from Gasso/player interview in the video above:

Lineup?

1. Alo (DP/LF)
2. Clifton (2B)
3. Romero (3B)
4. Knighten (1B)
5. Aviu (LF/DP)
6. Pendley (CF)
7. Wodach (C)
8. Arnold (SS)
9. Mendes (RF)

A couple of points: Gasso likes the idea of Alo leading off, getting her as many ABs as possible. She did it with Chamberlain, too. She also loves having a high-average, producing player at No. 9, to turn the lineup over -- hence Mendes down there. Romero-Knighten-Aviu are really interchangeable in the heart of the order. Pendley is very dangerous at No. 6 (.357, 4 HRs, 15 RBI in NCAAs last year).

Gasso says pitchers have owned this lineup in the preseason. Says Parker, Lowary on a mission but that everyone should watch Lopez. Says Lopez had a great fall and preseason. Parker Conrad is where Lowary was at this time a year ago -- hard-throwing RHP who's learning how to pitch. Mendes and Olmos will pitch in spots.

No significant injuries to start the season.

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Parker Conrad is where Lowary was at this time a year ago -- hard-throwing RHP who's learning how to pitch.


Interesting commentary on TWO pitchers transferring out of a D1 program.
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Interesting commentary on TWO pitchers transferring out of a D1 program.


I got to watch Conrad pitch in an OU fall game last year. She just seemed like a still fairly raw talent. I believe she was coming off an injury the previous season at Mizzou. Anyway, lots of velocity but sort of all over the place. Not crazy wild by any means, just not control in and around the strike zone. I think that's why Gasso compared Conrad to Lowary in February 2017. Lowary threw hard but was still learning how to pitch according to Oklahoma's pitching philosophy. 

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Paige Lowary learned how to pitch left-handed in the last 12 months???? Wow!
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I got to watch Conrad pitch in an OU fall game last year. She just seemed like a still fairly raw talent. I believe she was coming off an injury the previous season at Mizzou. Anyway, lots of velocity but sort of all over the place. Not crazy wild by any means, just not control in and around the strike zone. I think that's why Gasso compared Conrad to Lowary in February 2017. Lowary threw hard but was still learning how to pitch according to Oklahoma's pitching philosophy. 


As much as I love watching PC pitch (when she's on, she's fun to watch), she is far more raw than Lowary EVER was.  Lowary was pretty dang polished when she came in her freshman season.  If you're talking about OU having to rebuild PC much like they did Lowary, then we can be on the same page.
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I think we're in agreement. I think a number of programs focus not only on the mechanics of pitching and the tactics of pitching. I think Melyssa Lombardi at OU and a number of others also work on the psyche of pitching at the D1 level. Everyone gets hit: Ricketts, Parker, Barnhill. The real separation among lots of physically gifted athletes is resilience and mental toughness. It's the ability to be your best when on the big stage and when something bad happens. This is where I think Paige Lowary really grew last season. The Lowary who beat UF at the WCWS wasn't the same Lowary who got drubbed by Auburn in Mexico in the season opener.
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RahOKU:
“The real separation among lots of physically gifted athletes is resilience and mental toughness. It's the ability to be your best when on the big stage and when something bad happens.”

^^this is what I’ve been thinking all along on the difference in coaching between PG (and a few others), and everyone else
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<< Paige Lowary learned how to pitch left-handed in the last 12 months???? Wow! >> (3LT)

Lombardi really can work miracles.
Lowary is now using a special glove which allows her to wear it on either hand... 
which lets her decide before each pitch - which arm she will use to fire her next pitch.
You think she improved last season... just wait until you see her this year!

; )
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Oklahoma beat Weber State 6-3 and Grand Canyon University 8-1 to open their 2018 season. 

Here is how their starting lineup did in the two games:
Knighten 6 for 8 with a triple
Romero 5 for 7 with a double
Alo 4 for 7 with a HR and a double plus 2 BB
Pendley 2 for 5 with a HR and 2 BB (her HR was a bomb to CF way over the wall)
Mendes 2 for 6 with a double
Aviu 2 for 8 with 4 RBI
Clifton 1 for 6 with a BB and a HBP
*Wodach 1 for 6
Arnold 0 for 4 with a BB

* Lea Wodach picked up right where she left off in the WCWS... 
as she came up with runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out and was asked to bunt.
Of course the bunt was closest to the catcher - who picked it up and then threw it short of player covering 1st and well to the left of her... 
and the runner from second base scored easily.

Parker pitched the first 5 innings against GCU and gave up 2 singles, 2 BB and 0 runs while striking out 6.
Lowary came in to finish both games. She had 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 singles, 5 K and no free bases.

The only down side of the first two games was the performance of Mariah Lopez who started against Weber State. 
She pitched 3.2 innings and gave up 3 ER on 4 singles, a double and a HR. She did have 4 Ks and walked no one.
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Btw... former Minnesota pitching ace, Sara G is now a volunteer assistant coach for the Oklahoma softball team. 
It would be interesting to hear the story of how she ended up at OK. Anybody have any info on that?
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Patty did an Oprah and gave her an suv?
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This afternoon (Saturday 2-10-18) Oklahoma beat Montana 4-0
and then this evening they beat GCU 10-0 in 5 innings.

Starter Batting stats vs. Montana:
Alo 3100 BB
Mendes 4110 2B
Knighten 3010 
Romero 3233 HR
Clifton 3000 
Pendley 2010 BB, SB
Aviu 2000
Arnold 2011
Elam 2010 (Elam started at catcher in place of Wodach)

Sydney Romero was the offensive star of the day hitting a two run HR and driving in another run with a single.

Mariah Lopez started the game against Montana and made up for her mediocre performance yesterday by hurling 6 shutout innings. She gave up just one single, allowed no free bases and struck out a career high 11 batters. She had two Ks in 5 of her 6 IP. Nicole Mendes came in and pitched the 7th inning, giving up just 1 single. 

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Starter batting stats vs. GCU:
Mendes 1110 BB, SH, 2 SB
Romero 3100 BB
Knighten 1200 BB, HBP
Alo 4122 HR
Clifton 0102  2 BB, 2 HBP, CS
Pendley 2213 2B, BB
Aviu 2022 BB
Arnold 2000
Wodach 2110 2B, HBP

Nocole Pendley had a big three run double in the second inning. Fale Aviu had two RBI singles. Jocelyn Alo had a two run HR in the 5th that was hit so deep and so high that as it soared over the LF wall... it disappeared into the night sky. I'm not sure but it may have achieved orbit. Someone please check with NASA and let us know.

Lowary started the game and gave up two singles in the 1st  - and had runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs... 
but then came through with a strikeout to end the threat.
The Sooners had scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st - and then added 5 more in the 2nd to make the score 7-0 .
Parker came in to pitch the bottom of the 2nd. PP then pitched the next 2.1 innings and gave up 2 singles while striking out 1. 
Melanie Olmos came in for the next 1.0 IP and had 1 K while allowing no base runners. 
Nicole Mendes came in with one out and nobody on in the bottom of the 5th to finish the game - and retired the last 2 batters. 
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Oklahoma beat Pacific 7-0 today. 

Starter batting stats:
Mendes 4000 
Romero 2001  SF
Knighten 3000
Alo 3110
Pendley 3120 
Clifton 3121  2B, SB
Aviu 1100  BB
Arnold 2222  2 SB
Wodach 1113  HR,  BB

Clifton and Pendley had good games on offense today (both going 2 for 3)
but the two standout hitters were Kelsey Arnold with two RBI singles plus two SB...
and Lea Wodach with a 3 run HR plus a BB. 

Parker started the game and pitched five shutout innings - giving up just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 6.
Nicole Mendes pitched the last 2 innings and gave up 2 hits, no walks, no runs - and got one K.
Paige Parker is now 3-0 after the team has played 5 games. Lowary and Lopez are each 1-0. 
The pitching staff has surrendered just 4 runs in 5 games... with 3 shutouts in the last 3 games.
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<< Paige Lowary learned how to pitch left-handed in the last 12 months???? Wow! >> (3LT)

Lombardi really can work miracles.
Lowary is now using a special glove which allows her to wear it on either hand... 
which lets her decide before each pitch - which arm she will use to fire her next pitch.
You think she improved last season... just wait until you see her this year!

; )


Maybe they can teach her how to throw with her feet. Now that would be impressive.

Lowary, is an amazing talent that, to me, seemed lacking in focus. That seemed to change over the course of the year last year. To the extent that was fostered by Lombardi, good on her.

I wish Conrad well, but she doesn't have the same raw talent as lowary.
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Indisputable IMO... lefty who can hit 70 with movement... don't grow on trees
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I have yet to see Conrad.  The Lowary that I saw in February, 2017 seemed to be no relation to the one who was on the team in May, 2017.  One had very ineffective control and  an inconsistency in delivery, the type who might win twelve but lose eight with mistakes.

The Lowary who pitched in May had a consistent delivery and a directed approach to each pitch.  I wonder if the shift wasn't employed to enhance the tendency to focus on getting the pitch where they wanted it and with definition.  She wasn't quite there yet, but had demonstrated the ability to be a very hard-thrower who might become impossible to hit.  They couldn't get past the shift which speaks to the effectiveness of whatever they were trying to do.  The Lowary who came to OU could not do that.
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I just looked at the OU schedule why is it so light? I only see Arizona and Arizona State maybe giving OU some challenges the out of conference...wonder why Patty went so light this year with so much coming back!
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I have yet to see Conrad.  The Lowary that I saw in February, 2017 seemed to be no relation to the one who was on the team in May, 2017.  One had very ineffective control and  an inconsistency in delivery, the type who might win twelve but lose eight with mistakes.

The Lowary who pitched in May had a consistent delivery and a directed approach to each pitch.  I wonder if the shift wasn't employed to enhance the tendency to focus on getting the pitch where they wanted it and with definition.  She wasn't quite there yet, but had demonstrated the ability to be a very hard-thrower who might become impossible to hit.  They couldn't get past the shift which speaks to the effectiveness of whatever they were trying to do.  The Lowary who came to OU could not do that.
she COULD do it, but was sporadic. She was untouchable against Oregon at nutter until udria ' s swing
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Oregon and Oregon State are on there as well. Patty didn’t go light because she wanted to go light, it’s more of who would or wouldn’t play them out of conference. Historically OU schedules a top heavy schedule early in season to make up for a weaker Big 12 conference
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<< I wish Conrad well, but she doesn't have the same raw talent as Lowary. >> (cjs4585)

Conrad has not made an appearance so far this season for Oklahoma.
They have used five pitchers so far...

Pitcher      G      IP    ER   ERA     H   EBH   BB   SO   W-L
Parker       3    12.1   0    0.00     5     0      3    13    3-0
Lopez        2     9.2    3    2.17     7     2      0    15    1-0
Lowary      3     6.1    0    0.00     5     0      0     6     1-0
Mendes     3     3.2    0    0.00     3     0      0     1
Olmos       1     1.0    0    0.00     0     0      1     0
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Staff         5    33.0   3    0.64    20     2      4    35    5-0


Nicole Mendes has made a relief appearance in each of the last 3 games.
The only ER that Oklahoma pitching has allowed this season happened when Lopez gave up two EBH (a HR and a 2B) in the first game of the season.
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<< I just looked at the OU schedule why is it so light? I only see Arizona and Arizona State maybe giving OU some challenges the out of conference...wonder why Patty went so light this year with so much coming back! >> (SballfanNBama)

You must not have looked at their schedule very intently...

Besides playing Arizona (#7 in three polls) on 2/24
and Arizona State (#19 in ESPN poll, #20 in FPN poll, #23 in NFCA poll) on 2/22...

Oklahoma plays TEN other non-conference teams that are ranked.

They play Oregon (#3 in ESPN poll, #3 in NFCA poll, #2 in FPN poll) on 4/19.
They play Tulsa (#20 in three polls) on 4/17.
They play BYU (#19 in NFCA poll & #22 in ESPN poll) on 2/23.
They play Ohio State (#25 in CSM poll, #26 in ESPN poll) on 3/18.
They play North Carolina (#28 in ESPN poll) on 2/24.
They play South Carolina (#23 in FPN poll, #28 in NFCA poll, #29 in ESPN poll) on 3/10 & 3/11. 
They play Oregon State (#28 in FPN poll) on 4/20 & 4/21.
They play Mississippi State (#29 in NFCA poll) on 3/2 & 3/3.
They play Nebraska (#37 in ESPN poll) on 3/17.
They play Cal State Fullerton (#43 in NFCA poll) on 3/16.

That is a total of 15 games against 12 ranked opponents in their non-conference games.

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They also play 9 games against ranked teams within their conference:
Baylor (#9 in CSM poll, #10 in NFCA poll, #12 in ESPN poll) on 3/29, 3/30 & 3/31.
Oklahoma State (#21 in ESPN poll, #24 in NFCA poll, #24 in CSM poll) on 5/2, 5/4 & 5/5.
Texas (#24 in FPN poll, #35 in ESPN poll, #44 in NFCA poll) on 4/27, 4/28 & 4/29.
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<< I just looked at the OU schedule why is it so light? I only see Arizona and Arizona State maybe giving OU some challenges the out of conference...wonder why Patty went so light this year with so much coming back! >> (SballfanNBama)

You must not have looked at their schedule very intently...

Besides playing Arizona (#7 in three polls) on 2/24
and Arizona State (#19 in ESPN poll, #20 in FPN poll, #23 in NFCA poll) on 2/22...

Oklahoma plays TEN other non-conference teams that are ranked.

They play Oregon (#3 in ESPN poll, #3 in NFCA poll, #2 in FPN poll) on 4/19.
They play Tulsa (#20 in three polls) on 4/17.
They play BYU (#19 in NFCA poll & #22 in ESPN poll) on 2/23.
They play Ohio State (#25 in CSM poll, #26 in ESPN poll) on 3/18.
They play North Carolina (#28 in ESPN poll) on 2/24.
They play South Carolina (#23 in FPN poll, #28 in NFCA poll, #29 in ESPN poll) on 3/10 & 3/11. 
They play Oregon State (#28 in FPN poll) on 4/20 & 4/21.
They play Mississippi State (#29 in NFCA poll) on 3/2 & 3/3.
They play Nebraska (#37 in ESPN poll) on 3/17.
They play Cal State Fullerton (#43 in NFCA poll) on 3/16.

That is a total of 15 games against 12 ranked opponents in their non-conference games.

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They also play 9 games against ranked teams within their conference:
Baylor (#9 in CSM poll, #10 in NFCA poll, #12 in ESPN poll) on 3/29, 3/30 & 3/31.
Oklahoma State (#21 in ESPN poll, #24 in NFCA poll, #24 in CSM poll) on 5/2, 5/4 & 5/5.
Texas (#24 in FPN poll, #35 in ESPN poll, #44 in NFCA poll) on 4/27, 4/28 & 4/29.


Perhaps PG sent OU's schedule to Bama by telegraph. We all know that technology is outdated, but it may have been the only available option (it is Alabama, after all).

Just kidding, SEC partisans. [wink]

I personally believe it will take a miracle for the Sooners to three peat. It's only happened, what, once in D1 history? But I look forward to another great season and, hopefully, another appearance in the WCWS for the Sooners. Good luck, everyone.
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I wouldn’t expect PC to be where PL was yet. PL had had considerably more innings against college hitters when she arrived at OU. Also, there is both a mental and physical “unscrewing” (i apologize for being so blunt) that pitchers coming out of the Mizzou program have to accomplish before they can become what PL is now. It takes a minute. Also, if i had my guess, I’d bet that OU is considering a possible redshirt for PC.
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28, 29, 37 and 43 are ranked? lol

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Okay, my bad I missed Oregon but outside of Oregon, ASU, and Arizona....who on that schedule out of conference will challenge them? I cannot believe you put Miss. State and South Carolina as ranked teams they're terrible
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