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Softball: Arizona players say they’re seeking revenge against Oklahoma

by Jason Kersey Published: May 25, 2012
Arizona junior third baseman Brigette Del Ponte, shown here during the 2010 Women's College World Series, said revenge is on her mind as the Wildcats prepare to face Oklahoma in this weekend's Super Regional. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
Arizona junior third baseman Brigette Del Ponte, shown here during the 2010 Women's College World Series, said revenge is on her mind as the Wildcats prepare to face Oklahoma in this weekend's Super Regional. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE
NORMAN — Last year was last year, said Arizona coach Mike Candrea, adding that he’s focused on a new year and a new team.

But his players said during Thursday’s news conference that revenge is on their minds as they prepare to face the Sooners in a Super Regional, which begins with Game 1 Friday at 1 p.m.

Last season, OU went to Tucson, Ariz., and beat the Wildcats in a Super Regional, knocking the traditional powerhouse out before the Women’s College World Series for just the second time since 1988.

“I would say yeah, definitely,” junior third baseman Brigette Del Ponte said when asked if revenge was a factor. “Sitting at home on the couch wasn’t too fun … I really want to beat them and take it to the next level.”

Sophomore pitcher Shelby Babcock added, “I think it gives us a good urge to play our hardest against them. Last year, it wasn’t fun going home and watching them be at the World Series.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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