NORMAN — Oklahoma second baseman Georgia Casey refused Wednesday to make any excuses for her struggles at the plate late last season, when the Sooner softball team finished as the Women’s College World Series runner up.
Casey, from Sydney, Australia, played at a high level for most of her freshman season a year ago, prompting coach Patty Gasso to make Casey OU’s leadoff hitter just before regional play began.
But throughout the Sooners’ run through the national tournament, Casey struggled at the plate, recording only three hits in 19 at-bats during the College World Series.
Oklahoma’s first-ever international softball player entered the Sooners’ regional against Arizona with a .393 batting average, but ended the season at .346.
“She was almost embarrassed by that last year,” Gasso said Wednesday, during OU’s softball media day. “Number one, as a freshman. Number two, as an Australian who has not really been in the environment, or much less seen it on television very much, with the World Series. And Super Regionals, and the crowd, and the intensity, I think was new to her.
“I know that she’s just itching to get back on the field and make it right.”
Casey, though, wouldn’t give herself that out.
“I don’t think there’s really any excuse for it,” Casey said. “That stuff was new to me, but I’m not gonna say that was the reason for it.”
The Sooners open their 2013 season Feb. 8 in Phoenix against Stanford.