College softball: Michelle Gascoigne has gone from timid freshman to seasoned senior

Proof of Gascoigne's experience is in the numbers: 16-3 record and 0.95 earned run average
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: May 9, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma pitcher Michelle Gascoigne throws against Tulsa during the NCAA Softball Regional at the OU Softball Complex on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Okla., on Sunday, May 22, 2011. The Sooners beat the Golden Hurricane in the second game 5-0. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives
Oklahoma pitcher Michelle Gascoigne throws against Tulsa during the NCAA Softball Regional at the OU Softball Complex on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Okla., on Sunday, May 22, 2011. The Sooners beat the Golden Hurricane in the second game 5-0. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman Archives

“She kind of had that sense about things a little earlier than me,” Gascoigne said of Ricketts. “She influenced me to work through things because she always had.”

The change started between Gascoigne's freshman and sophomore years. She said it was noticeable by her junior year. Now in her fourth year with the Sooners, Gascoigne said she's gone through almost every scenario in the circle.

“This season, I've had a lot of (games) where I've been working out of big jams against big teams,” she said.

Ricketts said of Gascoigne's growth: “It's been great. We really complement each other. It's been awesome to see her come into her own this season.”

Now, Gascoigne is ready to get back to the stadium where the Sooners lost the final game of the College World Series. But she's even more excited to return to Norman on Saturday for OU's final regular-season home game.

“It's going to be awesome,” Gascoigne said. “So many people come for Bedlam anyway and being our last game, it's even more special than it already will be.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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