• College softball: Sooners' personalities, talent shine in Super Regional win

    College softball: Sooners\' personalities,...

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    OU won 8-2 in the first game of the best-of-3 series Thursday night at Marita Hynes Field, with a berth in the Women’s College World Series on the line.

  • Oklahoma Softball Super Regional: Paige Parker rebounds after allowing first inning home run against ULL

    Oklahoma Softball Super Regional: Paige Parker...

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Louisiana-Lafayette second baseman Hayley Hayden handed the Sooners an immediate 1-0 deficit in Super Regional play Thursday, and the left-handed sophomore pitcher took a deep breath.

  • Big 12: Baylor's decision to demote Ken Starr figures to have an impact on Big 12

    Big 12: Baylor\'s decision to demote Ken Starr...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Starr has served as the chairman of the league’s three-member composition committee studying the issue of expansion.

  • Big 12's Bob Bowlsby: Baylor situation 'reflects on all of our schools'

    By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer, raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he was “interested” in Baylor's report that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles, but he said the investigation that led to the firing and other actions is not a league matter. “Coach Briles certainly has had a remarkable career at Baylor. They've won a lot of games and they've built a beautiful stadium,” Bowlsby said Thursday at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. “There's no doubt a sadness that goes along with his departure. And yet I think Baylor has been transparent in their handling in the matter. They've taken steps. I haven't any vantage point from which to evaluate that (Briles' firing) because I don't know the inside information on it.

  • Big 12 baseball notebook: OU's Jake Irvin takes shot to the face

    Big 12 baseball notebook: OU\'s Jake Irvin takes...

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Oklahoma starting pitcher Jake Irvin had a scare in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s eventual 6-0 loss to West Virginia when he was hit in the face by a foul ball in the fourth inning.

  • OU baseball drops Big 12 opener to West Virginia

    OU baseball drops Big 12 opener to West Virginia

    By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer, raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    West Virginia 6, Oklahoma 0 -- Oklahoma now awaits the loser of the Kansas State-Texas Tech game for a 9 a.m. Thursday elimination game.

  • Big 12 baseball: OU needs to win Big 12 Tournament to get regional bid

    Big 12 baseball: OU needs to win Big 12...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Hughes’ Sooners only have to look to last year to see that it can be done. Texas was the No. 5 seed last year — just like the Sooners this year — and swept through the field to stay alive and advance to a regional.

  • Oklahoma softball: What you need to know about the Norman Super Regional against Louisiana-Lafayette

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Oklahoma (50-7): OU rolled to three victories in regional play — Wichita State (7-2), Ole Miss (9-1), Ole Miss (3-0) — to advance to Super Regionals for a seventh-straight year. The program's 25-straight wins is four behind the all-time mark, 29, set in 2005. Sophomore left-hander Paige Parker is 31-3 on the season with 13 shutouts. Louisiana-Lafayette (46-7): ULL defeated Boston (9-5), Texas (9-1) and Texas A&M (9-8) in the Lafayette Regional. The Ragin Cajuns last faced OU in the 2014 WCWS and lost 3-1. This time around, they're led by sophomore catcher Lexie Elkins' .505 batting average, 18 home runs and 48 runs batted in. GAME ONE When: 8 p.m.

  • Norman Super Regional: Oklahoma sophomore outfielder Nicole Pendley heats up as Sooners extend win streak to 25 games

    Norman Super Regional: Oklahoma sophomore...

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    NORMAN — Nicole Pendley doesn't believe in superstition. At least not the sports-centric kind that might explain Oklahoma's 25-game win streak as hosts of Super Regional play against Louisiana-Lafayette Thursday and Friday. The Sooners have a specific cheer after their practices before games, but the sophomore outfielder simply says “we've become a better team as the year went on.” That was the certainly the case for Pendley in OU's collective three-game sweep over Wichita State and Ole Miss last weekend as she crushed two home runs. She sat down with The Oklahoman to discuss a variety of topics. Q. Have you had a chance to evaluate ULL film? A. "We actually jumped on board last night. Started doing our

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Talk about the Thunder, OU and OSU with columnist Berry Tramel today at 11 a.m.

  • Big 12 baseball tournament back in OKC

    Big 12 baseball tournament back in OKC

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    This is the 20th year for OKC to host the championship game. What keeps the Big 12 coming back to OKC?

  • OU softball: Sooners blank Ole Miss, win regional title

    OU softball: Sooners blank Ole Miss, win...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Oklahoma will play Louisiana-Lafayette in Super Regional.

  • OU softball notebook: Sooners to face Louisiana-Lafayette in Super Regionals

    OU softball notebook: Sooners to face...

    By Ryan Aber and Scott Wright | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    The Sooners are in the Super Regionals for the seventh consecutive season, the second-longest streak in the nation behind Alabama, which advanced to its 12th consecutive Super Regional on Sunday.

  • Oklahoma baseball: Sooners slugged by Austin Peay in season finale

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Oklahoma heads into the Big 12 Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will play No. 4 West Virginia at 9 a.m. on Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • Oklahoma softball: Sooners one win away from host a Super Regional after 9-1 victory over Ole Miss

    Oklahoma softball: Sooners one win away from...

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 21, 2016

    Oklahoma has now won 24 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in program history.

  • OU tennis: Sooners take down No. 6-seeded Wake Forest

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    TULSA — The Oklahoma doubles team of Axel Alvarez and Andrew Harris upended No. 13-ranked Skander Mansouri and Christian Seraphim to help the Sooners stun Wake Forest 4-0 on Friday in the NCAA Tennis Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center. Alvarez and Harris, ranked 24th in the country, won 6-2 to get the No. 11 Sooners off on the right foot. A 6-4 victory from Alex Ghilea and Spencer Papa gave OU the doubles point, then the Sooners won five of six singles matches. Wake Forest went into the tournament as the No. 6 seed. OU, which advances to the quarterfinals for the third consecutive year, will take on No. 3 seeded UCLA at 4 p.m. Sunday.

  • OU softball: Paige Parker, Nicole Pendley propel Sooners to 23rd straight victory

    OU softball: Paige Parker, Nicole Pendley...

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Oklahoma won its 23rd consecutive game Friday, beating Wichita State 7-2 in its regional softball opener at Marita Hynes Field.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Join columnist Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU and the Thunder in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • OU softball: Freshmen making a huge difference for Sooners

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    With a lineup that would rely heavily on freshmen more than any recent team, coach Patty Gasso had to take a different approach.

  • OU softball: What you need to know about Norman Softball Regional

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Oklahoma softball begins the NCAA postseason Friday at home for regional play. Here's what you need to know about the field in Norman GAME ONE When: 5:30 p.m. Friday TV: ESPN3 Tulsa (35-19, 9-9 AAC): The Golden Hurricane are in the tournament for the eighth time, all in the last 11 seasons. They are led in the circle by senior Caitlin Sill, a former Tuttle standout. Sill is 19-10 with a 1.71 ERA. Tulsa's other regular pitcher, sophomore Emily Watson, is from Deer Creek. Ole Miss (39-20, 11-13 SEC): The Rebels are in the tournament for the first time after setting a school record for wins this season and tying the school record for SEC wins. Ole Miss is one of 11 SEC teams in the field, with eight of those




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