Oklahoma softball: Atmosphere around Sooners makes Georgia Casey feel at home

Playing softball and being around her teammates keeps Casey, a Sydney Australia, native from being overly homesick.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: April 10, 2013
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photo - University of Oklahoma (OU) softball team pitcher/infielder Georgia Casey poses for photographs on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
University of Oklahoma (OU) softball team pitcher/infielder Georgia Casey poses for photographs on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

While she's matured on the field, Casey's personality continues to shine.

Sophomore Lauren Chamberlain remembers first meeting Casey in the dorms.

“Everyone kept saying, ‘The Aussie is here,'” Chamberlain said. “She wasn't even in her room. She was going around to everyone's room like, ‘Hey, I'm Georgia.' Being all loud. I think we clicked because of that.”

The two are known for being talkative and, well, loud.

Chamberlain helped teach Casey how to drive and took her shopping, to American restaurants and to Oklahoma football games.

Casey taught Chamberlain that there's more to Sydney than what Chamberlain saw on Finding Nemo and about Vegemite, an Australian food paste that Chamberlain called “disgusting.”

“I've also picked up on little slang terms,” Chamberlain said. “Instead of, ‘Oh, there's a spot' in a parking lot you say, ‘Oh, there's a park.' So I always say now, ‘There's a good park.' I say, ‘Oy!' sometimes in place of ‘Hey!' so she knows I'm talking to her.

 

“She taught me more than I taught her.”

 

That's what Gasso likes about Casey, and it's why she might add another player from abroad to the roster.

I definitely would go back for more,” Gasso said this week. “If I go more international, it's going to be Georgia telling me what we need in our program.”


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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