Oklahoma softball: Why the Sooners can't seem to shake Texas A&M

COMMENTARY — What conference realignment? Texas A&M may have left the Big 12 for the SEC, but you'd never know it if you're a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners. The Aggies are back (again) this week to face OU in an NCAA softball super regional.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 20, 2013
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photo - Lauren Chamberlain celebrates a home run during the Norman Regional of the 2013 NCAA Division I Softball Women's College World Series as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners play the Arkansas Razorbacks at Marita Hines Field, Sunday, May 19, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Lauren Chamberlain celebrates a home run during the Norman Regional of the 2013 NCAA Division I Softball Women's College World Series as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners play the Arkansas Razorbacks at Marita Hines Field, Sunday, May 19, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Gone was The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band playing its Aggie War Hymn.

Gone was the 12th Man.

Gone was the swaying Kyle Field.

Gone was the Texas-Texas A&M game, a Thanksgiving week treat even for non-Longhorns and non-Aggies.

Although I'm not sure the Sooners have had a chance to actually miss any of that about the Aggies.

Texas A&M hadn't been in the SEC five minutes when the men's basketball team faced the Sooners in the All-College Classic. OU triumphed that December afternoon, but it was a physical, ugly game.

There was more ugliness a few weeks later when the Sooners and Aggies met in the Cotton Bowl — but it was really only gnarly for the guys in crimson. Texas A&M and the one-man wrecking crew known as Johnny Manziel took it to OU.

And now comes the softball regional.

The Sooners look like a team for the ages.

They have a dominant ace in Keilani Ricketts. She posted a 1.21 ERA, a miniscule mark in college softball. She struck out 291 batters. She has five no-hitters — this season.

That would be enough to make the Sooners a tough bunch, but they have an offense that makes them downright scary. OU is hitting .338 as a team, third best in the country, and has smashed 86 home runs.

The team that's hit the most?

Texas A&M.

The Aggies have 101 homers.

Of course.

The Sooners and the Aggies start up their rivalry again at 6 p.m. Thursday — if the rivalry ever really stopped.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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