WCWS notebook: OU deep-snapper Austin Woods throws out first pitch

The NCAA donated a dollar to every ticket sold. The proceeds are directed to the Oklahoma Region of the High Plains Division of the American Cancer Society.
by Scott Wright and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: June 3, 2013

Oklahoma football found its way into the pitcher's circle at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Monday night.

Sooners deep snapper Austin Woods, who spent last season battling Hodgkin lymphoma while practicing and playing, threw out the first pitch for Game 1 of the national championship series between Oklahoma and Tennessee.

The NCAA and Northwestern Mutual, along with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the American Cancer Society, teamed up to bring the fifth annual StrikeOut Cancer Night.

The NCAA donated a dollar for every ticket sold. The proceeds are directed to the Oklahoma Region of the High Plains Division of the American Cancer Society.


Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts took a chance to show off her speed Monday night.

With her team in need of base runners against Tennessee, the 6-foot-2 power hitter/power pitcher dropped down a bunt to third base and beat it out for a single in the fourth inning.

Moments later, Ricketts got a good jump and stole second base; she's 9-for-9 on stolen bases this season.

But the Sooners failed to do anything with it, stranding Ricketts on second base.


Monday night's attendance of 8,300 was yet another session record for this year's WCWS.

It was a record attendance for the opening game of the WCWS championship series. This year's event has set either a session or overall record at nearly every session.

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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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