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WCWS notebook: OU's lineup praised by South Florida coach Ken Eriksen

by Michael Baldwin Published: May 31, 2012


“I haven't seen that before in the way that he does it,” OU coach Patty Gasso said. “I think it's pretty effective, but I think it's probably a little tough for a pitcher to really get in a groove when you're going in and out like that.


“But we had a game plan … we had a strategy for every pitcher that they were going to bring out. I think it's a very effective strategy for them, because it's tough to get settled on one pitcher. We knew it was coming, we were just sticking with what we know.”




Oklahoma senior Katie Norris is no stranger to the WCWS or Hall of Fame Stadium.


And it's not just because of the Sooners' trip last season. The Stillwater native has been to the WCW almost every year of her life.


“My grandparents had tickets,” Norris said. “They still have tickets. Every year I've come and watched at least a couple games. You work for this your whole life in a way. Now to actually be in a position to win it all is pretty great, really.”




Ricketts' only run allowed Thursday afternoon was an unearned run in the fourth. She has not given up an earned run in 33 innings pitched … OU's win snapped a four-game losing streak in the WCWS dating back to 2004 … Chamberlain's home run, her 28th of the season, moved her into ninth on the NCAA's all-time single-season home run list.



by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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