11-4-2011 November 4 Update

NOVEMBER 4 UPDATE

 

OU Gives NPF All-Stars First Loss, 2-0
Sooners hold pro team to just two hits.

NORMAN, Okla. — In a game that featured a pitching rematch of the 2010 NCAA Super Regional, Oklahoma gave the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars its first loss in 18 games, 2-0, Thursday night at Marita Hynes Field. With OU’s Keilani Ricketts pitching against former Washington pitcher and two-time NCAA Player of the Year, Danielle Lawrie, it was Brittany Williams’ bat that produced the storyline as each team had just two hits in the game. 

The game was deadlocked until the bottom of the fifth when Ricketts led off with a double in the gap between right and center field off NPF’s second pitcher, Jamee Juarez. A sophomore, Williams brought the big bat next as she laced a two-run home run over the left field fence. Prior to the back-to-back hits, the Sooners were held without a hit as the first 12 batters went down in order.

Ricketts got off to a strong start in the first, striking out the first two batters she faced before the third grounded out to freshman Jessica Vest at shortstop. The second inning saw Ricketts retire the first batter before hitting back-to-back batters. After striking out the next batter faced, Ricketts loaded the bases with a walk before issuing a bases loaded strike out to get out of the inning.

“It’s an awesome way to end the fall season versus some of the best athletes in the game,” said OU head coach Patty Gasso. “We are excited, but we also learned we have to be more aggressive. We took way too many strikes out there. It may look easier in the stands or sitting on a bucket in the dugout like myself, but still, to have a chance, you have to have contact.”

Ricketts held the NPF squad to no hits through three innings before Juarez got the only hit of the night off the lefthander in the top of the fourth. Between Ricketts, Kirsten Allen and Michelle Gascoigne, the Sooner pitchers held the group of All-Stars to just two hits.

“I thought the pitching was phenomenal, as was the defense,” added Gasso. “We had some good quality at bats, but those who struggled at the plate leave here hungry because they know this is the type of pitching they’ll be seeing in the postseason.”

The Sooners closed out their fall exhibition season with a record of 8-0, having outscored its fall opponents 96-4.

COMMITMENTS

2012 – OF – Madeline Brungardt -Zephyrs Gold – St Louis University (SLU)

MD Chill, Brittany Jones  2013  LHP  Liberty University

 

Strike Force Guerra commitments

Megan Blank  University of Iowa

 

Alyssa Calderon  Caldwell College

 

Adrianna Cardoza  Cal State Bakersfield

 

Keila Elders  Hawaii Pacific University

 

Megan Fryday  Caldwell College

 

Chloe Kaneko  University of San Diego

 

Brianna Meyer  Indiana University

 

Bree Sandoval  Cal State Bakersfield

 

Miranda Tamayo  Indiana University

 

Bekah Sanchez  Iowa Western

 

With at least 4 other players with pending offers, we continue striving to prepare our athletes for the next level.  Here is a current list of our committed athletes:

 

– 2012 – 

Sarah Shadinger  Oregon State University

 

Emily Haslinger  UNLV

 

Tara Robinson  Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

 

Nikki Paz  Concordia University Irvine

 

– 2013 –

Ariel De Trinidad  San Jose State University

 

Emily Brucelas  UC Santa Barbara

    

 

 Pitchers needed

Dominican College, Small competitive Division 2  school in NY seeks a pitcher for transfer

 for the spring semester, scholarship available. Interested parties

should contact coach via e-mail at joseph.burbridge@dc.edu. Please have

release available if applicable.

 

Humboldt State University is looking for a pitcher to transfer into HSU for the

Spring of 2012. Money is available. Please contact Coach Sarchett 707-826-5960

or email mcm13@humboldt.edu.

 

 

 

 

2012 CALENDAR

Too early to start assembling the Spy 2012 calendar, but, for those readers planning to send items, they should be as concise as this offering from the Carolina Cardinals.

Carolina Cardinals Early Bird Showcase, Rock Hill, SC, June 8-10, 2012

Carolina Cardinals East Coast Fireworks Showcase, Rock Hill, SC, July 6-8, 2012

Carolina Cardinals Classic, Raleigh, NC, July 20-22, 2012

Carolina Cardinals Late Summer Showcase, Rock Hill, SC, Aug. 10-12, 2012

Carolina Cardinals Ray Chandler Memorial, Rock Hill, SC, Sept. 22-23, 2012

 
 

 

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