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  • Oklahoma Softball Earns No. 3 National Seed

    NORMAN -- Winner of five straight Big 12 championships, the Oklahoma softball team (47-7, 17-1 Big 12) has earned the No. 3 overall seed in the 2016 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and will host an NCAA Regional in Norman beginning Friday.

    The No. 3 seed is the highest for OU since being No. 1 and winning the national championship in 2013. Oklahoma has been a national seed for each of the past 10 seasons.

    The four-team, three-day event features Tulsa (35-19, 9-9 American) facing Ole Miss (39-20, 11-13 SEC) at 5:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN3, before Oklahoma takes on Wichita State (35-19, 18-6 Missouri Valley) at 8 p.m. Friday night on ESPN.

    Friday's winners will square off in the first of three games Saturday, while Friday's losing teams will face off in an elimination game for game two of Saturday's tripleheader. The loser of Saturday's first game will take on the winner of the day's second game in an elimination game later Saturday night. The winner of Saturday's final game will take on the winner of the day's first game on Sunday with an if necessary rematch scheduled for later on Sunday.

    Oklahoma, which claimed its 13th Big 12 title this season and is on a nation's best 22-game win streak, owns a 45-7 all-time record against Wichita State. The Sooners have won 32 straight against the Shockers, OU's longest active winning streak against another opponent. The teams met earlier this year on April 6 with Oklahoma winning 10-1 in five innings.

    The Sooners also faced Tulsa earlier this season, earning a 4-1 victory on May 4. Oklahoma is 39-10 all-time against the Golden Hurricane, including five straight wins where OU has outscored Tulsa 20-3. Oklahoma is 3-0 all-time against Ole Miss, though the teams have not met since the 2000 season.

    The winner of this weekend's regional will advance to the NCAA Super Regional round against the winner of the Lafayette Regional, hosted by Louisiana Lafayette, the following weekend with an ultimate goal of reaching the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

    Oklahoma has made the NCAA tournament in every year of head coach Patty Gasso's 22 seasons at the helm of the program and in 23 straight seasons overall. Last season, Oklahoma reached the Super Regionals for a sixth consecutive year.

    General admission all-session tickets for the 2016 NCAA Softball Norman Regional are on sale online at SoonerSports.com and over the phone beginning at 10 a.m. Monday morning at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU.

    Prices are $25 for general admission adult all-session tickets and $20 for general admission youth (2-18 year old, OU student & senior citizen 55 years and older) all-session tickets. Each day of the regional is considered one session and a session ticket is good for all games in one day. Children under one year of age are admitted free. OU students will have to purchase an OU student ticket for this event as it is an NCAA sponsored tournament.

    Single-session tickets, if availability remains, will not go on sale until the first day of the tournament at the Oklahoma Softball Complex box office. Single session tickets are $15 for reserved tickets, $10 for general admission adult tickets and $8 for general admission youth/OU student/senior citizen tickets.

    Orders will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.

    By Karl Anderson
    Assistant Director of Communications
    JANUARY 08, 2016


    NORMAN – In helping the No. 12/9 Oklahoma softball team to a 4-0 record last week, sophomore pitcher Paige Parker has been named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, the ESPNW National Player of the Week and the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week.

    Parker earned all four wins last week for No. 12/9 Oklahoma, including a three-game sweep at then-No. 19/18 Baylor to put the Sooners in first place in the Big 12. It was the first time Baylor had been swept in a three-game series at home since the sport was reintroduced in 1996 at the school.

    For the week, she threw three complete games in four starts with a 0.81 earned run average as she gave up just three earned runs in 26.0 innings. Parker struck out 19 and walked six while opponents hit just .234 off her.

    This is the second time in her career that Parker has been named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, also earning the honor for the week of April 6 last year. She joins former Sooner Keilani Ricketts as the only players in program history to win the award more than once.

    Parker now has three Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors this season, previously winning on March 15 and Feb. 23. It was also the 10th such honor of her career, putting her alone in fifth place all-time in league annals behind Texas' Cat Osterman (25), Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts (16), Texas' Blaire Luna (13) and Missouri's Chelsea Thomas (12).

    A native of Independence, Mo., Parker began the week with 4.0 shutout innings against Wichita State as she struck out four and walked one.

    Baylor had been shut out just once entering the weekend, but Parker did it in consecutive games. In the series opener, she struck out five and walked three in tossing her seventh shutout of the year. The Bears had scoring opportunities in the second and third innings, stranding a runner on third in the former and runners on the corners in the latter. Parker ended both frames with a strikeout. Baylor’s Kyla Walker and Shelby Friudenberg combined to go 4-7 (.571), but the rest of the team was just 1-17 (.059) against Parker.

    Parker was flat-out dominant for OU Saturday, throwing a career-high 8.0 innings to record her eighth shutout of the season. She now has 17 in her career, tying her for ninth in OU history despite being only a sophomore. She struck out six and gave up just four hits with no walks. Baylor was shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since the second and third games of the 2013 season. The Lady Bears didn’t get a runner past first base, and after a leadoff single by Caitlin Charlton in the fifth, Parker retired the final 12 batters she faced.

    Entering Sunday's game with a 28.0 inning scoreless streak, Parker tacked on 2.1 more frames before Baylor ended the streak at a career-high 30.1 innings dating back to Friday night against Kansas. It was her seventh career streak of at least 20.0 scoreless innings. Parker is now 17-3 on the season as she gave up four runs (three earned) with two walks and 11 hits allowed. She also struck out four to earn a win in her ninth consecutive start as the Sooners won 7-4.

    On the season, Parker is 17-3 with a 1.66 ERA in 122.0 innings. She’s struck out 136 batters against just 33 walks, has thrown eight shutouts and has held opponents to a batting average of .187.

    By Karl Anderson
    Assistant Director of Communications
    JANUARY 08, 2016


    NORMAN – Oklahoma senior outfielder Erin Miller and sophomore pitcher Paige Parker were each named to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced Wednesday.

    Miller is coming off the best season of her career as she set career highs in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.409), runs (56), hits (63), doubles (9), triples (6), home runs (8), RBI (52), slugging (.701) and on-base percentage (.508). She led the Big 12 in triples and triples per game (0.11) and ranked third with 1.02 runs per game. Her six triples were tied for the sixth most in a season in OU history and eighth most in Big 12 annals.

    For her efforts, Miller was named a first-team all-region honoree and earned a spot on the All-Big 12 First Team. She is the team’s returning leader in several categories, including average, slugging, OBP, runs hits and RBI.

    Parker burst onto the scene as a true freshman, throwing four perfect games to tie an NCAA Division I record and winning NFCA Freshman of the Year honors. She was also an NFCA Second Team All-American and a first-team All-Region honoree. A seven-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, Parker became the fourth player in league history to be named both the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year in the same season.

    The Independence, Mo., native led the Big 12 in earned run average (1.65), shutouts (9), wins (28) and hits allowed per seven innings (4.16) and was second in saves (3) and walks per seven innings (1.84). She also finished 13th nationally in hits allowed per seven innings, 14th in shutouts and wins and 19th in ERA.

    Oklahoma is one of 12 schools, and the only Big 12 representative, to have at least two student-athletes on the list. Georgia, LSU and Michigan led all schools with three selections. Miller and Parker are looking to become the second player in OU history to win the award as former Sooner Keilani Ricketts was a two-time winner in 2012 and 2013.

    Now in its 15th year, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, given by the national governing body for softball in the United States, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.

    The Top 25 Finalists for the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be announced April 13. An athlete does not have to be on the “Watch List” to be considered for the Top 25, but the eventual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will come from the Top 25 Finalists.

    The Top 10 Finalists will be announced May 11 and the Top 3 announced May 25. The 2015 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be revealed May 31.

    By Karl Anderson
    Assistant Director of Communications
    JANUARY 08, 2016


    NORMAN – Oklahoma freshman infielder Sydney Romero has been selected for the USA Softball Women’s Elite Team, the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball announced Friday. She was one of 18 chosen for the roster after the four-day Women’s National Team Selection Camp in Irvine, Calif., which began Saturday.

    The Elite Team will participate in a series of exhibition games against the Women's National Team, in addition to the World Cup of Softball XI. It will also participate in exhibition games at the USA Softball JO Cup in Marietta, Ga. Dates for exhibition games have not yet been released.

    Romero, who spent last summer playing for the USA Junior Women’s National Team, is one of eight freshmen on the OU roster this season. In the first five games of the fall exhibition schedule she went 14-16 at the plate for a batting average of .875. Of her 14 hits, two were home runs and three were doubles to help give her a 1.438 slugging percentage and .882 on-base percentage.

    In addition, she scored seven runs, stole two bases and did not commit an error in 11 chances in the field.

    "Sydney is a very complete player and has all the tools necessary to become a collegiate superstar,” Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso said of Romero on National Signing Day in 2014. “She has great speed, good actions on the infield and is a pure hitter with a great eye for the ball. She comes from another very athletic family and I’m confident Sydney will become a legendary Sooner during her four years at OU."

    Oklahoma opens the 2016 softball season on Feb. 12 at the Sportco Kick Off Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Sooners face Minnesota and Washington on opening day, two teams that reached the postseason a year ago.

    By Karl Anderson
    Assistant Director of Communications
    JANUARY 08, 2016

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