OSU drops a tough one against Texas and OU rallies to win, setting up Bedlam – again

OU and OSU will meet for the 7th and final time this baseball season (unless something REALLY weird happens in the post-season) in the elimination bracket of the Big 12 baseball tournament at Bricktown Ballpark. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Friday night. I really feel for OSU starter Jon Perrin, who likely impressed pro scouts with his 6 and 1/3 innings pitched. Allowing just one run early, his team gave him no support – mainly due to Texas’ terrific play behind two pitchers defensively. Texas beat the Cowboys 3-0. OU won earlier in the day with a wild finish, scoring 3 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th for a walk-off 9-8 win over Texas Tech. Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma 13-4 in the opening game of the tourney Wednesday and have topped the Sooners in 4 of 6 meetings this season.

Here’s my recap for KOSU-FM. Listen weekday mornings to the NPR station as I try my best to provide you with a little sports coverage for morning anchor Nikole Robinson Carroll.

Oklahoma bowl picks (sort of) and a look at just how good the Thunder is heading to 2014

Michael Cross and I sat down for our last Sports Talk segment on KOSU for 2013. I mish-mashed about the bowl games…. I do believe both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State can win their bowls, Cotton and Sugar respectively. In fact, as of today, I would pick both the Cowboys and the Sooners to win in upsets. But the games are a few weeks off, injuries and player wanderings happen, so that could change… but I’ll say it now: Alabama is not as good as the past few years offensively and Missouri is dang good, but there’s something crazy about OSU’s big-play ability.

Any hoo, if you missed our KOSU segment, you can hear it here…

Bedlam Final Score 2013

Talking Sports On KOSU-FM

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Here’s a link to this week’s segment as I sit down with Michael Cross and talk about OSU’s need to show their swagger, OU’s national championship chances and the Thunder without Russell Westbrook.

http://kosu.org/2013/10/sports-talk/

Sports Talk on KOSU-FM for Wed October 16, 2013

What a day for local college sports fans in Oklahoma

Not even counting AAA Redhawks baseball Saturday night or the NBA Thunder’s big playoff matchup this afternoon against Memphis, sports fans have had a dizzying day.

The top-ranked Sooners softball team wrapped up the Big 12 title with a 4-0 win over rival Oklahoma State.

OSU took game their second straight game of the three game weekend Bedlam Series from the Sooners in an afternoon game at Bricktown Ballpark in OKC. They’ll look to salvage a game from the Cowboys Sunday afternoon as they try to get a spot in the NCAA tourney.

The OU Men’s tennis team moved into lofty territory, as the 14th ranked sooners. Advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 4-0 win in Norman over NC State in the opening round of the NCAA tourney. They play 3rd ranked Georgia Thursday in Urbana, Ill.

The women were knocked out in the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. after dropping their opening match to Arizona State. Two Sooner players continue on to the singles/doubles championships next week: the doubles team of Hermon Brhane and Whitney Richey.

OSU women’s tennis won their opening round at theNcAAs, beating Long Beach State.

And the OU Women’s golf squad is on their way to Athens next week for the NCAA Finals after a second place finish in the NCAA Central Regional in Norman. OU stood in second behind Duke with a few groups still on the course late when a weather delay stopped play before 5 pm central time. Those schools still playing won’t change the top two teams.

The OSU women’s golf team is playing in the East Regional and poised to advance to the championships as well.

Sooners fans can get the latest on the school’s website at soonersports.com
Cowboys fans can go to ok state.com for more on their teams.

Coale to Coach America’s Best

OSU @ Oklahoma<br />February 10, 2013I think the USA women’s basketball future is in the right hands, with the announcement of the University of Oklahoma’s Sherri Coale as new coach of the team as they prepare for the World University Games this summer in Russia. If my daughter had played hoops at this level, I would have loved her to play for Coale, and I can’t think of a higher compliment.

See the press release below or find more on their website at soonersports.com.

NORMAN, Okla. — University of Oklahoma head women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale will lead Team USA at the 2013 Women’s World University Games this summer in Kazan, Russia, USA Basketball announced Tuesday.

It is Coale’s first head coaching assignment with USA Basketball. Coale served as an assistant for the 2001 bronze-medal winning Junior World Championship Team and as a USA Basketball Women’s Collegiate Committee member from 2005 to 2008.

“It was an absolute honor to serve USA Basketball as both an assistant coach and a selection committee member,” Coale said. “Representing our country via this sport that I love is the ultimate opportunity–an opportunity that I don’t take lightly and one that I am humbled to accept.”

Coale will be assisted by Brian Giorgis, head coach of Marist College, and Coquese Washington, head coach at Penn State. The staff was selected by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.

“In addition to the experience of coaching some of our country’s finest collegiate athletes,” Coale added. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside of Brian and Coquese. I have great respect for each of these coaches, not only for the programs they have built on their respective campuses, but also for their ambassadorship of our game. I look forward to learning from them and working with them to make this an amazing experience for the student athletes we will lead into international competition.”

Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and held every other year, the World University Games is a multi-sport competition open to men and women who are between the ages of 17 and 24 (born Jan. 1, 1989 through Dec. 31, 1995). USA Basketball considers athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility only. The 2013 World University Games will be played July 8-15.

Including the USA and host Russia a total of 16 nations will compete in the 2013 World University Games women’s basketball competition, which also will feature teams from Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Mongolia, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine.

“Obviously all three coaches have been successful,” Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach and chair of the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, said. “Sherri has had international experience, and Coquese has had the opportunity to serve on a committee for USA Basketball. It’s a staff where their strengths complement each other.”

USA Basketball women’s teams have participated in 16 prior World University Games and collected a record eight gold medals, six silvers and one bronze medal. Further, since 1973, the first year the USA women competed in the WUGs, the United States has compiled a 95-15 record.

Team USA posted a 6-0 record en route to a gold medal in the 2011 World University Games.

Trials to select the 12-member team will take place May 16-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., and approximately 35 players will be invited by the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee. A final training camp will resume at the USOTC June 25.

Chaired by Foster, the 2013-16 USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee includes NCAA appointees Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb, California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb and Central Florida head coach Joi Williams, as well as athlete representative Kara Lawson, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist who has been a part of nine USA Basketball teams.

USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics, men’s and women’s FIBA World Championships; women’s FIBA U19 World Champions; men’s and women’s FIBA U17 World Champions; and the men’s and women’s U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions; as well as winners of the women’s FIBA 3X3 World Championship and 3×3 U18 World Championship.

Brace the snow, watch OU Women vs Baylor for free

The University of Oklahoma may be closed down for studies due to inclement weather, but the game – at least for now – will go on at Lloyd Noble Center tonight (Monday, February 25, 2013.)The OU women are hosting the defending national champs and the NCAA Player of the Year from Baylor in a key Big 12 matchup.

They’re letting anyone who can make it in for free; hopefully only those who live within a snow walk of the game will brave expected bad road conditions. Baylor was obviously already in town, and since it’s a nationally televised game (ESPN2) the game goes on.

They’re also giving away free hats to the first thousand folks in attendance.  I’ll be home watching it and hoping everyone gets in and out safely tonight, as central Oklahoma tries to avoid the brunt of a huge winter storm that is hammering the western part of the state and the Texas panhandle.

The bummer is this week’s taping of SoonerSports Pad is off. We have a terrific package done by student Michael Runyan profiling Morgan Hook, the team’s starting point guard. I guess we will run it next week!

Here’s the story from sooner sports.com

NORMAN, Okla. – Due to expected inclement weather, admission to Monday’s women’s basketball game between Oklahoma and Baylor, tipping off at 6 p.m., at Lloyd Noble Center will be free. Here are details on the game:

FREE ADMISSION
All fans will be admitted free of charge (doors open at 4:30 p.m.). However, season ticket holders and other fans who purchased tickets for the game in advance will have first right to occupy their reserved seat locations. If you already have tickets, please bring those with you for access to that seat location.

For those without tickets, all seats not occupied by the season ticket holder or by fans who purchased tickets in advance will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

PARKING
Parking lots on all sides of Lloyd Noble Center are expected to be open.

FREE HATS FOR FIRST 1,000
Monday’s promotion of Coach Coale-designed hats given to the first 1,000 fans through doors will continue as scheduled. The hat is also available for purchase on OU’s official online store.

Ricketts and Sooners race to the top of the National softball poll

It’s hard not to be a big fan of women’s softball if you love college sports. The game is played with passion, innovation – and even guys like me who mainly played baseball can regularly say, “Damn, I couldn’t hit that pitch!”

Just watch Keilani Ricketts and Michelle Gascoigne in the circle, Lauren Chamberlain and company and the Oklahoma Sooners destroy their opponents and you’ll see what I mean.

And they work for it. Our sports anchor Carter Baum went to softball practice today, which was pretty much cancelled because of snow and rain. The only thing: practice wasn’t exactly cancelled. The key players like the aforementioned Keilani and Chamberlain had already worked out and practiced on their own earlier in the day at the indoor sports complex. That’s how athletes and teams get great. Leaders lead in practice and on the field.

Here’s a nice press release from OU about the Sooners stars this week gaining some national recognition.

Feb. 12, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. – Standout performances by senior pitcher Keilani Ricketts and sophomore infielder Lauren Chamberlain gave the University of Oklahoma softball team a clean sweep of the major national and conference awards, it was announced Monday.

Ricketts was named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week by USA Softball and the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, while Chamberlain was crowned as the Big 12 Player of the Week.

It marks the third time Ricketts has been recognized as the NFCA Player of the Week after earning recognition in both 2011 and 2012. She was also named the USA Softball Player of the Week on Feb. 23, 2010 and becomes the first Sooner to win the award more than once.

She has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week 12 times throughout her career after earning the honor three times as a freshman, twice as a sophomore and six times in her junior season.

Chamberlain has now been named the Big 12 Player of the Week four times in her career, more than any other player in the league dating back to last season. In fact, since Chamberlain joined the Sooners no other player has won Player of Week honors more than twice.

NFCA Player of the Week | USA Softball Player of the Week | Big 12 Honors

The awards come after a dominant opening weekend that saw the Sooners, No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll, go 5-0, including a 6-0 win over No. 21 Stanford and 12-0 win in five innings over No. 5 Oregon.

Ricketts was the star in the circle for OU, hurling a pair of no-hitters in the wins over the Cardinal and Ducks. In the season opener against Stanford, the senior lefthander threw the second no-hitter of her career, with 14 strikeouts, and hit a solo home run in the first inning. She yielded just five baserunners and only one ball reached the outfield against the San Jose, Calif., native.

She threw her second no-hitter in as many games on Saturday against Oregon. En route to career win No. 100, the senior lefty allowed just two baserunners against the Ducks on a walk and error. Of her 15 outs in the game, 10 came via strike out.

In taking down the No. 21 and No. 5 teams in the country, Ricketts struck out 24 in 12 innings of work. She now has three career no-hitters, becoming the fifth pitcher in OU history to reach that figure.

This season, Ricketts has registered a 2-0 record with 28 strikeouts over 14 innings of work and has allowed the opposition to hit at just a .096 clip. At the plate she has posted a .300 batting average with a home run, three run batted in, five walks and a .533 on-base percentage.

As dominant as Ricketts was in the circle, Chamberlain was just as dominant at the plate.

As the leadoff hitter in all five games, she hit .636 (7-11) with four home runs, 12 runs scored and 12 runs batted in. In addition, she walked six times and was hit by three pitches, giving her a .800 on-base percentage. She also slugged 1.727.

Currently, she leads the Big 12 in home runs, walks, runs scored, RBI, OBP and slugging.

Chamberlain started the season by reaching base in her first 10 plate appearances. She was 5-5 with four home runs, drew four walks and was hit by a pitch before making her first out.

She homered in the first game of the season against No. 21 Stanford, and followed with two more home runs, including a grand slam, against Oregon State. The Trabuco Canyon, Calif., native scored four runs and drove in six more against the Beavers.