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    Oklahoma jumped out in the first inning as Aviu pulled a two-run home run to left field,
    Has Fale become a switch hitter?

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    Has Fale become a switch hitter?
    Aren't most softball girls?

    (Sorry, couldn't pass it up)
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    Originally Posted by SoonernVolved View Post
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    OFFENSE CONTINUES TO CLICK IN LATEST FALL WIN
    .......


    NORMAN – Oklahoma softball continued its dominant run through its fall season Wednesday night with a 20-1 victory in nine innings over North Central Texas College. Now 5-0 in the fall, OU has outscored its opponents 52-2.

    The offense pounded out 24 hits against the Lions Wednesday as four different Sooners had at least three hits and five had at least two runs batted in. Leading the way was sophomore Vanessa Taukeiaho, who was 4-5 with three RBI. Juniors Falepolima Aviu and Kylie Lundberg also logged three hits, as did sophomore Nicole Mendes. Aviu matched Taukeiaho with a team-high three runs driven in.

    In the circle, five pitchers combined to give up one unearned run with 17 strikeouts.

    Sophomore Mariah Lopez got the start and allowed one hit with three strikeouts before handing the ball off to fellow sophomore Parker Conrad, who recorded seven strikeouts against three walks in 3.0 innings. Mendes surrendered the lone run in the contest on three hits in 2.0 innings before senior Paige Lowary closed out the final 2.0 innings with five strikeouts and one hit allowed.

    Oklahoma jumped out in the first inning as Aviu pulled a two-run home run to left field, her third of the fall season. In the second, senior Nicole Pendley and Mendes each delivered two-run singles, while an NCTC error made it 7-0.

    The lead grew to 11-0 after the third inning thanks to a double steal that resulted in Mendes scoring, RBI doubles for Taukeiaho and freshman Jocelyn Alo, and a run-scoring single for freshman Eliyah Flores.

    NCTC looked like it might get on the board in the top of the fourth as the Lions loaded the bases with no one out. However, Conrad battled back with three straight strikeouts. In the bottom of the frame, a dropped popup gave OU a 12-0 advantage.

    A four-run fifth inning pushed the OU lead to 16-0. Junior Caleigh Clifton drove in a run with an RBI double, junior Sydney Romero delivered a sacrifice fly, freshman Alexa Schultz recorded a run-scoring triple and Taukeiaho drove in Schultz with a single.

    NCTC finally broke the shutout in the top of the sixth thanks to an OU error, but the Sooners got the run back in the bottom of the frame thanks to a run-scoring single by Taukeiaho to make it a 17-1 game.

    The Sooners’ streak of scoring in every inning continued in the seventh when Aviu dropped a run-scoring single into right field, pushing it to 18-1. To reach 20, Lundberg recorded a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth.

    Oklahoma returns to the field Wednesday for its Halloween Game with the Oklahoma baseball team, while its next game action comes Oct. 29 in a doubleheader against Arkansas.
    WTF?
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    New 2022 commitments. These girls are in the 8th grade. It is also amazing how virtually all the girls throughout the country stick to their commits made 3-5 years earlier. Although OU did turnaround Jocelyn Alo from her California commitment in the 2017 class.


    Avery Hodge SS/Outfield

    SJ Guerin Pitcher

    Jocelyn Erickson Catcher

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    Sooner vs. Hogs.

    Lopez gets out of bases loaded jam in top of first.

    Clifton leads off with double, Mendes singles, and Aviu doubles in both. Frosh Alo walks. Still bottom of first.
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    Lopez gives up walk and a hit. Fans two. Clifton makes outstanding play to rob hog out of infield hit.

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    Arnold with lead off single. Flores playing 3rd and up at bat.

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    Aviu singles in another run . 3-0 Sooners after 2.

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    Three up three down, Arnold throwing out hog from deep in the hole. Sooners 3-0 middle of 3rd.

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    Sooners go down in order in bottom of third.

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    Mendes on the mound.

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    OKC Thunder

    Alo homers to center field. Sooners 4-0.

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    Alo homers to center field. Sooners 4-0.
    This young lady may be our best power hitter since Lauren Chamberlain !
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    Freshman catcher Elam guns down runner at first. Transfer Parker Conrad on mound.

    Sooners now at bat in 6th.

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    Conrad getting hammered with two homers and a double. Mid7th, Sooners 4-2.

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    They agreed to play 10 innings today.

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    Elam with a leadoff double.

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    Sooners score a couple of more runs from runners at third scoring on throws to second. Final score Sooners 7-2. Lowary was the closer.

    Spring schedule expected to be released in the next few days.
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    Originally Posted by nocalsooner View Post
    Sooners score a couple of more runs from runners at third scoring on throws to second. Final score Sooners 7-2. Lowary was the closer.

    Spring schedule expected to be released in the next few days.
    Thanks nocal. I just remembered that the ladies had a game today & was about to post on it.

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    NORMAN – Facing its first Division I opponent of the fall exhibition slate, the two-time defending national champion Oklahoma Sooners took down Arkansas, 7-2, in 10 innings Sunday at Marita Hynes Field.

    Eight different Sooners had a hit, including four with multi-hit efforts. Leading the way was junior Falepolima Aviu, who was 3-3 with three runs batted in. Senior Kelsey Arnold, sophomore Nicole Mendes and freshman Jocelyn Alo also had two hits in the win.

    In the circle, four different OU pitchers combined on the win.

    Sophomore Mariah Lopez got the start and took care of the first three innings, scattering three hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Mendes was the first out of the bullpen and yielded a lone single while also striking out one in 2.0 innings of work.

    Sophomore transfer Parker Conrad followed Mendes and was responsible for the two Arkansas runs. Conrad allowed those runs on five hits with one strikeout in 3.0 innings of work. Senior Paige Lowary then closed out the game, giving up two hits with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings.

    Oklahoma needed just three batters to open the scoring in the first inning.

    Junior Caleigh Clifton led off with a double, while Mendes followed with a single to left-center and taking second on the throw to third. Aviu then drove both runners in with a sharp single up the middle, staking OU to a 2-0 lead.

    Aviu came through again in the second with a run-scoring single, pushing the lead to 3-0, driving in Clifton for the second straight inning.

    After a scoreless third, Alo hit her first home run of the fall with a solo blast to center field, making it a 4-0 game.

    The fifth and sixth innings passed without a run, but Arkansas ended the shutout in the top of the seventh with a pair of solo home runs. Oklahoma answered back, though, with three runs of its own in the bottom of the frame.

    Freshman Lynnsie Elam doubled to lead off the inning and was replaced by pinch runner Raegan Rogers. Two batters later, senior Hannah Sparks singled to left, putting runners on the corners. Sparks then stole second and the throw went into center field, allowing Rogers to score.

    The lead grew to 6-2 when Mendes drove in Sparks with a single, while another double steal, this time involving Aviu and Mendes gave OU the 7-2 final score.

    Oklahoma closes out its fall schedule Friday when it hosts North Texas at 6:30 p.m.

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    Sort of worried about Parker Conrad, but it's still off-season and she has a long time ahead of her on the team, so let's hope the coaches work magic on her
    The good thing is we in no way need to rely on her this year
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    Originally Posted by nstinson View Post
    Sort of worried about Parker Conrad, but it's still off-season and she has a long time ahead of her on the team, so let's hope the coaches work magic on her
    The good thing is we in no way need to rely on her this year
    As you imply, we should be in great shape this year given that both Paiges return.

    Next year, tentatively, we'll have Parker Conrad, Mariah Lopez, Nicole Mendes, Melanie Olmos, and freshmen future signees [hopefully] Brooke Vestal and Grace Green.

    Brooke Vestal has been listed as the #1 2018 recruit for a while. Grace Green is like Nicole Mendes - she's a position player who can also pitch.

    I figure the coaches will let them battle it out and, eventually, an ace will emerge along with a solid #2. Sometimes it's difficult to predict who will emerge, not unlike the Trevor Knight vs. Baker Mayfield battle for the QB spot 3 years ago.

    Recall Kelsey Stevens became our ace once Keilani Ricketts and Michelle Gascoigne graduated, but by the end of Paige Parker's freshman year, she became the ace.

    There was a dropoff after Ricketts and Gascoigne graduated and we might expect one after the Paiges graduate. But we can hope not.
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  24. #7724
    not sooner softball related but lotief at ull has been fired. seems to be quite the mess down there, maybe not auburn messy but still messy.
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    not sooner softball related but lotief at ull has been fired. seems to be quite the mess down there, maybe not auburn messy but still messy.
    Probably Alissa Dalton's fault...

    J/K
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    UL players standing by their coach!


    sounds like Lotief raised title ix concerns with the new admin, and his whole staff was subsequently fired under a complete ruse.

  27. #7727
    Originally Posted by nstinson View Post
    Sort of worried about Parker Conrad, but it's still off-season and she has a long time ahead of her on the team, so let's hope the coaches work magic on her
    The good thing is we in no way need to rely on her this year
    I'm not sold on her yet from what I've read and heard, but hey, Patti must be seeing something. Like you said, if she doesn't pan out, we will do well anyway.

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    sounds like Lotief raised title ix concerns with the new admin, and his whole staff was subsequently fired under a complete ruse.
    maybe there's some substance to the suspensions/firings: local news story in more detail.

    certainly awful press for their consistently top-25 program.

    here's a supportive tweet from dalton:

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    Stats Iooked at showed Parker did not play at all in the Fall. Was that the same scenario as last year in the Fall?

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    Originally Posted by 61sooner View Post
    Stats Iooked at showed Parker did not play at all in the Fall. Was that the same scenario as last year in the Fall?
    You're right, except for the last game - she started and pitched 2 and 2/3 innings. I believe she pitched more last fall.

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    Still waiting for the spring schedule. I pieced together what I know from other schools' schedules.

    In the Grand Canyon Kickoff Tournament in Phoenix:
    6 pm Fri Feb 9 Grand Canyon
    9 am Sun Feb 11 Pacific
    11 am Sun Feb 11 Grand Canyon
    [Montana and Weber State are also at his tournament, so I'll guess we play them Fri or Sat]


    Mary Nutter (Palm Springs CA) with final rankings from last year
    6 pm Thur Feb 22 Arizona State (25)
    8:30 pm Thur Feb 22 Japan
    3 pm Fri Feb 23 BYU (19)
    9:30 am Sat Feb 24 North Carolina
    Noon Sat Feb 24 Arizona (9)


    Easton Invitational (Fullerton CA)
    10:30 am Fri Mar 16 CSU Northridge
    12:30 pm Fri Mar 16 DePaul
    10:30 am Sat Mar 17 Nebraska
    10 am Sun Mar 18 Ohio State
    12:30 pm Sun Mar 18 CSU Fullerton (not top 25, but received votes)

    As you can see the Mary Nutter has a challenging schedule, but the others appear to be teams who just want the opportunity to get kicked in the nuts and run-ruled by the two time defending national champions.

    No evidence yet that we play any SEC teams.

    Ohio State and Nebraska are big names, just not in the softball world.
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    nocal---"kicked in the nuts" !?

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    Originally Posted by freedombird View Post
    nocal---"kicked in the nuts" !?
    Well, ... Mary Nutter ....
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    I believe tomorrow (Nov 8) is Softball signing day. I also believe we'll sign five.

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    Seen several tweets about signees. Which ones are the big ones?

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    Originally Posted by nstinson View Post
    Seen several tweets about signees. Which ones are the big ones?


    Pitcher:
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    Brooke has been compared to Cat Osterman. She is the #1 rated recruit, Lyons is #3 & Green is #9. Basically, just reloading again for Coach Gasso & staff,(this is also the first of four straight classes where the Sooners have the #1 rated player coming in).
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    following the Lotief firing, a ULL source tells local news the admin does not plan to release players from scholarship nor allow immediate transfer (without sitting a year).
    link

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    Originally Posted by blackfrancois View Post
    following the Lotief firing, a ULL source tells local news the admin does not plan to release players from scholarship nor allow immediate transfer (without sitting a year).
    link
    Wrong on so many levels.
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    Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso has announced the addition of five student-athletes that have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Oklahoma softball program in the fall of 2018.

    Signing NLIs with the Sooners are utility player Grace Green (Oakdale, Calif.), infielder Audrie LaValley (Choctaw, Okla.), infielder Grace Lyons (Peoria, Ariz.), infielder Sami Skelly (Lone Grove, Okla.) and right-handed pitcher Brooke Vestal (New Braunfels, Texas).

    “This class is versatile and athletic,” Gasso said. “They are very talented and can play multiple positions. Their athleticism and power will help them find their way in our offense because of that.


    GRACE GREEN
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    PERSONAL: Daughter of Daniel and Shawnda Green … has two siblings, Kyndall and Eli … father, Daniel, competed in rodeo at West Hills College … chose OU over UCLA, Oregon, Cal and Washington

    WHY OKLAHOMA? “I was born in a small cowboy town with parents who both have rodeo backgrounds. While I was visiting colleges and trying to figure out where I wanted to go, I felt the most at home in Oklahoma. While walking the campus and getting to know the coaches, my parents and I both felt very comfortable with them and with the school. The coaching staff at the University of Oklahoma is phenomenal; they were a huge part of the decision I made to become an Oklahoma Sooner. I believe that they will push me and get the best out of me, on and off the field. I can't wait to see the softball player and the woman I become because of the amazing opportunity that awaits me at OU.”

    “With the seniors that we’ll be losing after this year, this class has the right combination we’re looking for. This is the right class to come in and take over for that group.”

    A native of Oakdale, Calif., Grace Green currently attends Oakdale High School where she has been named all-league three times in her career. She hit .458 as a junior with 23 runs scored and 23 runs batted in, five doubles, four triples and five home runs and posted a 0.81 earned run average with 55 strikeouts over 52.0 innings pitched.

    She has spent the past two seasons playing for the Batbusters Gomes in Stockton, Calif., under the direction of Dennis Gomes. This summer, Green batted .576 with 29 runs scored, 32 runs driven in, 11 home runs and 16 stolen bases.

    “I love Grace Green’s versatility,” Gasso said. “She can pitch, she’s played third, she’s played first, I’ve seen her play short and the outfield. She’s got a really powerful swing and can work all fields. She fits our program really well and is just a good, well-rounded athlete that I think can come in as a freshman and help us quite a bit.”

    AUDRIE LAVALLEY
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    PERSONAL: Daughter of Joe and Renee LaValley … has two siblings, Gavin and Christina … brother, Gavin, plays in the Cincinnati Reds organization after being drafted out of high school (had signed NLI with Oklahoma) … uncle, Chris Whalen, played football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M … uncle, Jay LaValley, played baseball at Oklahoma Christian University … cousin, Mickey LaValey Borgsmiller, played softball at Lehigh and Tulsa … chose OU over Florida, Arkansas and Baylor

    Audrie LaValley is a senior at Carl Albert High School where she has earned four letters in softball, leading her team to four district championships and regional titles, culminating in the 5A state title in her senior season. Spending time at shortstop and in the circle, LaValley hit .528 during her career (.504 or better each year) with a .596 on-base percentage, 218 runs scored, 217 RBI, 52 doubles, 32 triples, 33 home runs, 78 walks to 50 strikeouts and 51 stolen bases. She also threw 204.1 career innings with a 28-10 record, two saves, a 1.98 earned run average and 144 strikeouts.

    LaValley, who was named all-district and Big All-City every season, also earned all-state honors as a senior. During the summer, she has played for the Oklahoma Athletics Premier team, which won multiple Top Gun championships, under head coach Brian Madden.

    “Audrie is a local athlete and another one that can play a number of positions,” Gasso said. “I’ve seen her elevate her game, especially in the last year and a half. She’s stronger, has developed more range and swings the bat with more authority. With hard work I think she can break into the lineup as a freshman.”

    GRACE LYONS
    Lyons5'7 // R/R // INF
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    PERSONAL: Daughter of John and Erin Lyons … has one brother, Max … dad, John, played hockey at the Air Force Academy … chose OU over Arizona, Florida, Oregon, UCLA and Alabama … born in Bitburg, Germany

    WHY OKLAHOMA? “Oklahoma was a very unique school that caught my attention from the very first time I stepped on campus. The coaches were extremely authentic, and I connected strongly to their morals and values. The campus is beautiful and feels like home. Also, the Oklahoma softball program has had overwhelming success in the past years and I hope to one day contribute a piece to this program’s success. I look forward to competing on the biggest stage in college softball and I hope to play shortstop in the Women’s College World Series. Also, I hope to graduate with an engineering degree and to learn the skills needed to have a successful future including an enjoyable job and a family.”

    A native of Peoria, Ariz., Grace Lyons led Sandra Day O’Connor high school to the 6A state championship in 2016 as team captain. Playing shortstop, second base and centerfield, Lyons hit .526 in 2017 with 47 runs scored, 35 runs batted in, seven home runs, 14 doubles, three triples and nine stolen bases. She was named an NFCA Second-Team All-Region honoree in 2016 and has been a three-time all-region and all-division selection.

    On the travel ball circuit, Lyons has played for Tony Rico’s Fires out of Huntington Beach, Calif., for the past two seasons. This summer, her squad won the 2017 Canada Cup Championship and the 2017 TCS Fireworks Championship.

    “Grace Lyons grew up playing baseball and you can see that in her style,” Gasso said. “She’s very smooth at shortstop with good hands and a strong arm. That position is not going to be an easy one to fill next year, but I think Grace could be one of the leading candidates to do just that. She’s very recognizable on the field because she makes those big-time plays look so easy.”

    SAMI SKELLY
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    PERSONAL: Daughter of the late Shawn Skelly and Alyssa and Chris Morton … has one brother, Cole Skelly, and one sister, Jocelyn Morton … aunt, Cheri Hanley, played softball at UMKC … chose OU over Oklahoma State

    WHY OKLAHOMA? “I chose the University of Oklahoma because it felt like home. I have been around OU softball from an early age and I knew this is where I wanted to be. Everything about OU, from the coaches to the school and the tradition is amazing and I cannot wait to help my team win another national title.”

    Sami Skelly attends Lone Grove High School in Lone Grove, Okla., and has earned four letters in softball. In her senior season, she was named all-state, all-conference and district MVP as a senior after hitting .512 with 38 runs scored, 58 runs batted in, 10 home runs and 11 stolen bases and leading her team to a state runner-up finish.

    She has played for the Oklahoma Athletics Premier under head coach Brian Madden along with fellow signee Audrie LaValley.

    “For Sami Skelly I would just say power, power and power,” Gasso said. “When she takes her cuts, it makes people take notice. I look forward to what she can bring to our offense.”

    Brooke Vestal is a senior at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas where she has led her team to the regional finals three times during her career. She was named an All-American by FloSoftball three times and by MaxPreps and All-USA twice. In 2017, Vestal recorded a 1.31 earned run average with 244 strikeouts and an 18-6 record in 144.0 innings, and hit .381 with 33 runs batted in and eight home runs, while in 2016, went 25-8 with a 1.73 ERA and 346 strikeouts in 210.0 innings pitched and hit .432 with 41 RBI and 10 home runs.

    BROOKE VESTAL
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    PERSONAL: Daughter of Jennifer and Rick Vestal … has two siblings, Hunter and Harley … dad, Rick, played football and golf at Baylor … grandfather, Richard Vestal, played football at TCU … great-grandfather, Richard Vestal, played football at Rice

    WHY OKLAHOMA? “I chose OU because I wanted to be in the situation to help my team win a national championship. Also, Coach Gasso and Coach Lombardi haven’t just produced amazing players, but have helped shape girls into strong and resilient young women. From my first visit to Norman, I knew without a doubt I would be a Sooner.”

    Vestal has played for the Fires Rico for the last two years in Huntington Beach, Calif., under Tony Rico along with fellow signee Grace Lyons and helped her team to the 2016 PGF National Championship.

    “Brooke Vestal is probably one of the most recognizable pitchers from the 2018 class,” Gasso said. “She won the PGF Championship and was the leading pitcher for one of the most prominent teams on the travel ball circuit. She’s another versatile athlete, who has excelled on both the softball field and on the volleyball court. I’m excited to see her compete at this level. When you add her to our current pitching staff, she’s going to win a lot of ball games."
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    Originally Posted by SoonernVolved View Post
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    Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso has announced the addition of five student-athletes that have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Oklahoma softball program in the fall of 2018.

    Signing NLIs with the Sooners are utility player Grace Green (Oakdale, Calif.), infielder Audrie LaValley (Choctaw, Okla.), infielder Grace Lyons (Peoria, Ariz.), infielder Sami Skelly (Lone Grove, Okla.) and right-handed pitcher Brooke Vestal (New Braunfels, Texas).

    “This class is versatile and athletic,” Gasso said. “They are very talented and can play multiple positions. Their athleticism and power will help them find their way in our offense because of that.


    GRACE GREEN
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    @grace_10_green

    PERSONAL: Daughter of Daniel and Shawnda Green … has two siblings, Kyndall and Eli … father, Daniel, competed in rodeo at West Hills College … chose OU over UCLA, Oregon, Cal and Washington

    WHY OKLAHOMA? “I was born in a small cowboy town with parents who both have rodeo backgrounds. While I was visiting colleges and trying to figure out where I wanted to go, I felt the most at home in Oklahoma. While walking the campus and getting to know the coaches, my parents and I both felt very comfortable with them and with the school. The coaching staff at the University of Oklahoma is phenomenal; they were a huge part of the decision I made to become an Oklahoma Sooner. I believe that they will push me and get the best out of me, on and off the field. I can't wait to see the softball player and the woman I become because of the amazing opportunity that awaits me at OU.”

    “With the seniors that we’ll be losing after this year, this class has the right combination we’re looking for. This is the right class to come in and take over for that group.”

    A native of Oakdale, Calif., Grace Green currently attends Oakdale High School where she has been named all-league three times in her career. She hit .458 as a junior with 23 runs scored and 23 runs batted in, five doubles, four triples and five home runs and posted a 0.81 earned run average with 55 strikeouts over 52.0 innings pitched.

    She has spent the past two seasons playing for the Batbusters Gomes in Stockton, Calif., under the direction of Dennis Gomes. This summer, Green batted .576 with 29 runs scored, 32 runs driven in, 11 home runs and 16 stolen bases.

    “I love Grace Green’s versatility,” Gasso said. “She can pitch, she’s played third, she’s played first, I’ve seen her play short and the outfield. She’s got a really powerful swing and can work all fields. She fits our program really well and is just a good, well-rounded athlete that I think can come in as a freshman and help us quite a bit.”

    AUDRIE LAVALLEY
    LaValley5'5 // L/R // INF
    Choctaw, Okla.
    Carl Albert H.S.
    @audrie_lavalley

    PERSONAL: Daughter of Joe and Renee LaValley … has two siblings, Gavin and Christina … brother, Gavin, plays in the Cincinnati Reds organization after being drafted out of high school (had signed NLI with Oklahoma) … uncle, Chris Whalen, played football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M … uncle, Jay LaValley, played baseball at Oklahoma Christian University … cousin, Mickey LaValey Borgsmiller, played softball at Lehigh and Tulsa … chose OU over Florida, Arkansas and Baylor

    Audrie LaValley is a senior at Carl Albert High School where she has earned four letters in softball, leading her team to four district championships and regional titles, culminating in the 5A state title in her senior season. Spending time at shortstop and in the circle, LaValley hit .528 during her career (.504 or better each year) with a .596 on-base percentage, 218 runs scored, 217 RBI, 52 doubles, 32 triples, 33 home runs, 78 walks to 50 strikeouts and 51 stolen bases. She also threw 204.1 career innings with a 28-10 record, two saves, a 1.98 earned run average and 144 strikeouts.

    LaValley, who was named all-district and Big All-City every season, also earned all-state honors as a senior. During the summer, she has played for the Oklahoma Athletics Premier team, which won multiple Top Gun championships, under head coach Brian Madden.

    “Audrie is a local athlete and another one that can play a number of positions,” Gasso said. “I’ve seen her elevate her game, especially in the last year and a half. She’s stronger, has developed more range and swings the bat with more authority. With hard work I think she can break into the lineup as a freshman.”

    GRACE LYONS
    Lyons5'7 // R/R // INF
    Peoria, Ariz.
    Sandra Day O'Connor H.S.
    @gracelyons5

    PERSONAL: Daughter of John and Erin Lyons … has one brother, Max … dad, John, played hockey at the Air Force Academy … chose OU over Arizona, Florida, Oregon, UCLA and Alabama … born in Bitburg, Germany

    WHY OKLAHOMA? “Oklahoma was a very unique school that caught my attention from the very first time I stepped on campus. The coaches were extremely authentic, and I connected strongly to their morals and values. The campus is beautiful and feels like home. Also, the Oklahoma softball program has had overwhelming success in the past years and I hope to one day contribute a piece to this program’s success. I look forward to competing on the biggest stage in college softball and I hope to play shortstop in the Women’s College World Series. Also, I hope to graduate with an engineering degree and to learn the skills needed to have a successful future including an enjoyable job and a family.”

    A native of Peoria, Ariz., Grace Lyons led Sandra Day O’Connor high school to the 6A state championship in 2016 as team captain. Playing shortstop, second base and centerfield, Lyons hit .526 in 2017 with 47 runs scored, 35 runs batted in, seven home runs, 14 doubles, three triples and nine stolen bases. She was named an NFCA Second-Team All-Region honoree in 2016 and has been a three-time all-region and all-division selection.

    On the travel ball circuit, Lyons has played for Tony Rico’s Fires out of Huntington Beach, Calif., for the past two seasons. This summer, her squad won the 2017 Canada Cup Championship and the 2017 TCS Fireworks Championship.

    “Grace Lyons grew up playing baseball and you can see that in her style,” Gasso said. “She’s very smooth at shortstop with good hands and a strong arm. That position is not going to be an easy one to fill next year, but I think Grace could be one of the leading candidates to do just that. She’s very recognizable on the field because she makes those big-time plays look so easy.”

    SAMI SKELLY
    Skelly5'7 // R/R // INF
    Lone Grove, Okla.
    Lone Grove H.S.
    @samiskelly

    PERSONAL: Daughter of the late Shawn Skelly and Alyssa and Chris Morton … has one brother, Cole Skelly, and one sister, Jocelyn Morton … aunt, Cheri Hanley, played softball at UMKC … chose OU over Oklahoma State

    WHY OKLAHOMA? “I chose the University of Oklahoma because it felt like home. I have been around OU softball from an early age and I knew this is where I wanted to be. Everything about OU, from the coaches to the school and the tradition is amazing and I cannot wait to help my team win another national title.”

    Sami Skelly attends Lone Grove High School in Lone Grove, Okla., and has earned four letters in softball. In her senior season, she was named all-state, all-conference and district MVP as a senior after hitting .512 with 38 runs scored, 58 runs batted in, 10 home runs and 11 stolen bases and leading her team to a state runner-up finish.

    She has played for the Oklahoma Athletics Premier under head coach Brian Madden along with fellow signee Audrie LaValley.

    “For Sami Skelly I would just say power, power and power,” Gasso said. “When she takes her cuts, it makes people take notice. I look forward to what she can bring to our offense.”

    Brooke Vestal is a senior at Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas where she has led her team to the regional finals three times during her career. She was named an All-American by FloSoftball three times and by MaxPreps and All-USA twice. In 2017, Vestal recorded a 1.31 earned run average with 244 strikeouts and an 18-6 record in 144.0 innings, and hit .381 with 33 runs batted in and eight home runs, while in 2016, went 25-8 with a 1.73 ERA and 346 strikeouts in 210.0 innings pitched and hit .432 with 41 RBI and 10 home runs.

    BROOKE VESTAL
    Vestal6'0 // R/R // RHP
    New Branufels, Texas
    Canyon H.S.
    @vestalbrooke

    PERSONAL: Daughter of Jennifer and Rick Vestal … has two siblings, Hunter and Harley … dad, Rick, played football and golf at Baylor … grandfather, Richard Vestal, played football at TCU … great-grandfather, Richard Vestal, played football at Rice

    WHY OKLAHOMA? “I chose OU because I wanted to be in the situation to help my team win a national championship. Also, Coach Gasso and Coach Lombardi haven’t just produced amazing players, but have helped shape girls into strong and resilient young women. From my first visit to Norman, I knew without a doubt I would be a Sooner.”

    Vestal has played for the Fires Rico for the last two years in Huntington Beach, Calif., under Tony Rico along with fellow signee Grace Lyons and helped her team to the 2016 PGF National Championship.

    “Brooke Vestal is probably one of the most recognizable pitchers from the 2018 class,” Gasso said. “She won the PGF Championship and was the leading pitcher for one of the most prominent teams on the travel ball circuit. She’s another versatile athlete, who has excelled on both the softball field and on the volleyball court. I’m excited to see her compete at this level. When you add her to our current pitching staff, she’s going to win a lot of ball games."

    While the final flosoftball rankings probably fall somewhere between inexact science and reading tea leaves, ... for what it's worth all five signees are ranked in the top 100.
    Vestal 6
    Lyons 13
    Green 31
    LaValley 62
    Skelly 90.

    Vestal was #1 for nearly two years, but has been injured for several months. It slowed her summer and fall participation this year.
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    It was really good to see the team as the center of attention at the TCU game Saturday. And "what big rings you have", the better to kick your butt!
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    It was really good to see the team as the center of attention at the TCU game Saturday. And "what big rings you have", the better to kick your butt!
    They really got a nice ovation from the crowd. It seems the football fans are starting to pay attention to softball too. I guess if you win every year they're bound to come around at some point.
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    They really got a nice ovation from the crowd. It seems the football fans are starting to pay attention to softball too. I guess if you win every year they're bound to come around at some point.
    Patty Gasso and the OU Softball Program have become the "Gold Standard" for NCAA Softball.
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