Oklahoma City —- As if anyone ever doubted them, the Oklahoma Sooners are National Champions for the third straight season after beating Florida State 3-1 on Thursday night.
The Seminoles put the first run on the board in the fourth inning, but the Sooners did what they have done all season, rise to the occasion. The Sooners rallied from down 0-1 to start the fifth inning with back-to-back solo homers by Cydney Sanders and Grace Lyons. Lyons was ecstatic after the game.
“The home run was awesome, but just the feelings of coming home to my team.” Lyons added, “It was a total team effort, and this team is something special.”
Senior Alex Storako started the game on the mound, pitching four innings and only allowing one run, but it was Sooners star Jordy Bahl who closed the game out. She pitched the final 3 innings, allowing 0 hits and having 3 strikeouts. For the second straight night, she also scored as a pinch-runner.
“When you go in there, be simple, don’t give the other team anything and let just your defense work.”
In a game that was full of highlights, perhaps the most crucial play of the game came when Jayda Coleman made an incredible snag over the wall in the third inning. The incredible play was the difference between a three-run homer and a scoreless inning. Coleman expressed the best part of those big plays is seeing her teammates afterwards.
“Like I say every time, the best thing out of those plays is watching your teammates react and watching them just be so happy for you.”
With this championship, Coach Patty Gasso now has won 7 titles and has a career winning percentage of 80.8%. The answer was simple when she was asked what continues to drive her.
“Them. I want to be my best for them. Because they trust me, they make a commitment to me.” Gasso added, “I raise them like they are my own, that’s my job. So, I take that very personally.”
The team finished the season with an incredible 61-1 record and with 53 straight wins. To add to that, Gasso and the Sooners have now also won 6 championships in the past 10 seasons. Despite rumors of when Gasso would call it quits, she shut them down as she was leaving the post-game presser.
“I’ll keep going for a few more (seasons).”
Barry, and Damian, talk about Oklahoma’s 28-11 victory over SMU and how the Sooners looked against the Mustangs in the contest. Is there more maturing that must take place for Offensive Coordinator, Jeff Lebby, to take those next steps? The fellas also discuss how OU’s defense continues to show promise even in the midst of a game that hung in the balance for a little bit. Did Dillon Gabriel show the ability to win the clutch games, how did the linebackers perform, and who is RB1 for the Sooners? Do not miss the postgame podcast episode!
Barry, and Damian, have a conversation with former-Sooner RB, Kejuan Jones.
Barry, and Damian, give a complete preview of the offensive depth chart as the Sooners continue through fall camp. They dive into each position along the offense and who may surprise at various positions this upcoming season. They also talk about the impact of NIL as of late and the Sooners’ most recent recruiting “miss.”
Barry, and Damian, provide their reaction to the photos and videos of the current rosters’ summer results from working with Coach Jerry Schmidt, and his staff, over the summer. They also discuss the recent crumbling of the PAC-12, as well as Coach Venables’ comments about not comparing his current Sooner defense to his past teams. The guys also talk about the battle at guard across the offensive line and how coaches are transparent with the players in their position group.