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‘Our program has always been trendy’; Sooners Coach Patty Gasso’s Secret Sauce Makes OU Softball Peak at the Right Time | Sports

Patty Gasso has the secret sauce.

The Oklahoma coach, who is making her 15th appearance at the Women’s College World Series, is aiming to win her sixth national championship. Gasso believes her team is at its peak at the right time, and that comes from the unseen magic she infused into the program.

If she could bottle it, the five-time national champion trainer thinks it would make her rich. However, Sooner’s magic could earn her something bigger this season — the 2022 national title. Since losing in the final round of the Big 12 championship on May 14 to No. 7 Oklahoma State, Gasso’s team has five wins retracted in a row after the season and surpassed his opponents with 52:3.

“Our program has always been trending at the right time,” Gasso said. “I don’t know what the secret recipe for this is. If I did I would be rich because I would sell it and I would probably be very successful living on an island somewhere. I just think it’s the journey and the building and the struggle and the struggle together… that’s what they dream of.”

1-seeded Oklahoma (54-2) leads the NCAA in batting average (.369), run earned average (.80), total home runs (138), on-base percentage (.476), and slugging percentage (.476 ) on. 731). Talent has never been an issue for the Sooners in 2022. The question was and remains whether or not their team can scale the WCWS summit in consecutive seasons.

“The challenge for 2022 was, how do you do it again?” Gasso said. “We went through that. I’ve been through this once, it’s tough. The goal here was not to look in the rearview mirror and point so much back to last year, but to learn from those experiences and then look through the window.”

So far, Oklahoma has continued to look forward to its 2022 goals and pay dividends. Redshirt Senior Utility Jocelyn Alo smashed the NCAA all-time career home run record on March 12 and was named USA Softball Player of the Year for the second straight year this year.

In addition to the accolades OU’s redshirt senior has garnered, newcomers like Newman Phenomenon pitcher Jordy Bahl have also earned their share. Bahl’s .96 ERA and 199 strikeouts resulted in her taking home the 2022 NFCA/Schutt Freshman Player of the Year award. While the freshman has missed time since May 6 due to pain in her right forearm, Gasso says she is expected to return and serve in the WCWS.

“I’ll just keep it pretty self-explanatory, you’ll see their pitch,” Gasso said. “We’re still working on that. It’s like walking into a lab and knowing exactly what you can and can’t do. The timing of that… we’re still in the process of putting it all together. But we continued to follow the doctor’s orders. We did everything we were supposed to do.”

With Bahl and Alo at full strength, the pair will lead the charge for Oklahoma’s top roster. In the freshman pitcher’s absence, redshirt senior pitcher Hope Trautwein and sophomore pitcher Nicole May have hittered a total of 23 and allowed eight hitters and three runs in their last five appearances. Along with the Aces anchoring the circle, OU’s offense has also caught fire, blasting 13 home runs and 50 RBIs in the last five games.

As the Sooners open the WCWS against Northwestern (45-11) Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in Oklahoma City on ESPN, Alo and the Sooners are simply enjoying their moments together. For Alo, she just takes it one step at a time when college softball players are about to finish.

“I would just say it’s bittersweet since it’s my last year in the World Series,” Alo said. β€œI’m just going to run with it and whatever happens, happens. It’s already written what’s going to happen, so I’ll just enjoy these moments while I can. It’s bittersweet to know that I won’t be playing for this program to put on the uniform. But I just absorb those moments and try to leave my mark.”

Five Sooners named NFCA First Team All-Americans

Alo, Bahl, sophomore Jayda Coleman, sophomore infielder Tiare Jennings and senior shortstop Grace Lyons were all named to the first-team All-America roster Wednesday, who are the most recipients by any school. Alo and Jennings were two of four unanimous decisions for the first team.

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