Oklahoma’s 2018 softball season came to a disapointing end on Sunday but the season as a whole was anything but. The nation’s longest winning streak, and unprecedented perfect run through the Big 12, and even a magical Elimination Saturday of the Women’s College World Series were all highlights that both the team and fans will remember.
“Off the charts proud,” Patty Gasso said of her team. “I definitely would always do this, whether we win or lose, we give God the glory. We’ve been on a path, loved the challenge, proud of these guys. It’s a great senior group. Gave it all we had. That’s all I can ask for.”
The problem was, that as good as the Sooners were, Washington was just better. Two losses to the Huskies in OKC prove that point and even at that it’s still a tough pill to swallow.
“I think Washington is an outstanding team, and they beat us twice, flat out beat us,” Gasso said. “They earned everything that they got. No doubt, no doubt. We just couldn’t get our legs into things.”
The Huskies sent Oklahoma into the loser’s bracket on Thursday with a 2-0 win over the Sooners. After battling back against Arizona State and Florida on Elimination Saturday, OU was tasked with facing Washington again on Sunday.
Oklahoma had won six NCAA Tournament games by way of a shutout, but the Huskies flipped the script and kept the Sooners off the board for 14 innings of Women’s College World Series play. The latest was a 3-0 win to eliminate OU on Sunday and advance to the championship series of the WCWS.
Sadly this marks the end of the careers of four senior players who had become icons, not only at Oklahoma but across the college softball landscape.
Pitcher’s Paige Parker and Paige Lowary, along with catcher Lea Wodach and centerfielder Nicole Pendley have all played their final game wearing the crimson and cream.
“I am just so thankful to have been a part of this program for the past four years,” Parker said. “I’ve met lifelong friends. I’ve created relationships with people that will never be broken, and I’ve just had so much fun and I’ve been so blessed to have been coached by Coach Gasso and Coach Lombardi and JT. I’m just so blessed that they took a chance on me and have had confidence in me and believed in me.”