One of Oklahoma's all-time greats

Senior third baseman Norrelle Dickson talks about her career at Oklahoma.

Senior third baseman Norrelle Dickson is one of the greatest athletes to ever play at Oklahoma. I realize many times we don't evaluate an athlete outside of football or basketball in this area, but in reality OU has a number of great athletes in different sports who are among the elite in school history or the elite in their sport. Dickson is one of those players.

She will end her career at OU as the all-time leader in hits, runs and stolen bases. In fact, she is one of only 11 players in the history of college softball who for her career has 300 hits, 200 runs and at least 100 stolen bases. Dickson is a cinch to be an All-American this year making it three straight years she has been named to the All-American team. Dickson also has been named to the USA Junior National Team Roster and she will be invited to the USA National tryout this summer.

Dickson hits at the top of the order for the third-ranked Sooners and sparks the No. 1 offense in collegiate softball. She has already been drafted to play professionally, but first things first as she will try to lead the Sooners back to the Women's College World Series.

Senior Night was rained out on Thursday, but earlier in the week Norrelle was working in the batting cage and took a couple of minutes out to talk to OUInsider.com.

JH: You have been a starter since Day 1 of your freshman year, but it seems just like yesterday you were in the lineup as a true freshman.

ND: "I know, it is crazy. I can't believe that my senior year has gone by so fast. I feel like I just got my drivers license. I certainly don't feel like I should be graduating from college."

JH: How emotional is Senior Day?

ND: "I will probably be the first person that cries. I can't even listen to a sad song or anything without getting emotional. So I am sure I will be the first one that cries."

JH: You will leave OU as not only one of the greatest players in school history, but in college softball history as well. I guess you made the right choice in choosing OU?

ND: "I am so honored to have been coached by Coach (Patty) Gasso, (Howard) Dobson and Coach (Melyssa) Lombardi, because they have done a wonderful job. I wouldn't trade any of my experiences here for anything in the whole world. I love it here at OU."

JH: Earlier this year, you said you had too much softball to play to think about your records. But now that senior night is here, what do you think about them now?

ND: "When I sit back and look at it I say, 'Wow, that is a lot of hits, runs and stolen bases.' I say, 'Man, that has been a lot of work.' I like to sit back and just smile and think that my hard work paying off."

JH: You guys stubbed your toe in Kansas a little bit losing the first game, but you came back and run-ruled them in the second game. You have the best offense in college softball, but when you have lost this year a pitcher has shut you girls down, which is the way softball is played isn't it?

ND: "Yeah it is a game of numbers and you have got to have a little bit of luck. (Kassie) Humphries pitched really well on Saturday and we were very uncharacteristic offensively. Sunday, we came back and really hit. I think that is the Sooners you will see in the postseason. You will see our aggressive hitters once again."

JH: You have been on a lot of good teams, so do you like this teams' chances in the postseason?

ND: "Yeah, this team is fun. The personality of all the girls is fun and they are fun to be around. I will do everything I can to make this thing go. I do not want to stop playing softball here or with these girls. We need to play them one game at a time and just keep going through that post season."

JH: Is pro softball definitely in your future or Olympic softball?

ND: "I will be playing this summer with the Akron Razors for the MPF League. I will be playing softball still after I graduate from OU, and it will be for some money this time."

JH: What would you like to say to the OU fans?

ND: "I just want to thank them for all their love and support. We have such great fans and also such great support from the student body at OU. Our fellow students are always encouraging us to do well. Our fans are the best and we have gotten to know many of them. That is what is really great — our fans are so close to us that we have got to know them and I know how most of them are going to cheer for us during the game. They are the best and we could not have the success that we do without their support. I look forward to playing for them in the postseason."



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