OU Weekly Sport Notes - April 21

A look at some of the other happenings surrounding Oklahoma Athletics this week.


Last Week:
The Oklahoma men's gymnastics team claimed the eighth national title in program history, while freshman Steven Legendre (FX, V) and senior Jonathan Horton (SR) won individual national championships.  Six Oklahoma gymnasts earned a total of 11 All-America honors during Saturday night's Event Finals.  The second-seeded Sooners upset No. 1 Stanford on their home floor in Maples Pavilion, securing the title on the final routine of the night.  Following the meet, OU head coach Mark Williams was named National Coach of the Year, while assistants Daniel Furney and Rustam Sharipov were honored as National Co-Assistant Coaches of the Year.

With eight national titles, the men's gymnastics team is now the most-decorated program at OU, outpacing football and wrestling with seven titles apiece … Horton's NCAA title on still rings was the sixth of his career, extending his own OU record … With his wins on floor exercise and vault, Legendre became just the fourth OU gymnast to claim multiple titles in one season and just the first freshman to win more than one event crown … Earning All-America honors for the Sooners were Chris Brooks (PB, HB), Russell Czeschin (FX), Horton (AA, SR, PB), Jason Laughton (PH), Legendre (FX, V, HB) and Reed Pitts (FX) … On Wednesday night prior to the start of competition, Horton was honored as the winner of the 2008 Nissen-Emery Award, given annually to the nation's top senior collegiate gymnasts … ESPN2 (Cox Channel 28, HD Channel 721 in OKC) will air the 2008 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships on Thursday, April 24 at 2 p.m. (CT).

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Last Week:
The Sooners finished 3-2 last week and capped it off with a 22-4 run rule over visiting No. 11 Missouri on Sunday. The win helped OU avoid the series sweep after the Tigers edged the Sooners in the first two games (9-4 on Friday and 6-5 in 10 innings on Saturday). Earlier in the week, the Sooners remained perfect in mid-week action with a pair of wins at TCU (5-4 in 12 innings) on Tuesday and at home on Wednesday over Southern Nazarene (15-3 in seven innings).


This Week: The Sooners will return to action at home on Tuesday, April 22 against TCU at 7 p.m., where $.50 hot dogs and cokes will be available while supplies last.  OU will also host Southern Nazarene on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and admission is free.  Over the weekend, OU heads to Lubbock, Texas for a three-game set with Texas Tech.  That series begins on Friday, Apri 25 at 6:05 p.m. Game two is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday and the finale is set for Sunday at 1 p.m.


Notes: Sunday's 22 runs tied for the second most by an OU team in a Big 12 regular season game and tied the mark set in 2003 against Kansas State (W, 22-6) ... That game on May 11 was also the last time OU run ruled a Big 12 team during a regular season game ... The Sooners loaded the bases six times on Sunday and connected for base hits on five occasions ... OU's 22-4 victory marked the largest margin of victory in a Big 12 regular season game for the Sooners ... The Sooners connected for more hits with runners in scoring position on Sunday (17), than the previous two games combined (8). 


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SOFTBALL (37-11, 10-2 Big 12)

Last Week: 
The No. 8 Oklahoma softball team remained in hunt for the Big 12 regular season title this week as it swept Iowa State last weekend in Ames.  The Sooners topped the Cyclones, 5-3, in the first game and followed that with a 9-1 victory over ISU on Sunday.  It was a slow week for the Sooners as they only played two games all week.

This Week: 
Oklahoma has a key week with the Ford Bedlam series and the Texas series. The Sooners head to Stillwater Tuesday to resume an postponed game against Oklahoma State.  The game will begin at 7 p.m., and Oklahoma owns the 2-0 leading in the bottom of the second.  The contest will be televised live by Cox Communications (Cox Ch. 7 in OKC and Cox Ch. 3 in Tulsa) with Chad McKee of KWTV Channel 9 handling the play-by-play duties and former OSU coach Sandy Fischer providing color analysis. The Cowgirls and Sooners will play back-to-back games against each other as the second installment of Bedlam is set for this Wednesday night in Norman at 7 p.m. That contest will also be televised live by Cox Communications (Cox Ch. 7 in OKC and Cox Ch. 3 in Tulsa) with Brian Brinkley (play-by-play) and former Sooner Norrelle Dickson (color) calling the game.    Following the Ford Bedlam Series, the Sooners will host Texas this weekend in a two-game series.  The series will begin on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest and conclude on Sunday with a 12 p.m. match up.

Oklahoma remains in second place in the Big 12 standings with a 10-2 record and is on the heels of league-leader Texas A&M (14-1 Big 12 record) … The Sooners have won the last 11 consecutive meetings against the Cowgirls … Senior Lauren Eckermann is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award … Junior D.J. Mathis and sophomore Amber Flores are two of the 25 finalists for USA Softball's National Player of the Year Award … The Sooners own 63 home runs this season which ranks fourth in the country and first in the Big 12.


Wednesday:  Pack the Park Day – first 1,00 fans receive a free OU rally towel
Saturday:  Breast Cancer Awareness Day – first 1,000 fans will receive a free OU pink t-shirt
Saturday: First 250 fans receive free crocs

Web:  http://www.soonersports.com/sports/w-softbl/okla-w-softbl-body.html



This Week: OU turns its attention towards the NCAA Championships, held April 24-26 in Athens, Ga. Seeded 10th, the Sooners were placed in the afternoon session of the preliminary team competition on Thursday, Apr. 24 at 12 noon (CDT) inside Stegeman Coliseum on the University of Georgia campus.  Joining OU in the first session is Florida, LSU, Alabama, Oregon State and Arkansas


Notes: The top three teams in each of Thursday's sessions will advance to the NCAA Super Six on Friday, April 25 at 5 p.m. (CDT), where the national team champion is determined … The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will also compete in the individual-event competition Saturday, April 26 at 5 p.m. (CDT) … The 2008 NCAA Gymnastics Championships will air tape-delayed on CBS at 2 p.m. (CDT) on May 10.


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This Week: The Sooners have an off-week in preparation for the 2008 Big 12 Championship, held April 25-27 in Trinity, Texas. The Sooners recorded four top-five finishes during the regular season, highlighted by third-place marks at the Scenic City Invitational and Santa Clara Invitational.  


Notes: Oklahoma is seeking its second Big 12 title in the last three seasons as the Sooners took home the conference crown in 2006 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.


Web: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-golf/okla-m-golf-body.html


Last Week: 
Weather conditions at the John McDonnell Invitational, sunny with a slight breeze from time-to-time, were perfect as Oklahoma athletes recorded what could go down as their most successful meet of the season, if not one of the best regular-season meets in recent history.  Twenty-four NCAA Regional qualifying marks and 21 top-three finishes including 10 event titles highlighted OU action Saturday on the campus of the University of Arkansas.

This Week:
The Sooners host their second of three home meets this season on Saturday, April 26.  The 2008 Sooner Invitational will kick off at 10 a.m. with the women's javelin.  Running events are slated to begin at 1 p.m. and run throughout 5:10 p.m.

Scottesha Miller swept top honors in both the 100- and 200-meter dash along with running the anchor leg on the first-place 4x100-meter relay and finishing second in the long jump, recording NCAA Regional qualifying marks in all four events … Leslie Cole ran personal bests in both the 200- and 400-meter dash to finish first and third, respectively, in each event's Invitational divison … Kristi Cook and Catherine Odell finished one-two in the women's Invitational 800-meter run as both ran career-best races … Latoya Greaves and Latoya Heath both recorded NCAA Regional qualifying marks en route to first and fourth-place finishes in the women's 100-meter hurdles … Shardae Boutte and Tydree Lewis got back to their old ways in the triple jump by finishing 1-2 in the event as both recorded regional qualifying marks.



This Week:
The No. 41 Sooners head to Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., for the 2008 Big 12 Women's Golf Championship, April 25-27.

Notes: OU is coming off its third victory of the season April 6-7 at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman.

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