The odds of this Oklahoma softball team making it through an entire season without a loss was never very realistic and yet Saturday's loss, their first so far, still came as a shock. Maybe it should not have, after all the Sooners were playing a Nebraska team ranked in the Top 25, but this OU team had dominated every other ranked team they had played.
Add to the fact that starter Michelle Gascoigne gave up just two hits in the game, but unfortunately one of those was a solo home run which accounted for all of the scoring in this one. Outside of that one hit, Gascoigne was her usual dominant self striking out seven while only walking one. Credit the Huskers pitching for doing something no other team has done in keeping this powerful Oklahoma offense off the scoreboard.
The Sooners had their chances to score, but for a variety of reasons failed to capitalize on any of them.
Oklahoma beat this same Nebraska 10-3 just hours prior in the first game of their Saturday double header, but even that was more of a struggle than the final score would suggest. The game was tied 3-3 heading into the fifth inning before the Oklahoma offense exploded for seven runs to all but end things. The Sooners also won their home opener (6-0) on Friday against a Houston team who they will play again on Sunday at noon.
With the loss, Oklahoma moves to a still very impressive 17-1 on the season. Patty Gasso knew this would come at some point and thus you can expect her to have this team ready to bounce back from it. One loss in March changes very little about this season and does nothing to take away how good this team still is and will continue to be.