As we learn more and more about just how good Alabama is, it's also becoming more and more clear about the opportunity that eluded Oklahoma's softball team on Thursday night in Oklahoma City. While the Tide will be taking the day off, and resting, the Sooners will be back in the dirt fighting to keep their season and national championship hopes alive.
Up first for the Sooners are the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette whom OU lost two out of three against back in March. The Cajuns feature one of the top offenses in the nation and won't be an easy out for Oklahoma but Head Coach Patty Gasso likes their chances. "I think we're a completely different team than what Lafayette saw back in March," Gasso Said. "I know this team is excited to play them. I think we're both familiar with each other but, again, we're different. And I think that will help us."
On the other side of the Cajuns are the top seeded Oregon Ducks who are waiting to prove their merit after being shutdown by Florida on Friday evening. Oklahoma will have to get past both schools just to have a shot at having a shot to get into the championship series that starts on Monday night.
If the Sooners manage to go 2-0 on Saturday then they'll have turn around and go 2-0 again on Sunday to qualify for the championship series. "I'm trusting you're going to see a team that's going to look different, that's going to fight, that's going to put it out on the field just like we did this last weekend with Tennessee in order to get us here," Gasso added. "That's the style and approach we need to take."
The hope would be that this OU softball team still has a lot of fight left in them because they have a lot of battling left to do in order to get where they want to be. Saturday won't be easy on the Sooners at all but Sunday will be even more rough because if they advance through on Saturday then it'll Alabama there waiting for them on Sunday.