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Oklahoma Sooners Hot Links: Big 12 softball in OKC, a Bedlam triumph, and more!

Also, former Sooners are lobbying for Dede Westbrook to join them in Kansas City.

2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Championship Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

Happy Monday, friends and fans!

Inside USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex in OKC, the top-seeded Oklahoma Sooners will compete for a Big 12 Softball Tournament championship beginning Friday, May 14.

Once again, OU will enter the conference tourney as the No. 1 seeded team in the league. First up for Patty Gasso’s group in Pool A will be the four-seeded Baylor Bears at 2 p.m. CT, followed by a match against the six-seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7:30 p.m. Check here for a full layout of this year’s bracket.

With a weather cancellation in 2019 and the COVID-19 pandemic cutting the 2020 season short, an official winner of the annual Big 12 Softball Tournament has not been named since 2018. OU has won three straight league titles via this format, and seeks to claim the program’s seventh such title before NCAA Regional play begins later this month.

Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! OU Softball owns Bedlam and the Big 12, safety play intensifies at Oklahoma, Gronk gives back and more!

OU Links

  • This weekend, after dropping Game One in Stillwater, No. 1 Oklahoma rallied to win the next two pulse-pounding Bedlam contests against the No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowgirls to not only win the series but also to claim the program’s ninth straight Big 12 regular season title. The Sooners now carry a 42-2 record into the 2021 postseason. Congrats, ladies! Boomer!
  • Oklahoma Baseball also had itself a fine weekend on the diamond, winning two of three games in Morgantown to claim a series victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers. Up next, the Sooners will reunite with OSU in Tulsa on Tuesday, May 11.
  • Since he stepped on the scene in 2019, junior CB Jaden Davis has been a relatively steady presence in OU’s secondary, but he’s confident that this year’s version of himself will be the best yet. That’s great news for cornerbacks coach Roy Manning, who is enjoying the most depth he’s had at the position since he joined the staff, writes SI Sooners’ John Hoover.
  • Hoover also wrote about senior safety Pat Fields and how his absence from spring ball opened a door for several players to gain ground in the battle for reps in the secondary.
  • Several Kansas City Chiefs players are reportedly openly recruiting free agent WR Dede Westbrook to join them in KC, including former Sooners TE Blake Bell, LS James Winchester, OT Orlando Brown Jr. and center Creed Humphrey.

Around the Sports World

  • At 6’4, 229 pounds, Seattle Seahawks WR DK Metcalf recently clocked a 10.37 100 meter time in an Olympic qualifying meet. It wasn’t fast enough to advance, but considering his size and lack of focused training, it’s an impressive feat to say the least.

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