“OU Winningest Team Since 2012” Written By Bill Plummer
NORMAN, OKLA — Even wonder what women's college softball team has had the highest winning percentage since 2012? Alabama and Florida, recent winners of the Women's College World Series, must be considered, but they rank third and fourth behind runner-up Louisiana-Lafayette. Heading the list is the University of Oklahoma.
Since 2012, the Sooners have won 162 games and lost 27 for a winning percentage of .857. Louisiana-Lafayette is at .826 with Florida while Alabama played softball at a winning percentage of .814. Five OU seniors (Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley, Callie Parsons, Georgia Casey and Jessica Vest) have contributed to the outstanding record since 2012 and they hope to conclude their final year with perhaps another national title. The Sooners have two so far, 2000 and 2013, and would like nothing better than to win a third in 2015. But defending champion Florida returns with a veteran team and has a chance at becoming the first team since Arizona 2006-2007 in repeating as national champions.
OU coach Patty Gasso has done an outstanding job during her time at OU and enters the 2015 season only 21 wins short of 1,000.(979-296-2, .767 winning percentage). Overall, Gasso has a 24-year record of 1,140 wins, 355 losses and two ties and a winning percentage of .762. And she is optimistic about the 2015 season, which opened Thursday in Hawaii.
“This team is really, really good. I’m really excited,” Gasso said. “There are no holes here. It’s a good mixture of all classes working together well. They’re all back, they’re all healthy and they’re all hungry because they didn’t finish the way they wanted to last season.” Gasso is referring to the 4-2 loss OU experienced in the 2014 WCWS to top-seeded Oregon (56-8-1). OU fell behind 3-0, but their rally fell short and finished the season 51-13 in their fourth consecutive appearance in the WCWS. OU is seeking its fifth consecutive trip to the WCWS. Last team to make five or more trips to the WCWS was Arizona, 2005-2010.
Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women's College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.
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