Sooners Softball Coach Expresses Concern After Other Teams Forced To Play Through The Night

Monday, June 7th 2021, 10:12 am


Saturday night's game ended around 2 a.m. Sunday leaving Florida State players without sleep, but OU's head softball coach, Patty Gasso, said it's time for this to be fixed.

"I would just like to see what other championship does the same thing. I am starting to hear coaches talk about this. It is very uncomfortable to talk to our players about standing up for what is right, yet what is happening around us is not right," Gasso said.

Gasso wants the Women's College World Series to be lengthened to match the men's series, pushing back on the long grueling weekend, often forcing double-headers.

The inflexibility is not applied equally.

While a rain delay pushed OU's James Madison rematch to Monday, officials made OSU and Florida State start to play just before midnight Saturday.

Those players went to bed at 4 a.m.

Gasso said she was shocked the game went on that late and demanded change.

Now, elimination is on the line for the Sooners with Monday's rematch with James Madison.

Their record is tied with the Dukes, making Monday's match a must-win.

"We're ready to battle. We are all in," said OU softball player Tiare Jennings.

Monday's play is set for 3 p.m. on ESPN, and the NCAA has moved the title series to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, if necessary.