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Bedlam softball journal: Sooners still waiting on stadium

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Record crowds attended the Bedlam softball games in Norman and Stillwater on Saturday and Sunday. In this photo, the Sooners salute their fans after a Game 1 victory over Oklahoma State. 
 [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]
Record crowds attended the Bedlam softball games in Norman and Stillwater on Saturday and Sunday. In this photo, the Sooners salute their fans after a Game 1 victory over Oklahoma State. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]

As Oklahoma'ss 22nd season at Marita Hynes Field concludes, the wait continues for construction to begin on a new stadium.

“We’re just being patient,” OU coach Patty Gasso said. “It’s time. It’s needed. If we have 3,000 seats here, and we have a good quality team, I believe that we’re gonna fill these seats.”

Plans for a new $22 million softball facility were approved last June. The future home will be located at the northwest corner of Jenkins Avenue and Imhoff Road — half a mile south of the current stadium.

The new stadium is expected to seat 3,000 fans, more than doubling the 1,378 capacity of Marita Hynes Field.

The athletic department hasn’t provided a recent progress update. There’s no timeline for the project, as it’s being funded entirely by donors and the athletic department.

“There are people who don’t come because they know they can’t get in,” Gasso said. “We’re selling things out way in advance, which is great, but how far could we go with this? How big could this sport grow? How many people would come out? I’m anxious to see that.”

Winning streak watch

Oklahoma extended its winning streak to 38 games, tying South Carolina’s 1997 squad for the second-longest streak in Division-I softball history.

Arizona won 47 consecutive games spanning the 1996 and 1997 seasons.

Cowgirls set multiple team records

When her long fly ball slammed off the scoreboard behind the right field fence, OSU senior Samantha Show set the school record for home runs in a season with 16.

The record had been held by Madi Sue Montgomery, who hit 15 last season.

Montgomery set a record Sunday as well. With her second at-bat of the day — and the 705th of her career — she broke Shanel Scott’s record for career at-bats as a Cowgirl.

Sunday’s attendance of 1,374 blew past the previous Cowgirl Stadium record of 1,024 set in Bedlam last year.

On deck

The Big 12 Tournament bracket is set. In the pool-play format, No. 1 seed OU will play No. 4 seed Texas Tech at 2 p.m. Friday, and No. 6 seed Kansas at 7:30 Friday at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium.

No. 2 seed OSU will play No. 3 seed Texas at 11 a.m. Friday and No. 5 seed Iowa State at 5 p.m. Friday.

Joe Mussatto and Scott Wright, Staff writers

Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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