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Patty Gasso After 40-Game Big 12 Winning Streak Snapped: ‘We Need This’

Syndication: The Oklahoman

Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso is the best softball coach in the nation and has always known what the Sooners need. Unfortunately for Sooners fans, Gasso believed they needed a loss.

After Mike White and the Texas Longhorns snapped the Sooners’ 40-game winning streak in Big 12 play, Gasso mentioned that her team needed to learn from their mistakes and would be better in the future because of it.

 

“This was a great environment to put these pitchers in and see what they’re made of,” Gasso said. “They’ll never forget it. Whether it went good or not, they’ll never forget it, and that’s what we need right now. We need this. You’re not going to see us crying and in despair. We’re a team that bounces back really, really well, and we understood that we needed to learn some things as a team and in our responses to things that were not Sooner-like, so we talked a little bit about that, and we learned a lot.”

The outcome of Saturday’s game was a wild one to witness as the 30-6 Longhorns took down the Sooners on a last-second spectacular play from Texas center Reese Atwood, who tagged Oklahoma’s Maya Bland out at the plate with the Sooners just inches away from tying the game at 2-2. A collision at home plate led to a review to determine if Atwood was in a legal guarding position or not, which was deemed unsuccessful; Texas went on to snap their losing streak to Oklahoma, winning the game 2-1.

Gasso wrapped up her thoughts, saying, “We knew this was going to be like this, and again, it’s an honor to have people celebrate so hard when they beat you. It means you’re doing something well, so we just gotta get back on the horse, get after it, and see what we’re like coming off of a loss.”

Texas and Oklahoma will face off again on Sunday, April 7th, at 1:00 p.m. CT in Austin.

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