UH softball extra—Bruins up next

June 3rd, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY >> UH head coach Bob Coolen likes playing early in the day. Seems waiting around tends to add to the tension.

But he’ll gladly deal with it tomorrow when UH faces UCLA in a winner’s bracket game at 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. Hawaii time).

The Bruins own a 14-4 advantage in the all-time series with UH. The last time the teams met in the postseason, the Rainbow Wahine edged the Bruins 3-1 in eight innings in the Los Angeles regional in 2007. UH went on to advance to the super regional at Tennessee that year.

“We have some history there, they definitely got the last punch and our goal is to be able to show up and play our ball,” UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez said.

The Bruins won the most recent meeting, a 3-0 victory at the Palm Springs Classic in 2008.

>> Missouri pitcher Kristin Nottlemann on the pitch to Traci Yoshikawa that resulted in the go-ahead home run: “The last one I probably would have wanted back. I think I might have wanted to go inside instead of away. But I thought we could get her out away because we had all day. It’s tough when those kind of things happen.”

>> Stephanie Ricketts’ sisters — Samantha and Keilani — were in the stands for yesterday’s game. Samantha is a former All-American at Oklahoma and Keilani just finished her freshman year with the Sooners. They ditched their usual crimson gear to support Stephanie. “I have to tell them they look good in green,” Stephanie said.

>> Hailing from Tampa, Fla., UH catcher Katie Grimes had quite a bit of interest in the UCLA-Florida game following UH’s win.

Asked about her preference, Grimes said, “I guess the best way to sum it up is my mom went to Florida State.”

She won’t get a chance to play the Gators just yet as UCLA thumped Florida 16-3 in six innings.

>> UH athletic director Jim Donovan and UH-Manoa chancellor Virginia Hinshaw arrived in Oklahoma City this morning and got to the stadium in time for the first pitch. Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson also attended the league’s first appearance in the WCWS since Fresno State played here in 1999.

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