Patty Gasso opens up on expulsion in second 6-4 win over Bedlam
STILLWATER, Okla. – The most unusual of circumstances came in a 6-4 victory for the top-ranked Sooners in Game 2 of the Bedlam series. For the first time in a long time, head coach Patty Gasso was sent off when she opposed an appeal early in the sixth inning.
Center-Back Jayda Coleman reached with only one in the middle. She then ran from first to third on pinch hitter Taylon Snow’s single, but was called up when Oklahoma State third baseman Sydney Pennington openly shoved her hand out of the bag.
This angered Gasso, as she tossed her signal card, which brought in the other field official, who appeared to bump into Gasso. Ultimately, this led to the expulsion of Sooner’s head coach.
Afterward, she approached this incident and the rest of the game, which ultimately ended as a positive. OUInsider.com presents all his thoughts here.
Opening statement: “It’s a pretty intense game for sure. I was really proud of Shannon Saile. I thought she threw really well. The team grabbed hold of when they needed it… Ultimately, we needed something like that, personally. So it was good to see the team react the way they did.
Where she went during the period after being cast: “It had been a while for me to even know what to do. So I got into the canoe, got out the back door of the canoe and just stood behind the canoe. And then their administrator came over and sort of escorted me to the bus. I knew this was probably where I needed to end up, but I wasn’t sure if someone was escorting me or [what]. I did not know. I did not know. I just did what I was asked to do. Therefore [there’s] not much to it.
If she was able to watch the game on her phone, “To be honest, I’m loyal to Chris Plank, so I put it on the radio. I didn’t want to watch it. I just wanted to listen. And I’m glad I listened to Plank.
Who becomes interim head coach when he leaves after an ejection: “It would be Jen Rocha. She is the associate head coach.
How well that atmosphere will prepare them for the playoffs, “Oh, wonderful. I mean, there’s obviously a lot at stake, and that’s what the playoffs look like. There are times when your back is against the wall, and if you want to continue your season, you have to find a way to do it. It’s really kind of our mentality that we had today, and I think early on we came out really trying to push forward and set the tone. I thought Shannon, like I said, had thrown really well tonight. I couldn’t see it, but heard that Nicole May really did a fantastic job shutting it down for the win. It looked like it was getting really hairy towards the end of this seventh round.
If she thinks it’s time for softball to add instant replay, “I’m 100% doing it. I think that’s a great question, because the stakes are high, and I know umpires can’t see everything, and it’s a tough game to umpire. I know baseball has it, and if baseball has it, softball should have it.
On Nicole Mendes’ home run: “Yeah, he’s our super senior. She tries to leave everything on the pitch and really gave us a different tone, gave us great confidence for the future.
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How proud she was of Shannon Saile: “Well, absolutely. You know, Oklahoma State is a really good hitting team. I mean, they have good throws, but they have training that can swing it, and they’re tough to cross. And I thought about Shannon, she was having some control issues, but I think she bowed more than I’ve ever seen her so far this year. So we needed it. We needed her. We also need it to move forward. But it set a good tone for this team. There were some very good leaders today who, through their performances, set us good examples, Jayda Coleman being one of them.
What she thinks tomorrow could mean for the future of this team: “I think just being in the game is a victory in itself. The atmosphere is fun. It’s hard. It’s fun, because it’s going to bring out the best or the worst in you, and these are things we like to know as we go along. When the fans are super engaged, it’s really fun. It’s a fun, fun, and fun atmosphere. Both teams are intense and fight for what they want. It’s gonna be really [competitive]. Today has been a big, important day for us to find out what we’re made of and who we are. Tomorrow will be another measuring stick for us. Either way, it’ll make us a better team for the playoffs. I already know it. Tomorrow will only add to that.
How important the relief throwing experience was today: “Invaluable. I don’t know how to create it. It is simply priceless. We’re going to be in power in the playoffs, but we’re not going to lead the state of Oklahoma. It just doesn’t work that way. So we have to find ways to score in addition to the big long ball. We have to find ways to bring some races together, and we’ve been doing that in the last few days, and I’m really happy with that. Sometimes these guys feel like they just want to take those really big swings just to get the ball out, and against a good pitch it just doesn’t work. Jayda Coleman is the person who doesn’t really try to lash out but sometimes finds her way. She’s just locked up. She is a player. She’s tough. I do not know. When you try to do that against a good pitch, it doesn’t work. So these are lessons we learned that you don’t have to do – you don’t need a hero here. There are a number of ways you can do this, and we have to trust this process. “
What she saw at Coleman yesterday to put her first: “Intrepidity. Only the [fact] she is a player. She plays a lot of sports and was recruited from college to play volleyball. She played basketball. She ran the trail. Pretty much everything, and she’s just a player who likes to win. And I just don’t see her being very scared of anything, and I want it to start. Not that Tiare [Jennings] right, but Tiara, I just wanted to give her a rest and put her in the – I think I got her in the 4 hole to see what Jayda Coleman could do, because she’s passing a very good weekend . And that really sparked this team. I liked it. She certainly doesn’t have a rookie approach, and that’s what’s so nice to watch about her.