Dallas Colleges: Arizona State

Sooners advance to Women's College World Series finals

June, 3, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Katie Norris homered, Keilani Ricketts struck out 13 and Oklahoma advanced to the Women's College World Series finals by beating defending champion Arizona State, 5-3, on Sunday.

The fourth-seeded Sooners (53-8) struck for four runs in the third inning against Dallas Escobedo (24-8) to take control. Ricketts had an RBI single to tie it at 2 and Jessica Shults followed with a two-run double that nicked off of right-fielder Alix Johnson's glove as she stretched out to catch it.

Shults then came in to score when third baseman Haley Steele lost Norris' potential inning-ending popup and let it fall.

Annie Lockwood had a two-run double off of Ricketts (36-7) in the first, but Ricketts was able to limit Arizona State (53-11) to three runs despite giving up eight hits and four walks.

Oklahoma will face Alabama in the best-of-three championship series.

If June Jones is heading to Arizona State, as sources have said, there's something inherently wrong about the SMU coach abandoning his players and the school on the day the Mustangs are supposed to announce they'll be joining the Big East at 4 p.m.

(Eds note: As of 3:30 p.m. CT, the June Jones-to-Arizona State negotiations have hit a contractual snag and are not complete, a source close to the negotiations told ESPN.com's Joe Schad.)

This is supposed to be a great day for SMU with its return to a big-time football conference -- at least it hopes so -- and some degree of national relevance.

Instead, Jones' decision to leave for Arizona State makes SMU a laughingstock.


But for every SMU fan and alum who's salty at Jones for leaving, they should at least thank him for resurrecting the program. Jones is 23-28 in four seasons at SMU while leading the Mustangs to three consecutive bowl games.

Remember, this program was in disarray when he arrived.

But he couldn't get it over the hump, and it became clear that Jones became disenchanted with the fan support. Only about 14,000 showed for the Mustangs' final home game against Rice.

SMU, though, missed a chance to capitalize on its momentum from upsetting TCU, when it was blown out by Southern Mississippi (27-3) and Tulsa (38-7) on consecutive weeks. SMU lost four of five after beating TCU, the signature win Jones had been searching for.

It's rarely tidy when a coach leaves.

They either lie. Or go underground, so they don’t have to lie.

A couple of days ago, Jones reportedly told his staff that he was happy at SMU and wasn't leaving. Apparently, something changed.

That won't make transfer quarterback Garrett Gilbert feel any better. He transferred from Texas after getting benched because he wanted to play in prolific passing offense that would help prepare him for the NFL.

Now he has no idea what offense the next coach will run.

Baylor falls short in softball CWS

June, 5, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dallas Escobedo threw a five-hit shutout, Mandy Urfer hit a two-run homer and top-seeded Arizona State beat Baylor 4-0 Sunday to reach the finals of the Women's College World Series.

Annie Lockwood added an RBI double and Lesley Rogers a run-scoring single for the Sun Devils (58-6), who will face Florida in the best-of-three championship series starting Monday night.

The offensive struggles continued for the Bears (47-15), who scored just two runs in four games at the World Series -- both on game-ending home runs in extra innings.

Escobedo (35-3) got the better of Aledo's Whitney Canion (31-12), who hurled a 13-inning shutout to get the Bears into the semifinals.

Baylor needed 13 innings to eliminate Missouri 1-0 on Saturday night, and Canion said she was "mentally exhausted" for the game against Arizona State.

"Our dugout last night was awesome and they didn't give up today," she said. "So I feel like that's what pushed me, was seeing my teammates around me.

"I feel like I stayed with all my pitches and everything because of the team around me," Canion said. "My gas tank was empty but they kept me going -- the dugout, everyone cheering for me. They kept saying they were behind me and everything and that just kept me going. So it was definitely the team around me. Everyone was just positive the whole time."

The Sun Devils are back in the championship series for the first time since winning the title in 2008.