Nicole Mendes explains why OU softball 2024 will be different, and just as potent

Nicole Mendes explains why OU softball 2024 will be different, and just as potent

The Lederman Jacket: Two-time national champion Nicole Mendes on the consensus national favorites, changes on the roster and a potential stumble during the quest for another Sooner title.

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

| Feb 6, 2024, 3:00pm CST

Eli Lederman

By Eli Lederman

Feb 6, 2024, 3:00pm CST

Oklahoma’s pursuit of an unprecedented four-peat later this spring begins Thursday in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge as the top-ranked Sooners embark on another season as consensus national title favorites.

Before OU kicks off its latest championship defense, former Sooner and two-time national Nicole Mendes joined the show to dive into OU’s roster changes, increased flexibility in the lineup and in the circle this season and the potential stumbling blocks in the program’s chase to lift another trophy in Oklahoma City in June. 

Episode highlights:

11:46: Sooners searching for a new identity in the early months of the season

17:13: Filling holes left behind by Grace Lyons and Haley Lee

23:25: Managing a deep and talented pitching rotation

37:30: The biggest challenge standing in the way of the Sooners’ title defense

Producer: Jacquelyn Musgrove

Creative Director: Michael Lane

Social media team: Bobby Howard

Director of Content: Mike Sherman

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Eli Lederman reports on the University of Oklahoma for Sellout Crowd. He began his professional career covering the University of Missouri with the Columbia Missourian and later worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before two years writing on the Sooners and Cowboys at the Tulsa World. Born and raised in Mamaroneck, New York, Lederman grew up a rabid consumer of the New York sports pages and an avid fan of the New York Mets. He entered sportswriting at 14 years old and later graduated from the University of Missouri. Away from the keyboard, he can usually be found exploring the Oklahoma City food scene or watching/playing fútbol (read: soccer). He can be reached at [email protected].

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