Sooners to lose three more players? Coach Patty Gasso made a Strong reassuring Statement to erase sooners tears after Losing Ten Players.

The Sooners are coming off their fourth consecutive national title, and head coach Patty Gasso made a promise to fans at the championship celebration on June 8.

Three Sooners — Avery Hodge, Quincee Lilio, and SJ Geurin — reportedly entered the transfer portal on Monday. This leaves OU with eight returners heading into 2025. Paired with the eight freshmen who signed in the 2024 class, this leaves five open roster spots for Patty Gasso to fill through the transfer portal.

Despite the departure of 10 seniors, the Sooners won’t be devoid of experience as they head into the SEC.

At the championship celebration, Patty Gasso reassured fans, “Just be patient, we’re losing 10 seniors. We’re going to rebuild this into something wonderful.”

Players Leaving OU Softball in Transfer Portal

Avery Hodge, Infielder

Sophomore infielder Avery Hodge has reportedly entered the transfer portal, according to a June 10 report by D1Softball’s Justin McLeod.

Hodge, who shared playing time at second base with Alynah Torres, hit .284 in 74 at-bats for the Sooners in 2024. When Torres was injured against UCLA in the Women’s College World Series, Hodge held her own, hitting a combined 4 for 12 against Florida and Texas. Hodge’s double in an elimination game against the Gators kept OU alive, and she represented the game-tying run when she scored.

With Torres out of eligibility, Hodge was expected to play a significant role for the Sooners next season. The Richmond, Texas, native will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Quincee Lilio, Utility

Redshirt sophomore utility player Quincee Lilio has reportedly entered the transfer portal, per a June 10 report by D1Softball’s Justin McLeod.

Lilio didn’t play much in 2024 and finished with a .129 batting average in 31 at-bats. She was ranked a top-five overall prospect in the 2022 class by Extra Inning Softball.

SJ Geurin, Pitcher

Redshirt freshman left-hander SJ Geurin has reportedly entered the transfer portal, according to a June 10 report by D1Softball’s Justin McLeod.

Geurin pitched 10 innings for OU in 2024 and held a 0.70 earned run average. The last time Geurin pitched was April 12 in a loss to BYU. She redshirted for the Sooners in 2023.

Key Returning Players:

– Cydney Sanders: Returning as the team’s lone senior, Sanders is entering her third year in the program after transferring from Arizona State following her freshman season.
– Kierston Deal:The left-handed pitcher will be the most experienced arm on OU’s pitching staff.
Hannah Coor: The redshirt junior will return to the outfield.
– Paytn Monticelli: The right-handed flamethrower is set to return after pitching 19 1/3 innings last year.
– Kasidi Pickering and Ella Parker: Both gained crucial experience throughout 2024, providing a solid foundation for the 2025 Sooners.
– Maya Bland: Primarily used as a pinch-runner, Bland will be back in Norman next year.
– Nelly McEnroe-Marinas: She redshirted last year after sustaining an injury and will return in 2025.

Incoming Talent:

– Audrey Lowry: A left-handed pitcher, will join the pitching staff in the talented 2024 freshman class under the guidance of associate head coach and pitching coach Jennifer Rocha.
– Tia Milloy, Kadey McKay, Gabbie Garcia, and Sydney Barker: These infield signees could all compete for time.
– Riley Zache and Corri Hicks: Two catchers joining the Sooners.
– Chaney Helton: An in-state star who could slot into OU’s outfield.

The transfer portal window officially closes on June 17. Players need to enter the portal by next Monday but can commit to new programs in the following weeks.