Oklahoma softball: Sooners pick up another elite transfer for 2023 roster

Texas A&M senior Haley Lee must have liked what she saw when the Aggies went up against the national champion Oklahoma softball team in the Norman Regional this postseason.

The A&M slugger has decided to switch sides and play her final season of eligibility with the Sooners.

Lee accounted for the only runs Texas A&M scored in two games against host OU in the Norman Regional. She stroked a two-run home run in the sixth inning to cut the Oklahoma lead to a single run, but that was as close as the Aggies would get in a 3-2 OU win. The Sooners throttled the Aggies 20-0 in 5 innings in an elimination game the next day.

The Sooners are getting Texas A&M’s best player this past season. Lee, who plays the catcher position, started all 59 games for the Aggies in the 2022 season. She led the team in batting average (,405), hits (68), home runs (15) and runs batted in (45) and was a First-Team All-SEC selection. She received a second-team All-America selection by D1Softball.

Lee was a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist in both of the past two seasons. OU All-American Jocelyn Alo won that award in both 2021 and 2022.

The Texas A&M star is one of four elite transfers head coast Patty Gasso has added to the Oklahoma roster following the Sooners second straight national championship last month. She joins All-Pac 12 infielders Alynah Torres and Cydney Sanders, both from Arizona State, along with Michigan transfer Alex Storako, the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 2021.

Oklahoma also has another top-ranked recruiting class coming in for the 2023 season, which means the Sooners should be the No. 1 team again heading into next season.