The Oklahoma Sooners are headed to the Super Regionals for the seventh straight season as they knocked off Ole Miss Sunday, 3-0 to complete yet another undefeated regional campaign. OU will be back home next weekend playing Louisiana-Lafayette for the right to advance to the Women's College World Series. Dates and times are still to be determined. Baylor and Oklahoma State saw their seasons come to an end on Sunday, suffering losses in the Regional Final to Oregon and Georgia, respectively. The Bears lost 8-1 to the Ducks, and the Cowgirls defeated the Bulldogs 5-3 to force a winner-take-all matchup, before ultimately falling to UGA 6-0 in the rubber match. The seven straight trips to the Supers for OU is the second longest active streak in the country behind Alabama (12). Oklahoma is making its 10th appearance overall. The Ragin' Cajuns lead the all-time series versus the Sooners 15-11, though OU is 3-0 in Norman and 3-1 in postseason play. Most recently, the teams met four times during the 2014 season as ULL won two of three games during a regular season series in Lafayette, but the Sooners won 3-1 during the 2014 WCWS. Sunday's win over Ole Miss marked the 25th straight victory for Oklahoma, four games behind its all-time record of 29 set in 2005. OU has also won 32 of its past 33 contests. The Sooners have won 16 straight Regional games and 21 of 22 such contests dating back to 2010. During the 16-game win streak, OU has outscored opponents 177-41. All-time, Oklahoma is 61-17 in Regional action. Sophomore Paige Parker was the story Sunday as she needed just 83 pitches to throw her 13th shutout of the season, which is tied for seventh most in program history. Parker has earned a win in 21 consecutive appearances and has a 31-3 record on the season. She had a perfect game through 3.2 innings before allowing a single and finished with just four hits allowed
Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have all advanced to the Regional final portion of NCAA softball postseason action, including Oklahoma who is just one win from clinching a Super Regional appearance, yet again. The Sooners dominated Ole Miss in their lone contest of Saturday, scoring seven runs in the second inning on their way to a 9-1, five inning run-rule victory. The win marked 24 in a row for OU, the second most consecutive wins in school history. The all-time program record is 29 straight wins, set in 2005 from February 11 to March 18. The win over the Rebels also extended OU's winning streak in Regional play. The Sooners have won 15 straight Regional games and 20 of 21 such contests since 2010. During the 15-game win streak, OU has outscored opponents 174-41. All-time, Oklahoma is 60-17 in Regional action. Oklahoma will now face Ole Miss again on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CT with a chance to advance to the Super Regionals with a victory. If OU were to lose, the two teams would meet again in a winner-take-all battle. Baylor, who entered Saturday 1-0 in the Regional, lost its opening game of the day to Regional host Oregon 6-0, but rebounded with an 11-2 win over Long Beach State to set up a rematch with Oregon on Sunday. The Bears have to beat the Ducks two times in a row to win the Region and advance to the Super Regionals. The Cowgirls began the day by winning an elimination game against Maine 10-1 after a loss Friday to Northwestern, 2-1. The win over Maine set up a rematch with NU for a chance to face Regional host, Georgia, in the final. The contest with Northwestern was tight the whole game, reaching extra innings knotted at 2-2. In the top of the ninth, Cowgirl sophomore Randee O'Donnell executed an RBI-squeeze bunt to help secure the dramatic win against the Wildcats and advance to the final. The Cowgirls now face the Bulldogs at noon CT on Sunda
Day one of NCAA softball regionals saw Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas come away victorious, while Oklahoma State dropped a tightly contested contest.
Led by No. 3 national seed Oklahoma, the Big 12 is represented in the NCAA Division I Softball Championship with four squads. Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas join Oklahoma in the postseason field, which gets underway on Friday, May 20. OU is hosting and as a national seed for the 10th straight year. BU heads to Eugene, Oregon, OSU to Athens, Georgia and UT to Lafayette, Louisiana for regional play. The Big 12 continues to have three teams (43% of the league) either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls (USA Today/NFCA / ESPN.com/USA Softball): Oklahoma (3/3), Baylor (21/17) and Texas (RV/25). Regional and all Super Regional sites will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. The league finished the regular season with a 169-83 (.671) record versus other conferences. The league has not lost a non-conference matchup since April 20, reeling off 16 wins in a row. Oklahoma has not lost a game in a month and a half and is currently riding a 22-game winning streak that dates back to its sole conference loss of the season vs. Kansas on April 2. Baylor has also won 10 in a row. During the winning streak, the Sooners claimed their fifth consecutive Big 12 Championship and ninth title overall, the most of any school. OU posted a 17-1 mark in conference play, the best in program history. The Sooners are 8-4 this season vs. top 25 opponents, including a 2-0 mark vs. the SEC (wins over No. 6 Alabama & No. 10 Tennessee) who has nine teams currently ranked. The Big 12 as a whole, holds a 10-9 mark over the Southeastern Conference. 2016 All-Big 12 honors were announced this week, with Oklahoma's Erin Miller and Oklahoma State's Vanessa Shippy earned Co-Player of the Year honors, while OU's Paige Parker was named Pitcher of the Year for the second season in a row. The Sooners' Shay Knighten took home Freshman of the Year, Kelsey Arnold grabbed Defensive Player o
Fresh off claiming seven All-Big 12 honors and five individual awards this week, the No. 3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners are taking home the final weekly awards of the 2016 season, as well. Sooner infielder Sydney Romero and pitcher Paige Parker are the weekly winners thanks to strong performances in the Bedlam matchup with Oklahoma State this past weekend. Romero, a freshman, picks up her first career weekly honor and Parker her 12th. It is the fifth of the season for Parker and her first back-to-back award win of the year. Romero earned yearly honors as a Second Team All-Big 12 and an All-Freshman Team member, and Parker took home Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-Big 12 recognition for the second consecutive season.
The 2016 All-Big 12 Softball Team and individual award winners have been announced, with No. 3 Oklahoma leading the way with seven All-Big 12 selections. The Sooners also earned at least a share of all five individual honors.
National seed OU along with BU, OSU and UT have earned NCAA Softball Championship berths.
The Big 12 continues to have three teams (43% of the league) either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls (USA Today/NFCA / ESPN.com/USA Softball): Oklahoma (5/t4), Baylor (21/16) and Texas (RV/25). With Oklahoma State's two wins on Tuesday, the Big 12 now has a 169-83 (.671) record versus other conferences. The league has not lost a non-conference matchup since April 20, reeling off 16 wins in a row. Oklahoma has not lost a game in well over a month and is currently riding a 20-game winning streak that dates back to its sole conference loss of the season vs. Kansas on April 2. Baylor has also won 10 in a row. During the winning streak, the Sooners claimed their fifth consecutive Big 12 Championship and ninth title overall, the most of any school. OU has posted a 15-1 mark thus far in conference play with just two games remaining against their in-state rival, Oklahoma State, who has won seven in a row. The Sooners are 8-4 this season vs. top 25 opponents, including a 2-0 mark vs. the SEC (wins over No. 4 Alabama & No. 9 Tennessee) who has nine teams currently ranked. The Big 12 as a whole, holds a 10-9 mark over the Southeastern Conference. Oklahoma pitcher Paige Parker and Texas centerfielder Lindsey Stephens continued their strong 2016 campaigns, once again earning the Big 12 Player of the Week awards. Parker earned her fourth league honor of 2016 and Stephens her third. Stephens was also named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week for her four home run effort. In the NCAA rankings: Oklahoma is currently first nationally in batting average (.359) fielding percentage (.984). Kansas sits third in the country in fielding at .980. Individually, Oklahoma's Caleigh Clifton is seventh in the country in on-base percentage (.577). Baylor's Heather Stearns sits tied for sixth in saves with six while OU's Parker is tied for second in shutouts
Oklahoma pitcher Paige Parker and Texas centerfielder Lindsey Stephens continued their strong 2016 campaigns, once again earning the Big 12 Player of the Week awards. Parker earns her fourth award of 2016 after being named Pitcher of the Week seven times in 2015 en route to Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and second team All-American honors. Stephens' Player of the Week achievement is the sixth of her career (third of 2016), and she also earned Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week honors for her efforts. She was named All-Big 12 First Team in 2015 and earned Third Team All-America honors in 2014. Both athletes have also been named finalists for the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
The Oklahoma Sooners have clinched a share of the Big 12 Softball Championship by virtue of their second win over Texas Tech this weekend, a 4-0 victory. OU can clinch the league outright with a victory in the series finale and complete the sweep over the Red Raiders. Oklahoma has won the Big 12 Championship each of the last five seasons and nine times in the history of the league, the most of any institution. Coach Patty Gasso and the No. 7 ranked Sooners have not lost a game in over a month and are currently riding an 19-game winning streak that dates back to their sole conference loss of the season vs. Kansas on April 2. Additionally, Oklahoma is 8-4 this season vs. top 25 opponents, including a 2-0 mark vs. the SEC (wins over No. 4 Alabama & No. 9 Tennessee) who has nine teams currently ranked. In the NCAA statistical rankings, Oklahoma is currently third in the country in batting average (.356) and first in fielding percentage (.984). Sophomore pitcher Paige Parker is tied for fourth in the NCAA with nine shutouts this season. Last season, Parker was named the NFCA Freshman of the Year, NFCA Second Team All-American, Big 12 Pitcher of the Year, Big 12 Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Region and All-Big 12 First Team. In 2016 she has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week three times. Following the series finale with Texas Tech, Oklahoma closes out the regular season with home-and-home matchups against in-state rival Oklahoma State Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.
Fifty-five Big 12 softball student-athletes are featured on the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Team.
The Big 12 continues to have three teams (43% of the league) either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls (USA Today/NFCA / ESPN.com/USA Softball): Oklahoma (7/7), Baylor (21/17) and Texas (RV/RV).