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League's Top Teams Continue Strong Play
Softball 04/26/2016

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 (9/8), Baylor (21/20) and Texas (RV/RV).

Baylor and Texas Win Weekly Softball Honors
Softball 04/26/2016

Texas' Paige von Sprecken has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week and Baylor's Heather Stearns has earned Pitcher of the Week honors.

OU Stands Alone Atop Big 12 Softball Standings
Softball 04/20/2016

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 (9/9), Baylor (21/21) and Texas (RV/RV).

OUís Knighten and BUís Potts Named Softball Weekly Award Winners
Softball 04/19/2016

Oklahoma's Shay Knighten and Baylor's Kendall Potts have been named Big 12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

OUís Parker & UTís Stephens Named Player of the Year Finalists
Softball 04/14/2016

The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball has announced the Top 25 Finalists for the 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, which features Oklahoma's Paige Parker and Texas' Lindsey Stephens. The award will be presented at the opening of the 2016 NCAA Women's College World Series (WCWS) in Oklahoma City. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball, recognizes the outstanding athletic achievement by female players across the country. On the season, OU's Parker is 17-3 with a 1.66 ERA in 122.0 innings. She's struck out 136 batters against just 33 walks, has thrown eight shutouts and has held opponents to a batting average of .187. The sophomore was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week, the ESPNW National Player of the Week and the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week this past week after earning all four wins for No. 12/9 Oklahoma, including a three-game sweep at then-No. 19/18 Baylor to put the Sooners in first place in the Big 12. It was the first time Baylor had been swept in a three-game series at home since the sport was reintroducedat the school in 1996. Stephens has helped power the Texas offense throughout her senior campaign in the Burnt Orange & White. The Beaumont, Texas, native currently leads UT in every major offensive category: batting average (.407), runs scored (31), hits (48), doubles (15), triples (three), HR's (seven), RBIs (29), total bases (90), slugging percentage (.763), on-base percentage (.478) and stolen bases (11). Her 15 doubles stand just one shy of tying the program single-season record of 16 currently held by former Longhorns standouts Taylor Thom and Nadia Taylor. Just prior to the start of post-season play, the list will be narrowed to the Top 10 Finalists on May 11. The Top 3 Finalists will be announced May

OU Jumps to No. 1 in the Big 12 Standings & No. 9 Nationally
Softball 04/12/2016

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 (12/9), Baylor (20, 19) and Texas (RV/RV).

Montgomery and Parker Snag Weekly Softball Accolades
Softball 04/12/2016

This week's Big 12 Softball awards reside in Bedlam, as Oklahoma State's Madi Sue Montgomery takes home Player of the Week and Oklahoma's Paige Parker grabs Pitcher of the Week.

Exciting Games on Tap for Week 3 of Conference Play
Softball 04/05/2016

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 (14/t12), Baylor (19, 18) and Texas (RV/RV). The conference once again raised it's overall winning percentage over the past week, going 7-3 (.700) vs. other conferences. For the year, the league's overall record vs. other leagues sits at 138-76 (.645). Both Baylor and Texas Tech swept their conference series this past weekend to shoot to the top of the league standings. The Bears are a perfect 5-0 through the first two weeks of league play. Baylor's Heather Stearns and Texas' Lindsey Stephens have been named the Big 12 Players of the Week. Stearns threw a complete-game shutout over then No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette and Stephens hit .500 on the way to the awards. League bats remain strong, with four squads hitting above .300: Oklahoma (.364, No. 4 nationally), Baylor (.318), Oklahoma State (.302) and Texas (.301). Texas Tech (40), Oklahoma (38), Kansas (36) Oklahoma State (35) and Baylor (34) have each eclipsed 30 long balls on the year. Baylor's Sarah Smith leads the league in hitting, posting a .429 (45-for-105) mark this season. TTU's Kierra Miles is currently leads the conference and is tied for 10th in the country in homers with 13. She also leads the league in total bases with 90. BU's Heather Stearns' is at the top of the league in ERA with a 1.32 mark over 111.1 IP. She also has a Big 12-leading 135 strikeouts, 15 wins and five saves (t-2nd in the country).

Bears and ĎHorns Snag Weekly Softball Accolades
Softball 04/05/2016

Baylor's Heather Stearns and Texas' Lindsey Stephens have been named the Big 12 Softball Players of the Week. Stearns threw a complete-game shutout over then No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette and Stephens hit .500 on the way to the awards. It marks the seventh Pitcher of the Week award for Stearns (third of 2016), who was named All-Big 12 First Team in 2015. Stephens' Player of the Week achievement is the fifth of her career (second of 2016). She was named All-Big 12 First Team in 2015 and earned Third Team All-America honors in 2014. PLAYER OF THE WEEK Lindsey Stephens, Texas, CF, Sr., Beaumont, Texas Stephens led the Texas offense last week by reaching safely in all four contests with a .500 batting average (5-for-10), five runs scored, two doubles, a triple, two home runs and six RBI while slugging 1.500 and posting a 2.143 OPS. She got her week's efforts started by blasting a key two-run HR in the third inning to give UT the lead against Texas State and finalize the score in what would be a 3-2 victory. Stephens then posted a pair of two-hit games in the doubleheader sweep of BYU with each hit going for extra bases while helping the Longhorns to 5-0 and 7-0 wins. Since moving to the lead-off spot in the line-up 17 games ago, Stephens is batting .509 (29-for-57) with 17 runs scored, 14 extra-base hits, including five homers, and 17 RBI. PITCHER OF THE WEEK Heather Stearns, Baylor, RHP, Sr., Plano, Texas Stearns was stellar in a complete-game shutout of No. 4 Louisiana-Lafayette, and also grabbed another two wins and a save to earn Pitcher of the Week honors. In total, the senior from Plano, Texas spun 16.1 innings over the course of the week, allowing just one earned run on nine hits and five walks while striking out 18. She is at the top of the league in ERA with a 1.32 mark over 111.1 IP. Stearns also has a Big 12-leading 135 strikeouts, 15 wins and five saves (t-2nd

Conference Action In Full Swing
Softball 03/29/2016

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 (13/14), Baylor (19, 19) and Texas (RV/RV).

Mikkelson and Formby Garnished With Weekly Honors
Softball 03/29/2016

Oklahoma State's Tiffany Mikkelson and Kansas' Andie Formby have been named the Big 12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. Mikkelson hit at a .545 clip and Formby ran her scoreless streak to 19 innings en route to the awards. It marks Formby's third weekly award of 2016 and her second in a row, while Mikkelson earns her first weekly honor.

Conference's Softball Squads Continue Strong Play
Softball 03/22/2016

The Big 12 still boasts three teams (43% of the league) that are currently either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls (USA Today/NFCA / ESPN.com/USA Softball): Oklahoma (13/14), Baylor (20, 20) and Texas (RV/NR). The conference posted another strong week this past week, posting a 21-10 (.677) record thanks to BU, OU and TTU each grabbing four wins. For the year, the league's overall record sits at 122-69 (.639). Texas Tech's Kierra Miles has been named the Big 12 Softball Player of the Week, while Baylor's Heather Stearns and Kansas' Andie Formby share the Pitcher of the Week honors. Miles crushed three home runs, Stearns tossed 12.2 shutout frames and Formby spun a no-hitter. Three league squads currently boast team batting averages over .300: Oklahoma (.369), Texas (.312), Baylor (.311), and Oklahoma State falls just short at .292. All seven schools have eclipsed at least 15 home runs, with OU leading the way with 31. Oklahoma's Lindsey Stephens leads the league in hitting, posting a .440 (37-for-84) mark this season. TTU's Player of the Week Miles leads the conference with 10 home runs. She also leads the league in total bases with 70. BU's Pitcher of the Week Stearns' 12.2 shutout innings vaulted her to the top of the league in ERA with a 1.36 mark over 82.1 IP. She also has a Big 12-leading 104 strikeouts and 11 wins, which ties for the most in the league with UT's Tiarra Davis.