All seven softball programs were highlighted on the 2017 National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-Region team.
Fifty-seven percent of Big 12 softball teams are slated to play in the 2017 NCAA Division I Softball Championship. Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas earned postseason bids, the most conference bids since 2015.
The Oklahoma Sooners were crowned champions in the first Big 12 Softball Championship in seven years. OU, which was the last institution to win the postseason honor (2010), defeated Oklahoma State in USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium.
The six game, Day One opener of the Big 12 Softball Championship was highlighted by Oklahoma and Oklahoma State emerging as its leaders of Pool A and Pool B, respectively.
Four Oklahoma and one Baylor standout headline the 2017 Big 12 softball postseason awards. Shay Knighten (Player of the Year), Paige Parker (Pitcher of the Year), Nicole Mendes (Freshman of the Year) and Patty Gasso (Coach of the Year) from Oklahoma received individual honors. From Baylor, Jessie Scroggins earned Defensive Player of the Year.
Three Big 12 student-athletes, Jessica Hartwell (Texas Tech), Kelsee Selman (Baylor) and Emma Hylan (Iowa State) record the season's final Big 12 softball weekly awards.
The field has been set for the first Big 12 Softball Championship since 2010, taking place May 12-13 in Oklahoma City. Following the conclusion of regular season action on Sunday, the top six teams in conference standings are slated to begin play at 11 a.m. CT on Friday.
Fifty-six Big 12 softball student-athletes are featured on the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Team.
Oklahoma opens the final weekend of league play by earning the title of 2017 Big 12 Softball Regular Season Champion. The Sooners received the honor following a 3-0 win at Oklahoma State in the first game of the series.
With the final week of regular season action, Oklahoma is one game away from earning the title of Big 12 Softball Regular Season Champion.
Oklahoma pair of Shay Knighten and Paige Parker repeat as Big 12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week. Knighten tallies her second of the season while Parker her third straight and fourth overall this year.
Harli Ridling of Kansas and Oklahoma's Paige Parker have earned Big 12 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the ninth week of competition. This marks the second honor of the season for Ridling and the third for Parker.