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Big 12 Softball Weekly Notes Package
April 17, 2012
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The Big 12 has five teams (Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Missouri, Texas Tech) in the RPI top 25, tied for the second-most among all leagues.

For the second time this season, the league has six teams in the top 25 in the USA Today/NFCA national poll. Texas Tech is making its first appearance in both polls, ranking 24th in the USA Today/NFCA and coming in 25th in ESPN.com/USA Softball.

Freshman Alicia Pille (13-8) continues to put her name in the Kansas record books. Her 13 wins moves her one shy of tying for fourth all-time for wins by a Jayhawk freshman, while her 10 strikeouts on the week moved her to fourth all-time by a KU rookie (147).

Over the weekend, Missouri's Chelsea Thomas became just the third pitcher in Missouri history to strike out 800 batters in a career. For the season, the junior is 17-5 with a 0.97 ERA.

Jessica Shults helped Oklahoma win three of its four Big 12 games over the weekend. She registered a three-run home run in an
11-1 victory over Oklahoma State Wednesday and had two home runs against Texas A&M in Friday night's 6-1 victory.

Oklahoma State garnered its first league sweep of 2012 when the squad bested the Cyclones, 2-1, 7-6 (8 inn.) and 10-6.

The Longhorns completed their second conference sweep of the year as they defeated Kansas 12-3, 7-3, and 13-6, over the weekend. Texas also swept Iowa State earlier in the season.

The Aggies opened and closed their week with shutouts, defeating Baylor, 3-0, and ending the OU weekend series with a 4-0 victory. Texas A&M is fourth in league standings.

Sophomore Brittany Talley was instrumental in Texas Tech's series win at No. 9 Missouri last weekend as the Lady Raider opened the weekend with a one-hit shutout of the Tigers, helping Tech drop its third top-10 opponent in just over a week. It was the first shutout for a TTU pitcher during Big 12 play this season and Talley's second overall during 2012.

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