Since the first season of Big 12 softball in 1996, the Conference has been represented in every year but 1996, ‘97 and ‘99 in the Women's College World Series. The league has sent at least one team to the WCWS every year since 2000, with three teams advancing in 1998 and two each in 2002, ‘03, ‘07. Last year, the Big 12 made up half of the WCWS field as four squads earned championship berths.
OU moved to 50-8 on the year, its eighth season with at least 50 wins, as it swept Arizona in the Super Regional to advance to the WCWS for the second consecutive year.
Keilani Ricketts got the start for Oklahoma in the circle and turned in one of the most dominant performances of her career. She struck out nine straight Arizona batters to retire the side in the second, third and fourth innings. In all, Ricketts finished the game with 13 strikeouts, her 23rd double-digit strikeout game of the season and 60th of her career. The junior, who is a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award, allowed just one walk on the day while giving up just three hits.
Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Lauren Chamberlain, added a solo shot in the sixth inning, extending her Big 12 single season record for home runs to 27. Her total this year stands in a tie for 11th all-time in NCAA single-season history.
The Sooners finished the day with 10 hits, their 15th game this season with at least 10 hits, and two home runs, their 27th game this year with multiple home runs.
Missouri and Texas concluded their seasons after falling in their respective NCAA Super Regionals.
The No. 9 Missouri Tigers saw their season come to an end on Sunday night, as they were eliminated at the hands of the LSU Tigers. Mizzou pulled out a dramatic 5-1 win in 12 innings in the first game of the day, but dropped the decisive third game by a 3-1 score. MU dropped the opener Saturday night 6-1. Missouri ends their season with a 47-14 record.
After the Longhorns took the first game over Oregon 4-2 in the Austin Super Regional, UT lost both games of Saturday's doubleheader. Texas battled for eight innings against the Ducks in the second game, coming up short 5-4. Oregon went on to take the series finale 10-6, advancing to the WCWS. UT finished its season with an overall record of 47-13.
The WCWS begins May 31 with a double-elimination tournament, and the finals consisting of a best-of-three-series. Oklahoma is slated to face USF at 12 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 31. Tickets for the 2012 WCWS can be purchased by phone at (866) 208-0048.