No. 4 Sooners Clinch a Share of the Big 12 Softball Title
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 05/11/2012
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The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners have clinched a share of the 2012 Big 12 softball title with a 10-0 victory over Iowa State in Ames Friday night. OU moved to 43-8 on the year and 17-5 in conference play.

Oklahoma entered the weekend with a two-game conference lead over Missouri, who begins a three-game home series against Oklahoma State tonight. The Sooners need just one more win over Iowa State or a Mizzou loss to claim the Big 12 crown outright.

This will be Oklahoma's fifth regular-season crown and first since 2009. Three seasons ago, the Sooners finished conference play 14-4 with an overall mark of 41-16. OU also garnered regular-season titles in 1996, ‘99, 2000 and ‘09.

Entering the weekend, OU led the Big 12 in pitching with a 1.20 ERA, holding its opponents to a .169 batting average. The squad has allowed a league-best 197 hits and 69 runs in all games. The Sooners average 10.28 strikeouts per seven innings. The team is also ranked first in ERA (1.59) and batters struck out (186) in conference-only matches.

OU ranks second in the conference in batting, averaging .320 through 51 games. The Sooners have also tallied 308 runs and a Big 12-best 77 home runs on 402 hits.

The regular season wraps up Sunday, May 13. The league's teams will learn their postseason fate on Sunday, May 13, in the NCAA Division I Softball Selection Show at 9 p.m. CT on ESPNU. Regional competition will take place at campus sites May 18-20.

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