A pair of Big 12 softball teams have advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals which take place May 23-26.
Oklahoma and Texas went 3-0 in their respective regionals to become the Big 12 representatives in the next round of postseason action.
With a 14-1 win over Arkansas Sunday, Oklahoma claimed its 10th NCAA Regional title and its fourth in as many years. Sophomore Lauren Chamberlain broke the game open with a three-run home run to center field in the third inning. It was her 27th this year and 57th of her career, passing former Sooner Amber Flores for second-most in OU career history.
The win sends Oklahoma to its seventh NCAA Super Regional berth in nine years. OU swept all three teams in its regional by a combined score of 41-6 to move to 50-4 on the year. The Sooners will host No. 13 Texas A&M (39-15) in the Super Regional.
Texas’ Taylor Thom went 2-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI to lead Texas to a 6-0 victory over South Carolina in the championship games of the NCAA Austin Regional. Thom’s grand slam in the fifth inning was her fourth of the season, making her the fifth player in NCAA history to hit four or more grand slams in one season.
The Longhorns punched a ticket to the NCAA Super Regional for the second-straight year, outscoring their three opponents by a combined score of 22-2. Texas swept its way through a regional for the first time since 2006. Senior Blaire Luna posted an 0.93 ERA in 15.0 innings of work, including two wins and 19 strikeouts in three appearances.
All games of the NCAA Super Regionals will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.
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, Oklahoma advanced to the final series, finishing runner-up to Alabama.
From the Super Regionals, eight teams will advance to the WCWS for a double-elimination tournament, with the final consisting of a best-of-three series. The event will be conducted on May 30-June 5 at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.