For the fourth time in five years, Oklahoma was chosen by the league's head coaches as the frontrunner for the Big 12 softball title in 2013. The Sooners received six of seven first-place votes.
Texas notched 29 points, coming in second behind the Sooners. Baylor was a close third, receiving 28 points, while Texas Tech landed in fourth with a total of 20. Oklahoma State (16), Kansas (12) and Iowa State (6) rounded out this year's preseason poll.
Oklahoma, the reigning Big 12 regular season champion, is coming off its seventh appearance in the Women's College World Series and returns the majority of the 2012 squad including USA Softball Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts and fellow All-Americans Lauren Chamberlain and Jessica Shults. The Sooners finished last season as the national runner-up with a 54-10 record.
The Big 12 softball season opens Thursday, Feb. 7, with two Big 12 squads beginning non-conference action. The other five league teams will start their seasons on Friday, Feb. 8.
2013 PRESEASON COACHES POLL
|Team (first-place votes)||Points|
|1. Oklahoma (6)||36|
|2. Texas (1)||29|
|4. Texas Tech||20|
|5. Oklahoma State||16|
|7. Iowa State||6|
**Points are awarded six for first, five for second, etc. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their teams.