It was three up and three down, all victories, for the three Big 12 teams competing in this years NCAA Softball Championships. Top-ranked Oklahoma and No. 4 national seed Texas are regional host sites and the Baylor Lady Bears are participating in the College Station Regional at Texas A&M. All three won their opening round games in the double-elimination regional round.
Oklahoma, the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament, scored eight runs in the first inning and cruised to a 17-0 victory over Marist. Sophomore first-baseman Lauren Chamberlain scored two runs, giving her 71 for the season and tying the OU and big 12 single-season record for runs scored.
Texas shut out Army 5-0 in the second game of the Austin Regional. A three-run home run by junior Mandy Ogle was all the Lady Longhorns needed to get by the Black Knights of the Hudson.
Eighteen-ranked Baylor also posted a shutout win, downing Arizona 7-0 in the opening round in the College Station Regional. Baylor’s Whitney Canion struck out seven Arizona hitters and pitched her fifth complete game of the season.