Oklahoma 50-4), the overall top seed in the Championship, handily disposed of Marist and Arkansas twice, amassing a three-game scoring margin of 41-6, to win the Norman Regional and move on to the super-regional round of 16, where the Sooners will play host to former Big 12 member Texas A&M, beginning Friday.
Texas (47-8), which finished second behind OU in the Big 12 standings this season and is the No. 4 national seed in the Softball Championship, also will be hosting a super regional, courtesy of an undefeated run through its host regional over the weekend. The Lady Longhorns rang up decisive victories over Army, and South Carolina twice, two of the wins by shutouts (5-0 over Army and 6-0 in the regional championship final over South Carolina). Their opponent in the super regional will be unsseded Florida State (43-17), which upset South Alabama in the Mobile Regional.
The host Sooners routed Arkansas 14-1 in a five-inning game to win their regional. In the game, Lauren Chamberlain, the Sooners’ power-hitting first baseman, clubbed her 27th home run of the season.
Said Chamberlain afterwards: “Softball is a game of momentum, and we know that. As the season has been going on, we’ve gotten better at knowing when we can capitalize on errors and knowing when the game changes.”
Junior Taylor Thorn of Texas hit two balls out of the park and drove in all six Longhorn runs in their 6-0 win over South Carolina on Sunday. “For me to be here and be making a big difference on the team is an amazing feeling,” Thorn said. “Ive had the dream to play for Texas since I was five.”
Texas ace starter Blair Luna posted an ERA of 0.93 in the Longhorns three regional wins, including striking out 19 batters in 15 innings.
Baylor (42-17(, the third-place team in the Big 12 this season, wasn’t as fortunate in their regional over the weekend. The Bears split games with Texas A&M, but seemingly ran out of steam in the winner-take-all final game, falling to the Aggies by a scotre 0f 8-0.