Oklahoma’s 13-0 shutout of Texas Tech last weekend clinched at least a share of the Big 12 softball title. And with at least one win over in-state rival Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam series this weekend, the 2013 national-champion Sooners would earn their third consecutive Big 12 softball crown.
The last three years the Lady Sooners have compiled a highly impressive 48-9 record in conference games and advanced to the championship game of the Women’s College World Series in both 2012 and 2013. OU lost to Alabama in 2012 but won it all last season, defeating another SEC opponent, Tennessee, in the championship final.
Oklahoma has six previous regular-season championships in softball prior to this season. The Lady Sooners, ranked 10th in the nation this week by ESPN, also have captured four Big postseason tournament championships, which were discontinued when the Big 12 was reduced to 10 teams as part of conference realignment.
The Sooners’ title-clinching win over Texas Tech was their 10th consecutive victory and 24th in the last 26 games. OU has been especially difficult to beat at home, where it has lost just two of 40 games this season.
Second-place Baylor (42-12, 12-4) has an outside chance of sharing the Big 12 title with the Sooners. But for that to happen, the Lady Bears must defeat third-place Texas in Austin on Sunday and OU must lose both of it games with Oklahoma State.
The team stats in conference play bear out the position of the three teams at the top of the softball standings. Oklahoma, Texas and Baylor rank one, two, three in hitting, and the same three teams are the top three, although in a slightly different order, in pitching this season.
This is the 20th consecutive season under head coach Patty Gasso that the Lady Sooners have won 40 or more games in a season.
“I’m very proud of the consistency that’s been going on throughout my career here,” Gasso told reporters after her team’s win Sunday that clinched at least a share of the Big 12 championship. “I will talk about it,” she said after the title-clinching win, “but I really don’t want to until we outright do it. There are no celebrations going on because this team doesn’t want to share anything.”