Two of the best softball programs in the nation, the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma, will meet for a three-game Big 12 conference series this weekend. The series will begin on Friday, March 31, at 6 p.m. CT, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Friday’s game is anticipated to be a near-sellout, setting an NCAA attendance record. On Saturday and Sunday, the games will take place in Norman, Oklahoma at 11 a.m., respectively. The rivalry between these two teams has been intense for several years now, and it will be renewed after last year’s Women’s College World Series Championship Series. Oklahoma has won 27 of the last 28 games over Texas, including 10 straight series. The Longhorns are looking for a way to end their double-digit losing streak.
Texas is currently 26-5 overall and ranked No. 8 in the nation, while Oklahoma is ranked No. 1 and has a record of 30-1. These two programs have not faced each other while both teams are ranked in the top 10 since April 16-18, 2021.
The Sooners (.391) and Longhorns (.351) are the top two offenses in terms of team batting average in the Big 12 and first and fourth, respectively, nationally. Oklahoma (1.00) and Texas (1.89) ranked first and third, respectively, in the conference in team earned run average. The Longhorns have an excellent bat in Leighann Goode, who leads the nation’s freshmen Division I student-athletes with 52 hits.
The Sooners are chasing their 11th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title and have not lost a conference series since 2011. Oklahoma swept Iowa State in their opening conference play, scoring 26 runs in three games while only giving up three runs. Grace Lyons led the way, batting .625 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs.
It will be an exciting and tense weekend for softball fans across the country as these two powerhouses meet again. The series will be broadcast on ESPN+ on Friday, with Saturday and Sunday’s games airing on ESPN2.
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