For the first time in program history, the University of Oklahoma softball teams is the consensus No. 1 team in the nation.
Sooners, 22-1 on the season, earned all 31 first-place votes in the USA
Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Poll and 18 of 20 votes
from the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Poll, both of which were
The team has now been atop the USA Softball
poll for five consecutive weeks after entering the season with just two
appearances as the No. 1 team in either poll. It’s the second time the
Sooners have been No. 1 in the NFCA poll, first earning the mark after
winning the 2000 national championship.
Oklahoma opened the
season on a 17-0 run, the second-best start in school history and the
fifth-longest winning streak overall in program annals.
Sooners have faced one of the most challenging schedules in the country,
as well. Their nine games against ranked teams is third in the country,
but OU leads the nation with eight wins against top-25 teams and a .889
winning percentage in such games.
Statistically, Oklahoma also leads the nation in four individual categories and one team mark.
pitcher Michelle Gascoigne leads Division I with a 0.70 earned run
average, while sophomore Lauren Chamberlain ranks No. 1 with 13 home
runs, 1.65 runs scored per game and a 1.242 slugging percentage.
As a staff, Oklahoma pitchers have posted a country-leading 0.80 ERA. The next closest team is Baylor at 1.04.
season continues this weekend at the Judi Garmin Classic in Fullerton,
Calif., against Pacific, North Carolina State, No. 14/19 Arizona, Penn
State and Cal State Fullerton.
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