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Oklahoma Softball Preview | Here’s What You Need To Know About The Norman Regional

M. Hofeld

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Finishing the regular season at 49-2, and sweeping the Big 12 for the second consecutive year, Oklahoma enters the NCAA Tournament as the #1 team in the country and the top overall seed in the tournament. The Sooners are hosting the Norman Regional this weekend and are on track to host a Super Regional next weekend.

Weekend Guests

Notre Dame (36-16, 12-2 ACC) will face Wisconsin (40-12, 12-2 Big Ten) at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, on ESPN, to kickoff the Norman Regional. Following that game, the Sooners will play UMBC (30-22, 7-11 America East) at 8:30 p.m. CT Friday on ESPN2.

The winner of the Norman Regional will advance to the NCAA Super Regional round against the winner of the Evanston Regional, hosted by Northwestern, next weekend with the winner earning a spot in the Women’s College World Series.

The Postseason Tradition

Oklahoma has made the NCAA Tournament in every year of head coach Patty Gasso’s 25 seasons as head coach, and in 26 consecutive seasons overall. Only Arizona has a longer streak (32 straight), while the Sooners are tied with Washington for second-longest run.

This marks OU’s ninth consecutive year hosting a regional. Overall, Oklahoma is 71-19 (.789) in NCAA Regional play with 17 Regional championships in 25 appearances. In 2018, the Sooners swept the NCAA Norman Regional (3-0), outscoring opponents 24-0.

For just the second time in program history, the Sooners enter the NCAA Softball Tournament as the No. 1 seed. Oklahoma was also the No. 1 seed in 2013, when they earned their second national championship.

Number One In More Than Just The Polls

Oklahoma leads the nation in the following statistical categories: batting average (.365), earned run average (1.15), fielding percentage (.986), home runs per game (1.90), on-base percentage (.456), shutouts (23), slugging percentage (.675), strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.87) and win-loss percentage (.961).

After last weekend, Oklahoma’s defense led the country with a fielding percentage of .987. The Sooners have only committed 15 errors in 2019, including just five in Big 12 play.

Oklahoma’s offense leads the nation in batting average (.365), on-base percentage (.456), slugging percentage (.675) and home runs per game (1.90) while ranking second in runs per game (7.98).

The Oklahoma pitching staff is currently leading Division I softball in ERA (1.15), shutouts (23) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.87).

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