Oklahoma Sooners

Sooners Move To #1 In Latest Poll – A Look At Their Dominance

M. Hofeld

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UCLA’s loss was definitely Oklahoma’s gain. However, even before the Bruins went down in defeat to Oregon over the weekend the Sooners were making a strong case as the nation’s top softball team. On Tuesday the argument was won as OU topped the latest softball poll. The Sooners earned 27 first-place votes and 792 points to return to the top for the first time since May 6, 2019.

RANKSCHOOLPOINTSRECORDLAST WEEK
1Oklahoma (27)79212-02
2Arizona73610-03
3Alabama (3)73214-04
4UCLA (2)7306-11
5Florida66412-06
6Oregon6369-08
7Texas5988-07
8Washington57613-25
9Oklahoma State54913-110
10Kentucky47514-012
11Arizona State44510-113
12Louisiana4419-39
13LSU43210-511
14Duke35612-116
15Virginia Tech3557-214
16Florida State33610-315
17South Carolina2448-218
18Missouri24312-220
19Georgia2049-219
20Arkansas19111-221
21Michigan1494-217
22UCF1279-222
23Iowa State11013-225
24Auburn8210-1NR
25Tennessee4912-1NR

Sitting atop the latest USA Today Top 25 poll doesn’t really do justice to how dominant the Sooners have been to start the season. Especially when you consider these numbers.

At 12-0 on the season, Oklahoma has won ten games by run-rule and the Sooner pitching staff has tossed seven shutouts. Just last weekend alone OU went 5-0 in its trip to Arizona, winning all five games by a combined score of 68-7. Four of the five wins over the weekend were run-rule victories and three of them were by way of a shutout.

What makes this Sooner squad really stand out is how loaded they are. Not just from the plate either. OU bats have launched 44 home runs this season (an average of 3.6 per game) but the pitchers are squelching opposing offenses at an alarming rate as well.

This 2021 squad is as deep and talented as Patty Gasso has ever coached and it’ll be interesting to see how they compare week to week with the talent around the conference. The Big 12 currently has four teams in the Top 25 (OU, Texas, OSU, ISU) and Baylor just dropped out this week.

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1 Comments

  1. How is Oregon below UCLA in the most recent standings? I get that it’s early but that’s why movement is necessary. Reward the Ducks for their big win IMO

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