Bedlam Softball Will Decide The Big 12 Once Again

Barring the unexpected, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be dueling for the Big 12 regular season championship next week. Fresh off a sweep of Texas the Cowgirls solidified their spot atop the Big 12 standings with the Sooners just behind. OU, after sweeping Iowa State over the weekend, can pull even with OSU by sweeping Kansas next weekend in Lawrence. That would put both squads at 14-1 in conference play heading into the Bedlam Series on Thursday May 5th.

Big 12 Softball Standings

Oklahoma State14-138-718-112-2W9
Texas Tech5-1022-2313-65-8W1
Iowa State2-1021-242-56-11L5

Back-to-back series losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State eliminated Texas from contention for the regular season title. Regardless of how things shake out for the Sooners in Lawrence next weekend they will host the Cowgirls with the Big 12 title on the line. The only thing that could be a spoiler at this point would be if OU dropped their series with the Jayhawks. Should the Sooners lose the series they would need to sweep OSU to win the title, should they get swept they would then need to sweep OSU just to tie for the regular season title.

Both of those scenarios are highly unlikely as OU will not only be a heavy favorite to win the series at Kansas next weekend but to earn a three-game sweep over the Big 12’s last place team. An outright sweep of the Jayhawks would put the title on the line in Norman with the Bedlam winner only needing a 2-1 series advantage to bring home the championship.

While Oklahoma is in Lawrence next weekend the Cowgirls will be stepping out of conference to play last year’s national championship runner-up. OSU will travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State in a three-game series Friday and Saturday.

Oklahoma continues to lead the Big 12 in batting and in pitching. The Sooners are hitting .380 as a team with Jocelyn Alo (.486), Rylie Boone (.457), Jayda Coleman (.456), Grace Lyons (.440) and Taylon Snow (.425) making up the top five batters in the conference. From the circle the Sooners continue to dominate with a conference best team ERA of 0.73. Oklahoma’s trio of starting pitchers Hope Trautwein (0.10), Nicole May (0.90) and Jordy Bahl (0.98) are the top three hurlers in the Big 12.

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