Oklahoma Sooners Softball Weekend Preview | Norman Regional

Oklahoma is hosting Hofstra, Cal, and Missouri this weekend as the top-ranked Sooners begin their march towards a third consecutive national championship. This marks the fourth straight season that OU has been the No. 1 overall seed and the 16th consecutive season they have been a national seed. Oklahoma is hosting a regional for the 12th year in a row.

Regional Schedule

May 19#1Oklahoma vs. Hofstra4:00 PMESPNU
May 19#2Cal vs. Missouri6:30 PMESPN+
May 20#3Missouri vs. Oklahoma2:00 PMTBD
May 20#4Hofstra vs. Cal4:30 PMTBD
May 20#5Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner7:00 PMTBD
May 21#6Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner1:00 PMTBD
May 21#Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner (If Necessary)3:30 PMTBD

Tuning In

All games will be broadcast within the ESPN family and the OU games can also be heard via 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma or nationwide on The Varsity Network app with Chris Plank on the call.

What We Learned Last Weekend

Oklahoma is a complete team! The Sooners used pitching, power and timely hitting, and aggressive base running to sweep its way through the Big 12 Tournament. This may be the most complete team that Patty Gasso has had in Norman in quite a long time.

Notes & Storylines

  • OU’s 43-game win streak is a program record and stands as No. 2 in NCAA DI history, just four games shy of 1995-96 Arizona’s 47 game run.
  • Oklahoma has made the NCAA Tournament 29 straight seasons and every year of head coach Patty Gasso’s tenure since 1995 (tournament was not played in 2020).
  • The Sooners are tied with Washington for the longest active postseason run.
  • This is the fifth time in program history and fourth straight season that the Sooners have been the top-seeded team.
  • With six national titles (2000, ‘13, ‘16, ‘17, ’21, ‘22) Oklahoma trails only UCLA (12) and Arizona (8) for most in NCAA history.
  • Overall, Oklahoma is 80-20 (.800) in NCAA Regional play with 20 Regional championships.
  • The Sooners went 21-0 in ranked matchups in the regular season.
  • OU is outscoring its opponents by a combined score of 423-44 on the season, surrendering an average of 0.8 runs/game.
  • As a team, OU is batting a nation-best .368 with 94 home runs.

Against The Field

Hofstra | The Sooners and Pride have met twice in the history of the two programs, splitting the pair of games for a 1-1
series record. The matchups came 23 years apart, in 1996—a 1-0 Hofstra win in Columbus, Ga. and 2019—17-3 [5 inn.] OU win in
Clearwater, Fla.

Missouri | OU holds a 54-41 advantage over Mizzou. The Tigers hold the series lead over the Sooners in Norman 20-18. The teams have met twice in the postseason, splitting the contests. In 2011, Mizzou knocked OU out of the 2011 WCWS with a 4-1 win. Most recently, OU evened the postseason score with a 7-0 win in the 2018 Norman Regional final.

California (33-19-1) | The two OU home games vs. Cal came 42 years ago in March 1981, a 2-1 OU win and 1-0 Cal victory. Most recently, OU beat the Golden Bears 8-0 in five innings at last season’s Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. The teams most recent meeting in the postseason was at the 2012 WCWS, a 3-0 Sooner victory en route to the program’s second WCWS Championship Series appearance.

Heavy Hitters

  • Oklahoma’s Jayda Coleman is batting a team best .434 and leads the way with 14 home runs on the season.
  • Makena Smith leads Cal with 14 home runs. She’s batting .352 on the season with 44 RBI and 39 runs scored.
  • Hofstra’s Meghan Giordano is batting .352 on the season with 15 home runs and 41 runs scored.
  • Alex Honnold is pacing all Missouri batters with a .414 average. She has a team best 13 home runs on the year and has scored 51 runs…also a team best.

From The Circle

  • Nicole May leads a talented Oklahoma pitching staff with a 0.60 ERA and a 16-0 record.
  • Cal’s Anna Reimers has a 2.82 ERA with 56 strikeouts and a 9-2 record on the season.
  • Haley Venturini leads Hofstra with a 3.14 ERA. She has a 5-5 record on the season with a team best 74 strikeouts.
  • Missouri’s Cierra Harrison has a 2.33 ERA and an 8-2 record on the year.

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