Tahlequah Daily Press

February 13, 2013

OU softball climbs rankings to No. 1

OU briefs


— NORMAN — Coming off a season-opening 5-0 weekend at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., the University of Oklahoma softball team is ranked No. 1 in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.

Ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll, the Sooners grabbed 12 of the 20 first-place votes to leapfrog former No. 1 Alabama, 492-487.

This is the second time that Oklahoma has been atop the USA Softball polls, as it also earned the distinction in week 15 of the 2007 season. The team has also been ranked No. 1 by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, garnering the top spot in the final poll after winning the 2000 national championship.

Led by NFCA Hall of Fame head coach Patty Gasso, Oklahoma maintained its No. 2 position in the NFCA Poll this week, though it did cut into Alabama’s lead. After earning five first-place votes and trailing by 20 points to the Crimson Tide in the preseason poll, the Sooners find themselves with 10 first-place votes and a nine-point deficit this week.



Oklahoma picked to win Big 12 baseball title

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma is the preseason pick to win the Big 12 baseball title in a poll of coaches of conference teams.

OU received six of nine first place votes and 62 points to finish ahead of No. 2 pick TCU. The Horned Frogs received the other three first place ballots and 55 points in the poll in which coaches are not allowed to vote for their teams.

Oklahoma State is picked to finish fifth in the conference race.

Texas is picked to finish third behind OU and TCU with Baylor picked fourth.

Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Kansas and West Virginia are picked fifth through ninth in the poll.