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Big 12 Softball Weekend Preview: Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Kansas Hit the Road

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Were are entering the second weekend of Big 12 play, and we have a symmetrical field right now, three teams are 3-0, three teams are 0-3, and Iowa State is right in the middle at 0-0 in conference play after facing BYU last weekend.

This week, Oklahoma is the team that will “sit out” from conference play and will instead host the UAB Blazers for a weekend doubleheader.

As for the conference matchups, Oklahoma State heads to Baylor, Texas will host Iowa State, and Kansas will face Texas Tech in Lubbock.

This will be a weekend that teams separate a bit more from the pack, plus we will find out where teams like Kansas and Texas Tech stand with around a month in the regular season left in the 2022 season.

Here is what each team has on the docket heading into the weekend.

 

#1 Oklahoma; 30-0 (3-0)

Oklahoma is 30-0, but head coach Patty Gasso feels that she can get more out of her team. Sure, winning every game is a byproduct of playing at a high level, but being as talented as the Sooners means you don’t have to play your best to run-rule teams like Wichita State or Iowa. Gasso says the Sooners need to be more disciplined in the field and at the plate, and unfortunately for the Blazers of UAB, they are the first team that Oklahoma will face since their coach challenged them to be better.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
UABApr 1 (Fri)6:30 p.m. CTNorman, OKTV: SoonerSports.TV
UABApr 2 (Sat)1:00 p.m. CTNorman, OKTV: SoonerSportsTV

#8 Oklahoma State; 25-6 (3-0)

Kenny Gajewski’s squad has been impressive over the last 14 days, going 8-0, outscoring their opponents 76-7, and winning six of those contests by run rule. The offense is humming as the team has now hit 49 home runs on the year which ranks seventh in the country and second in the Big 12. Kelly Maxwell is now 11-0 with a 1.13 ERA, while Miranda Elish and Morgan Day have come on as reliable arms. Baylor, a team that gave Oklahoma a scare on Sunday, will host the Cowgirls in a three-game series this weekend. Oklahoma State should handle business, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Baylor find a way to steal one game.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
BaylorApr 1 (Fri)6:30 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+
BaylorApr 2 (Sat)7:00 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN
BaylorApr 3 (Sun)1:00 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+
 

#19 Texas; 26-10-1 (3-0)

Until their 6-5 loss to Louisiana in 8 innings last night, the Longhorns were on one of the longest winning streaks in the country, a 10-game stretch that started with wins over the same Ragin’ Cajuns team. Now, UT will host Iowa State, a team that is coming off a disappointing weekend that saw them swept by an unranked BYU team. Texas is the better team on paper, but it has been one of the most up-and-down teams in the country all season. Consistency will be key moving forward, and piling up conference wins is a good way to find that.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
Iowa StateApr 1 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN
Iowa StateApr 2 (Sat)1:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN
Iowa StateApr 3 (Sun)12:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN

Iowa State; 19-13 (0-0)

As mentioned above, Iowa State was extremely disappointing last weekend in Provo, Utah when they hardly put up a fight against the BYU Cougars. Now, they will face Texas in their first conference series of the year, with hopes to finally get over the hump. Mikayla Ramos leads the offense with 12 home runs and a .363 batting average with Angelina Allen and Carli Spelhaug both batting .333 or higher. The question all season long has been who will take the lead in the circle. A team ERA of 3.30 makes it hard to win games against the top teams in this conference that can score at will and are good in the circle. The trip to Austin is a big test for the Cyclones.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
#19 TexasApr 1 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN
#19 TexasApr 2 (Sat)1:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN
#19 TexasApr 3 (Sun)12:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN
 

Baylor; 17-14 (0-3)

Last Sunday, Baylor took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning against Oklahoma, and it just wasn’t enough to topple the Sooners, who won 3-1 on a walk-off homer. Now, they will play the second-best team in the league to this point in the season, Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls are red-hot right now and have looked like one of the best teams in the country over the last two weeks. At least one win here for the Bears would be monumental, and if they could find a way to win the series it could alter their season. That, however, will be a tall task the way that the Cowgirls are playing.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
#8 Oklahoma StateApr 1 (Fri)6:30 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+
#8 Oklahoma StateApr 2 (Sat)7:00 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN
#8 Oklahoma StateApr 3 (Sun)1:00 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+

Texas Tech; 17-15 (0-3)

The Red Raiders came crashing back down to earth last weekend when Oklahoma State scored 32 runs in three games. TTU had won straight prior to that series, but it was against sub-par competition. Now, they will host Kansas, who had lost 14 of 17 before upsetting #25 Missouri on Wednesday night. This will likely be a battle to see who is the bottom team in the conference this season, and I believe that to be Kansas.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
KansasApr 1 (Fri)5:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TX
KansasApr 2 (Sat)2:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TX
KansasApr 3 (Sun)12:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TX

Kansas; 11-18 (0-3)

KU just picked up a huge win over Missouri, winning 11-7 on Wednesday night. The Jayhawks collected 13 hits on the #25 team in the country, including four hits from Lyric Moore who went a perfect 4-4 at the plate with 2 RBI. Kansas needs to keep the momentum going with a road trip to Lubbock coming up this weekend. This matchup will likely pit the sixth and seventh place teams against one another, so wins here are important for seeding in the Big 12 Tournament.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
KansasApr 1 (Fri)5:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TX
KansasApr 2 (Sat)2:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TX
KansasApr 3 (Sun)12:00 p.m. CTLubbock, TX
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