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At 30-0, Oklahoma Softball is Still Alive to Make History

No team has ever finished undefeated in Division I softball and at 30-0, Oklahoma is the only undefeated team remaining this year. Last year’s national championship squad won 36 straight games before dropping a 7-6 decision at Georgia. Coach Patty Gasso thought the loss toughened her team.

“We needed to feel what that felt like and learn from it,” Gasso said after the loss. “I think this could end up being one of the most rewarding weekends, just from what we’ve learned from it.”

The Sooners won the second game of a doubleheader against the Bulldogs and OU lost just three more times before taking the national crown.

 

With nearly everyone returning from last year’s team, the Sooners appear primed to repeat as national champions and this year’s squad is on record pace defensively in school history. Collectively, the Sooners opponents are batting .136. The 2013 and 2019 teams equally held foes to a .157 average. Oklahoma has yielded .87 runs per game this year, which might eclipse the school record of 1.27 set in 1984.

The 2022 Sooners have run-ruled 25 foes, an astonishing rate of 83.3%, far above last year’s record of run-ruling 58.3%. So far this year, OU has outscored foes by an average of 8.8 points per game, slightly better than the 8.7 record set in 2021.

So, the 2022 softball squad can break two NCAA records if it goes undefeated. UCLA’s 1992 team set the winning percentage mark of .964 (54 wins, 2 losses). If the Sooners win 18 more games without a loss, they will break Arizona’s record of 47 straight (sound familiar, football fans?) set in 1996-1997.

LOOKING AHEAD

Oklahoma’s remaining opponents have a combined 154-120 record (.562). Texas and Oklahoma State are the only teams ranked. The 26-10-1 Longhorns are rated No. 14 by Softball America but No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches poll. The 25-6 Cowgirls currently sit at No. 6 in the SA poll and ninth by the coaches.

Of course, the Sooners will face more ranked teams in the postseason. If they fail to finish with a perfect record, it should be another lesson to learn. More importantly, OU wants to be the last team standing at the WCWS in June.

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