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Three Big 12 Teams Still in Latest USA Softball Collegiate Top 25

We’ve had eight weeks of college softball already and the regular season is about two-thirds over already. The national landscape has come into focus over the last several weeks and it has become clear that there are three teams in the Big 12 that will draw most of the attention from the polls: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas.

Oklahoma has looked like the best team in softball all season long and remains the only undefeated team at 32-0 and No. 1 in the nation. The Sooners sat out on conference play this weekend and instead hosted UAB for a weekend doubleheader. Friday’s game went as you would expect, an 11-1 victory in five innings for OU, but Saturday’s game was very competitive. The Sooners and Blazers went into the sixth inning tied 0-0, but back-to-back home runs from Jayda Coleman and Lynnsie Elam gave the Sooners enough to win 2-0. Hope Trautwein, the nation’s leader in ERA (.13), had a fantastic game, including a stretch of retiring 12-straight batters from the third to the seventh inning.

 

Oklahoma State went to Waco for a three-game series with Baylor and walked away with a series sweep, winning 6-1, 2-0, and 7-2. Kelly Maxwell is now 12-0 on the season after pitching a complete game on Saturday and allowing just three hits. The Cowgirls are now 28-6 and have moved up one spot to No. 7 in this week’s poll.

The Texas Longhorns hosted a tricky Iowa State and struggled out the gate, but were still able to manage the sweep. A 7-5 Texas win on Friday opened up the series, followed by an 11-10 victory in eight innings for the Longhorns, courtesy of a walk-off RBI double from Bella Dayton. The Longhorns remained at No. 19 in this week’s poll and will have the weekend off from Big 12 play before hosting Oklahoma for a three-game series starting April 14th.

Here is a look at the entire ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll.

1. (23) Oklahoma (32-0)
2. (2) UCLA (31-3)
3. Florida State (35-2)
4. Alabama (30-5)
5. Virginia Tech (27-3)
6. Florida (30-6)
7. Oklahoma State (28-6)
8. Northwestern (24-5)
9. Arkansas (24-7)
10. Duke (28-5)
11. Tennessee (25-10)
12. Kentucky (25-8)
13. Arizona State (25-5)
14. Oregon (24-8)
15. Washington (22-11)
16. Georgia (31-6)
T-17. Auburn (29-6)
T-17. Clemson (25-10)
19. Texas (29-10-1)
20. UCF (29-10)
21. Michigan (20-11)
22. Oregon State (29-8)
23. LSU (22-15)
24. Arizona (20-12)
25. Missouri (22-13)

Dropped Out: –

New to Poll: –

Others receiving votes: Ohio State (23), Mississippi State (14), Notre Dame (14), South Florida (14), Stanford (14), Ole Miss (11), Creighton (10), Nebraska (8), Louisiana (6), San Diego State (6), Georgia Tech (5), Wisconsin (4), USC Upstate (3), Boise State (2), Utah (1).

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