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Big 12 Softball Weekend Preview: Red River Rivalry Series Looms Large, Iowa State Hosts Texas Tech

In another huge weekend of softball, we have one of the biggest matchups of the entire season as the No. 1-ranked Oklahoma Sooners head down to Austin to take on the 18th-ranked and surging Texas Longhorns.

Another matchup to keep an eye on will be the series in Ames, as Iowa State is set to host Texas Tech. That series is vitally important to both squads in a must-win situation sitting at or right over .500.

Oklahoma State will host Kansas this weekend in Stillwater, while Baylor will sit the weekend out on conference play, but will host Sam Houston State on Friday and Saturday.

Every game matters at this point, especially in conference play with Big 12 tournament seeding on the line. Here is what schedules look like going into Easter weekend.

 

#1 OKLAHOMA; 36-0 (6-0)

Oklahoma has already made history with a 36-0 start, but is hoping to extend that streak against the Longhorns this weekend and make it 39-0. The Sooners are coming off of their most dominant series of the season thus far, outscoring Texas Tech 43-0 in fifteen innings, with seventeen home runs by the offense. It is worth noting that Oklahoma has won 21 straight games over the Longhorns, dating back to April 18, 2014 and outscored UT 30-3 in last year’s series.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
#18 TexasApr 14 (Thu)6:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN
#18 TexasApr 15 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN
#18 TexasApr 16 (Sat)1:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN

#7 OKLAHOMA STATE; 31-7 (8-1)

Oklahoma State has rounded into form over the last several weeks, going 14-1 in their last 15 contests. Kansas will offer a challenge to the Cowgirls, but this series should be a sweep in favor of OSU. The Jayhawks have been resilient in each of their last two series and avoided a sweep, but Oklahoma State is not Baylor or Texas Tech. The Cowgirls are true national contenders and should show that with dominant performances this weekend.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
KansasApr 14 (Thu)6:00 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV: ESPN+
KansasApr 15 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV: ESPN+
KansasApr 16 (Sat)12:00 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV: ESPN+

 

#19 TEXAS; 30-10-1 (6-0)

The Longhorns are entering the stretch that will define their season as they take on No. 1 Oklahoma this weekend and No. 7 Oklahoma State next weekend. It has been nearly eight years since UT has beaten the Sooners and it looks like a tall task yet again for Mike White’s squad. However, Oklahoma has been taken to the wire by teams like Baylor and Utah this season, and Texas is certainly more dangerous than either of those squads.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
#1 OklahomaApr 14 (Thu)6:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN
#1 OklahomaApr 15 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN
#1 OklahomaApr 16 (Sat)12:00 p.m. CTAustin, TXTV: LHN

IOWA STATE; 20-19 (1-5)

If Iowa State wants to make it to a regional after the Big 12 Tournament, it needs to sweep Texas Tech this weekend. The Cyclones have shown grit this season, but have come up short against good teams on numerous occasions and it is now reflected on their record. I truly believe that the Mikayla Ramos and company could make some noise if they get into the right regional, but they have a lot of work to do to just get there and time is running out.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
Texas TechApr 14 (Thu)4:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+
Texas TechApr 15 (Fri)4:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+
Texas TechApr 16 (Sat)12:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+
 

TEXAS TECH; 19-19 (2-7)

Just like their foe this weekend, Texas Tech needs to turn it on, and right now. The Red Raiders have just 10 regular-season games left and they currently sit exactly at .500 with a 19-19 record. They have the two toughest teams in the conference behind them with Iowa State, Baylor, and Texas still on the schedule. If the Red Raiders are going to make any kind of run at a postseason berth, it has to start this weekend against Iowa State.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
Iowa StateApr 14 (Thu)4:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+
Iowa StateApr 15 (Fri)4:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+
Iowa StateApr 16 (Sat)12:00 p.m. CTAmes, IATV: ESPN+

BAYLOR; 20-18 (2-7)

The Baylor Bears are taking the weekend off from conference play and will host 11-31 Sam Houston in Waco on Friday and Saturday. Then, on Tuesday, Baylor heads to UT Arlington before hosting Texas Tech next weekend. Baylor is in the same tier as Tech and Iowa State: a team that can take advantage of matchups and beat anyone on any given day. They had the best shot of the year to take down Oklahoma, but failed to get it done in the seventh inning. Build confidence this week, and go into the TTU series with a 23-18 record, and Baylor will have a shot at sneaking into a regional somewhere.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
Sam HoustonApr 15 (Fri)6:30 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+
Sam HoustonApr 16 (Sat)2:00 p.m. CTWaco, TXTV: ESPN+
UT ArlingtonApr 19 (Tue)6:00 p.m. CTArlington, TXTV: ESPN+

KANSAS; 14-22 (2-7)

Kansas’ postseason hopes are on life support and series against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma are still on the schedule. Right now, this looks like the bottom team in the conference, but there are some positives to be had. First off, one more conference win will give the Jayhawks an improved conference record from last year. Plus, this team is young, with just three seniors on the roster. Things are looking up in Lawrence, it just might be another year before we get to see it.

OPPONENTDATETIMELOCATIONNETWORK
#7 Oklahoma StateApr 14 (Thu)6:00 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV: ESPN+
#7 Oklahoma StateApr 15 (Fri)6:00 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV: ESPN+
#7 Oklahoma StateApr 16 (Sat)12:00 p.m. CTStillwater, OKTV: ESPN+
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