Somehow, we have reached the final two weekends of the college softball regular season and the standings are about what we expect they would be at this point.
The Oklahoma schools are sitting at one conference loss a piece before their monumental series next weekend, with Texas sitting in third place and a large gap between those three and the fourth place team.
Iowa State and Kansas are deadlocked with 2-10 conference records, with Texas Tech sitting at 5-10 in conference play.
Without a shadow of a doubt, Oklahoma State’s battle with Florida State is the biggest series of the weekend. Saturday’s matchup was cancelled leaving us with just two games between the top seven squads, but it will still tell us a bunch about whether Oklahoma State is a Top 10 Team, or a Top Three Team.
As far as conference matchups go, Iowa State travels to Waco to face Baylor, Texas Tech is set to host Texas, and Oklahoma has a road trip to Lawrence and here is what the schedules look like
Oklahoma had a game agaisnt Kansas City scheduled for Thursday, but had it cancelled due to forcasted inclement weather, leaving its series with Kansas and No. 7 Oklahoma State as the only remaining games on the schedule. This weekend, Kansas is on the docket and the Sooners should roll in Lawrence. The Sooners need to be dominant this weekend as Bedlam looms large next weekend.
|Kansas||Apr 29 (Fri)||6:00 p.m. CT||Lawrence, KS||TV: ESPN+|
|Kansas||Apr 30 (Sat)||2:00 p.m. CT||Lawrence, KS||TV: ESPN+|
|Kansas||May 1 (Sun)||12:00 p.m. CT||Lawrence, KS||TV: ESPN+|
This is likely a premature matchup of teams that will be in Oklahoma City in June as Florida State and Oklahoma State have both been among the most impressive teams in softball this season. Kelly Maxwell has come on strong for the Cowgirls this season and the pitching matchup between her and Cathryn Sandercock will be one of the best all season long. Look for Oklahoma State to announce itself as one of the top squads in the country and steal a game in Tallahassee.
|#4 Florida State||Apr 28 (Thu)||6:00 p.m. CT||Tallahasee, FL||TV: ESPN2|
|#4 Florida State||Apr 29 (Fri)||5:00 p.m. CT||Tallahasee, FL||TV: ESPNU|
Texas should be able to close out its season with back-to-back series wins over Texas Tech and Baylor, but will need to be consistent to do so. This weekend it’s a trip to Lubbock to take on the struggling Red Raiders, and next week the Longhorns are ont he road to Waco. Oklahoma State swept UT in a defensive clinic last weekend, so expect the Longhorns to swing the bats well this weekend.
|Texas Tech||Apr 29 (Fri)||5:00 p.m. CT||Lubbock, TX||TV: ESPN+|
|Texas Tech||Apr 30 (Sat)||2:00 p.m. CT||Lubbock, TX||TV: ESPN+|
|Texas Tech||May 1 (Sun)||12:00 p.m. CT||Lubbock, TX||TV: ESPN+|
Baylor is on the fence to make the NCAA softball tournament, and a sweep over Iowa State would help them tremendously. If they can do that, and find a win over Texas next weekend it will give them fourth place going into the Big 12 tournament and a chance to grab another win over Texas Tech or Iowa State. This is a big weekend for the Bears and I think they will show that on the field.
|Iowa State||Apr 29 (Fri)||6:30 p.m. CT||Waco, TX||TV: ESPN+|
|Iowa State||Apr 30 (Sat)||2:00 p.m. CT||Waco, TX||TV: ESPN+|
|Iowa State||May 1 (Sun)||12:00 p.m. CT||Waco, TX||TV: ESPN+|
Texas Tech has reached the final series of its regualr season and it is the Texas Longhorns in the opposite dugout. The Red Raiders can finish the season over .500 if they can find a way to upset UT this weekend, but should finish fifth the weekend fifth in the conference standings, barring Iowa State sweeping Baylor in Waco. Inconsistency has followed the Red Raiders all season and it willlikely be the story of 2022 for them.
|#16 Texas||Apr 29 (Fri)||5:00 p.m. CT||Lubbock, TX||TV: ESPN+|
|#16 Texas||Apr 30 (Sat)||2:00 p.m. CT||Lubbock, TX||TV: ESPN+|
|#16 Texas||May 1 (Sun)||12:00 p.m. CT||Lubbock, TX||TV: ESPN+|
Iowa State heads to Waco this weekend and needs to find a way to win atleast one game. If they get swept, and Oklahoma sweeps Kansas, they will remain tied for the seventh seed. The team that draws that seed will play the loser of the Bedlam series, and neither of those teams are a good draw. Win a game, and likely clinch the six seed, get swept and the series agaisnt Kansas becomes a de facto elimination play-in.
|Baylor||Apr 29 (Fri)||6:30 p.m. CT||Waco, TX||TV: ESPN+|
|Baylor||Apr 30 (Sat)||2:00 p.m. CT||Waco, TX||TV: ESPN+|
|Baylor||May 1 (Sun)||12:00 p.m. CT||Waco, TX||TV: ESPN+|
Kansas had a brutal way to finish the season with back to back weekends agaisnt the Oklahoma teams. This weekend they head into the second part of that trek agaisnt the best team in softball. The Sooners do have Bedlam next weekend, but its hard to imagine a Patty Gasso-led squad being anything less than focused just two weekends aftr a loss.
|#1 Oklahoma||Apr 29 (Fri)||6:00 p.m. CT||Lawrence, KS||TV: ESPN+|
|#1 Oklahoma||Apr 30 (Sat)||2:00 p.m. CT||Lawrence, KS||TV: ESPN+|
|#1 Oklahoma||May 1 (Sun)||12:00 p.m. CT||Lawrence, KS||TV: ESPN+|