On a beautiful Friday night in Norman, the Sooners captured their 10th-straight Big 12 regular-season title with a 6-0 win over rival Oklahoma State. The Sooners are now 47-1 (16-1) and rolling into the third and final game of their gigantic series with the Cowgirls.
Oklahoma looks destined to be the top overall seed in the NCAA softball tournament, and barring an early exit in next week’s tournament, they will undoubtedly be just that.
After a scoreless first two innings, the Sooners broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the third inning. The key part of the inning was the bases-clearing double by Kinzie Hansen to put the Sooners up 5-0. This was huge for Hansen, who was stuck in a slump, failing to reach base in her last 17 at bats.
In the bottom of the fifth, Grace Lyons added an insurance run with a solo home run, her 18th of the season, to put the Sooners up 6-0.
Oklahoma started Hope Trautwein, who got the win and finished her night after 5 1/3 innings, giving up just three hits, with zero runs, four strike outs and three walks. Jordyn Bahl got the final five outs of the gave to bring the Big 12 title back to Norman for a 10th-straight season.
With the loss, Oklahoma State falls to 38-11 on the season.
Friday’s win also ensures that the Sooners will have a first-round bye in next week’s Big 12 championship, while OSU will face seven-seed Kansas at 3:00 p.m. next Thursday in Oklahoma City. Then, on Friday Oklahoma will have to face the winner of the four-five game while Oklahoma State will likely see Texas for a spot in the Championship game on Saturday.