D1Softball Projects Four Big 12 Programs in 2023 NCAA Softball Tournament
It’s April, which means that Big 12 softball is getting into the heart of its conference schedule. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have emerged as the top contenders in the league, but a group of contenders on the next tier have made the conference race an interesting one to follow.
Picking up wins in conference play is vitally important for teams like Texas, Baylor, and Texas Tech. Not only are they trying to draw better seeds in the Big 12 tournament next month, but also earn bids for the NCAA Tournament as well.
On Wednesday, D1Softball released its first “Field of 64 Projection,” in which it attempts to predict the entire field for the NCAA Softball Tournament next month.
Among the list are four Big 12 teams, although there could be an argument made for five teams to make it in.
The Oklahoma Sooners (33-1, 6-0) are the No. 1 overall seed in D1Softball’s projection and would host Utah, South Dakota State, and Robert Morris in the Norman Regional. The Sooners would face the winner of the Eugene Regional, with No. 16 Oregon hosting UConn, Ole Miss, and Boise State.
Oklahoma State (32-3, 3-0) is listed as the No. 3 overall seed in the projections but gets a tough draw with Wichita State, Arizona State, and Long Island coming to Stillwater. The Cowgirls would face the winner of the Tuscaloosa Regional, where No. 14 Alabama would host Central Arkansas, Ohio State, and Binghampton.
Texas (30-8-1, 3-3) is the No. 11 seed in the projected field, meaning the Longhorns would host a regional, but would have to hit the road for Super Regionals. Texas is projected to host Texas A&M, Lehigh, and BYU and would face the winner of the Clemson Regional. No. 6 Clemson is projected to host Cal, South Carolina, and Canisius in this week’s projection.
The final Big 12 team to make the D1Softball “Field of 64 Projections” is the Baylor Bears (27-8, 2-4). The Bears land as the two-seed in the Fayetteville Regional, where No. 13 seed Arkansas will host them, Southern Illinois, and SEMO.
As of now, Texas Tech (28-12, 2-4) is out of the projected field, but has plenty of chances to play their way in with series against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Baylor still on the board.