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Baylor, Texas Rise in ESPN Softball Top 25 Poll

The Big 12 proved to be the best softball conference in the country last season, claiming three of the final four spots in the national semifinals and both Oklahoma and Texas advancing to play in the WCWS Championship Series.

Now, in 2023, it appears that the conference might once again be at the pinnacle of the sport as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have been at or near the top of every poll this season, plus Texas is hanging around the top 10 again.

There might be four teams from the Big 12 to watch out for this season though, as Baylor has shown up in big games and come out victorious more often than not. In the latest ESPN Softball Top 25, the Bears are up to No. 19 from No. 22 after sweeping No. 6 Tennessee (30-5) in a two-game series. Baylor (30-9) will take on Texas Tech this weekend in hopes of getting its conference record above .500.

 

Texas (33-8-1) moved up two spots from No. 10 to No. 8 in this week’s rankings after dominating Iowa State in Ames. The Longhorns look potent offensively this season and their young pitching staff has the arms to carry them deep in the postseason.

After a shocking loss to Wichita State, Oklahoma State (35-3) fell from No. 2 to No. 3 in this week’s poll, with UCLA taking the two-spot. The Cowgirls did respond well to the loss though, sweeping Kansas in a three-game series.

Oklahoma (36-1) retained the No. 1 spot in this week’s rankings, earning all 25 votes for the eighth time in nine weeks. The Sooners have the week off in Big 12 play, but are on the road to face No. 12 LSU (33-7) in Baton Rouge.

 

Here’s a look at the entire ESPN Softball Top 25 Poll from Week 9.

RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTSPREVIOUS RANKING
1Oklahoma (25)36-16251
2UCLA36-45893
3Oklahoma State35-35792
4Florida State32-75436
5Stanford31-65037
6Tennessee30-54975
7Clemson37-44574
8Texas33-8-145110
9Georgia31-84178
10Washington29-8411T-11
11Arkansas28-113629
12LSU33-7329T-11
13Duke30-831213
14Alabama28-1228214
15Florida28-1025118
16Kentucky24-10-123415
17Virginia Tech31-921917
18Oregon25-1120216
19Baylor30-919522
20Northwestern24-917120
21Texas A&M24-1313119
22Utah24-811724
23Wichita State34-78825
24Auburn29-126023
25Louisiana30-1053NR

Others receiving votes: Arizona (18), Arizona State (11),  Indiana (7), California (4), Missouri (4), UCF (4), Central Arkansas (1)

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