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Big 12 Softball Roundup: Texas Impresses in Huge Week 1 Performances

Texas pitcher Citlaly Gutierrez (77) pitches during the Big 12 softball tournament game between the Texas Longhorns and the Kansas Blue Jays at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, on Friday, May 12, 2023.

The first weekend of college softball is in the books and the Big 12 certainly held its own in the first slate of action of the year.

Oklahoma extended its winning streak to 57 games, but it may have been the Texas Longhorns that were the most impressive team of the week, outscoring opponents 64-5 over their first five games. That dominance also included two wins over the UCLA Bruins, one being a 16-0 blowout in five innings.

BYU and Oklahoma State also remain undefeated through the first weekend of action, each of them moving to 4-0 to begin the year. Big 12 newcomers Houston and UCF both went 4-1 through their first five games, while Texas Tech (3-2), Iowa State (2-2), and Kansas (2-2-1) dropped a pair of games to tough competition. Baylor was the only team in the league to go winless on their first weekend. However, they did face No. 2 Tennessee in a pair of games, which led to their 0-2 start.

 

Here’s a look at how each team in the conference fared this weekend, in this week’s Big 12 softball roundup.

#1 Oklahoma (4-0)

TAKEAWAY: Oklahoma’s pitching staff looks like the real deal once again, even with uncharacteristic errors vs. Washington. Kelly Maxwell led the way with 7.2 IP, working through 23 at-bats with a 0.39 ERA and a .043 B/AVG.

  • Utah Valley – W, 13-0 (F/5)
  • #10 Duke – W, 3-0
  • #9 Washington – W, 4-3 (F/8)
  • Long Beach State – W, 11-3

#5 Texas (5-0)

TAKEAWAY: The Texas offense exploded out the gate to start the weekend, scoring 64 runs in their first five games. The Longhorns’ bats were white-hot in Week 1, with a team average of .458 and a whopping 10 home runs.

  • San Diego – W, 19-0 (F/5)
  • #8 UCLA – W, 3-2
  • San Diego – W, 16-1 (F/5)
  • #8 UCLA – W, 16-0 (F/5)
  • LMU – W, 10-2 (F/6)
 

#11 Oklahoma State (5-0)

TAKEAWAY: Tallen Edwards and Caroline Wang started the season off as Oklahoma State’s biggest offensive weapons, posting identical .615 averages in their first five games and combining for 29 total bases.

  • CSUN – W, 8-0 (5 inn.)
  • LMU – W, 1-0
  • Utah State – W, 10-1 (F/5)
  • UC Riverside – W, 11-3 (F/6)
  • #8 UCLA – W, 9-1 (F/5)

#19 Baylor (0-2)

TAKEAWAY: A tough weekend for the Bears falls on the offense, which managed just three runs against No. 2 Tennessee. McKenzie Wilson and Presleigh Pilon are a combined 0-for-12 in ABs to this point.

  • #2 Tennessee – L, 2-3
  • #2 Tennessee – L, 1-9 (F/6)
  • #2 Tennessee – Cancelled

UCF (4-1)

TAKEAWAY: A one-run loss to UConn is concerning, but UCF’s best bats were cold to begin the season, as Jada Cody and Chloe Evans managed just seven hits in 32 ABs (.219).

  • Howard – W, 10-2
  • UConn – W, 9-1
  • Seattle – W, 5-0
  • UConn – L, 2-3
  • Georgia State – W, 7-2
 

BYU (5-0)

TAKEAWAY: Chloe Temples has taken charge as the early ace for the Cougars, with 17 strikeouts and a .220 B/AVG in 13.2 IP. Offensively, it’s Violet Zavodnik who leads early with a .467 average and 16 total bases in 15 AB.

  • Kansas City – W, 17-8 (6 inn.)
  • Ole Miss – W, 7-4
  • Nevada – W, 8-0
  • Kansas City – W, 3-0
  • Hawai’i – W, 3-2

Texas Tech (3-2)

TAKEAWAY: At first glance, a 3-2 record to start might seem disappointing, but TTU took No. 4 Florida State to the wire and split two games with a Charlotte team that might be a bracket-buster in May.

  • FAMU – W, 11-1 (F/6)
  • FAMU – W, 9-2
  • Charlotte – L, 0-2
  • #4 Florida State – L, 8-9
  • Charlotte – W, 2-1

Kansas (2-2-1)

TAKEAWAY: KU played well against Oregon, but dropped a winnable game against Indiana and finished their weekend with a tie against WKU, which certainly isn’t ideal.

  • #15 Oregon – L, 3-5
  • St. John’s – W, 6-1
  • Indiana – L, 1-2
  • Central Arkansas – W, 9-1 (F/6)
  • Western Kentucky – T, 2-2
  • USF – Monday, 3:00 p.m. CT

Iowa State (2-2)

TAKEAWAY: Iowa State had the luxury of playing teams directly after Oklahoma this weekend and fell to Duke and Washington. Experience against WCWS contenders is always a good thing though, especially when OU, UT, and OSU are on the schedule.

  • Utah Valley – W, 12-1 (6 inn.)
  • #10 Duke – L, 3-16 (F/5)
  • #9 Washington – L, 4-8
  • Long Beach State – W, 7-5

Houston (4-1)

TAKEAWAY: Overall, it was a good weekend for the Cougars, who are viewed as a distant 10th in the Big 12 race right now. However, the ugly loss to Rutgers certainly showed some of the defensive concerns (4 errors) for this team moving forward.

  • Colgate – W, 10-0 (F/5)
  • Indiana State – W, 13-1 (F/5)
  • Indiana State – W, 6-1
  • Rutgers – L, 2-10 (F/6)
  • Rutgers – W, 6-3
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