The No. 1 ranked team in the land has been given the top spot as Oklahoma softball was given the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament set to begin later this week.
Despite being the top-ranked team for the vast majority of the season with their gaudy 45-2 record and 32 run-rule wins, it was widely speculated the Sooners could potentially be given the No. 2 spot with UCLA being selected above them due to Oklahoma’s relatively light schedule in terms of difficulty. But, the committee obviously didn’t see it that way giving Patty Gasso’s club the honor.
Joining the Sooners in the Norman regional will be Morgan State, Texas A&M and Wichita State. Oklahoma already faced the Shockers once earlier this season, knocking them off 14-3 in five innings just under a couple of weeks ago.
It is also worth noting that Oklahoma State, who the Sooners beat three times in four meetings in just the last nine days, were given the No. 5 overall seed. Only the committee can say whether or not Oklahoma’s run-ruling of the Cowgirls in Saturday’s Big 12 Championship Game had an impact on them getting the top seed – but there is no way it didn’t at the very least make the decision more comfortable if they were already leaning that way.
The NCAA Tournament will begin on Friday with the Sooners beginning play against Morgan State at approximately 7:30 p.m. CT at Marita Hynes Field.