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OU softball earns No. 2 seed in NCAA Tournament, will host regional

NORMAN – For the first time since 2018, OU softball is not the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.

The Sooners are the No. 2 seed, it was announced Sunday, as Texas beat the Sooners for the top overall seed despite Saturday’s 5-1 OU win over the Longhorns to win the Big 12 Tournament title.

The Sooners (49-6) will take on Cleveland State at Love’s Field on Friday at 7 p.m. to open the tournament.

Boston and Oregon are also in the Normandy region.

Since losing its second straight game to Oklahoma State on May 4, OU has won four straight games by a combined score of 36-6.

That included an 8-2 win over the Cowgirls in the regular-season finale and then a sweep through the Big 12 Tournament, including Saturday’s 5-1 victory over the Longhorns that snapped Texas’ 18-game winning streak.

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“I know people have doubted us a little bit or, ‘What’s wrong with them,’ I’m like, ‘Well, we’ve only lost six games,’” Sooners coach Patty Gasso said. “I think that’s too much for some people. But there are women sitting here on this stage right now, and our team came together and worked out some things behind closed doors that a lot of teams don’t do. And that’s why we’re here.”

However, it wasn’t enough to secure the top overall ranking as the Longhorns held onto the spot.

Gasso didn’t seem concerned about whether or not her team would be the best overall.

“I think it’s already written now,” Gasso said Saturday evening. “I don’t know. We played really well and hopefully people saw it and if it gets us number 1, great. It really doesn’t matter now. I mean, if we’re in the top three or four, I think we be happy with that.”

The Sooners started the season on an NCAA-record winning streak and extended it to 71 games with an 18-0 start before falling to Louisiana on March 3 at Love’s Field.

OU then dropped two of three to Texas in early April for their first Big 12 series loss since 2011.

The Sooners lost 9-4 to BYU on April 12, their first home loss in the Big 12 since 2017.

They then dropped their first two games to OSU before closing out the regular season with the win to begin their most recent turnaround.

OU hasn’t lost a regional game since 2019 and has played seven consecutive games in the Women’s College World Series, winning the last three titles. The Sooners have won 13 consecutive regionals.

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