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No. 1 seed Texas and three-time defending champion Oklahoma earn top spots in the NCAA softball draft

Longtime rivals Texas and Oklahoma are ready to go out in style in their final Big 12 seasons before joining the Southeastern Conference.

Texas (47-7) claimed the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament on Sunday despite losing to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game 5-1 on Saturday. The Longhorns open regional play at home against Siena on Friday.

Oklahoma (49-6), the three-time defending champion, is No. 2 overall. The Sooners will begin their path to what would be an unprecedented fourth straight national title when they open at home against Cleveland State on Friday.

Oklahoma defeated Texas in the best-of-three championship series in 2022 to claim the national title.

All regionals are double eliminated, with the winners advancing to the Super Regionals. The Super Regional winners will advance to the Women’s College World Series, which begins May 30 and ends June 6 or 7 in Oklahoma City.

The top 16 seeds will host in regional play. Tennessee is No. 3, followed by No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Oklahoma State, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Missouri, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 LSU and No. 10 Duke.

Oklahoma State’s No. 5 seed means that as it stands, the Big 12 has won three of the top five seeds. Oklahoma State might have been seeded higher had it not lost 7-2 to BYU in the Big 12 quarterfinals on Thursday.

While Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Florida claimed the top four seeds, teams that will compete in the SEC next year claimed the top four overall seeds.

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