Softball Preview No. 18: No. 1 Oklahoma

No. 18 Texas (30-10-1, 6-0 Big 12) hosts No. 1 Oklahoma (36-0, 6-0 Big 12) | April 14-16 | Red & Charline McCombs Field, Austin, TX


Thursday April 14

6 p.m. #1 Oklahoma vs. #18 TEXASNHL

friday april 15

6 p.m. #1 Oklahoma vs. #18 TEXASNHL

saturday april 16

1 p.m. #1 Oklahoma vs. #18 TEXASNHL

Location: Austin, Texas (Red Land and Charline McCombs)

Ticket information: SALE

Live statistics: LINK

Television: Oklahoma’s three games will air on Longhorn Network and WATCH ESPN with Alex Loeb (play-by-play) and Cat Osterman (analyst).

Radio: Texas games this season are scheduled to air on radio via the web stream with Andrew Haynes on the call via this LINK. The Texas show can usually be heard locally on 105.3FM as part of the Austin Radio Network supported by the Longhorns’ flagship radio station, 104.9 FM The Horn.

Basic moves:

  • Texas will officially retire Longhorns legend Cat Osterman’s No. 8 jersey in a pre-game ceremony ahead of Saturday’s series finale.
  • Texas enters this weekend’s series with an all-time 5-21 record against No. 1-ranked teams. The Longhorns’ last victory over a top-notch team came on Feb. 27, 2020, with a 6-4 win (8 hostels) over No. 1 UCLA in Los Angeles.
  • Texas has has recovered from a deficit to win each of its last four games (three against Iowa State and against UT Arlington).
  • Texas sophomore outfielder Alyssa Popelka been on fire at home plate in their last six games (did not play against UT Arlington), posting six consecutive multi-hit efforts while hitting .722 (13 for 18) overall. The Austin, Texas native also swept five bases and posted a 1,460 OPS (.737 OBP) on that stretch.
  • Texas has won five consecutive games against ranked opponents (two at Louisiana and three against LSU) in a single season for the first time since February 24 to March 6, 2013.
  • Senior second baseman Janae Jefferson quietly rose through the ranks of the national statistics ranking. The Humble, Texas Product Rating Now eighth overall in NCAA Division I in hits (55) and 20th in doubles (12).
  • The Longhorns ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division I overall in doubles with 73 (as of April 12)behind only North Dakota State (77). Janae Jefferson (12) rule Texas.
  • The Longhorns currently rank 15th in the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI) which is used as one of the tools to sow the post-season game and are No. 36 in schedule strength.
  • Maybe Texas should consider putting Marie Iakopo in the first place from time to time. We say this only because the senior C/1B is hitting a remarkable .636 (14 for 22) in the top of the inning this season.

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