The preseason plaudits proceed to roll in for Oklahoma.
Patty Gasso’s defending back-to-back Nationwide Champions have been ranked because the No. 1-overall crew in Softball America’s preseason high 25 on Tuesday.
The Sooners were ranked in the top spot in D1 Softball’s preseason high 25 final week.
Oklahoma misplaced school softball’s all-time profession house run chief in Jocelyn Alo off the 2022 title crew, in addition to key contributors in catcher Lynnsie Elam, third baseman Jana Johns, first baseman Taylon Snow and pitcher Hope Trautwein, however Gasso wasted no time including to her sturdy core.
Stars in shortstop Grace Lyons, second baseman Tiare Jennings and pitcher Jordy Bahl all return in addition to outfielders Alyssa Brito and Rylie Boone, catcher Kinzie Hansen and pitcher Nicole Might to assist OU win its third straight title.
Gasso additionally made key additions within the switch portal.
She changed Trautwein’s veteran arm with Michigan switch Alex Storako, after which added NFCA Freshman of the 12 months finalist in Arizona State first baseman Cydney Sanders.
Sanders’ ASU teammate Alynah Torres additionally transferred to Norman, in addition to Texas A&M utility participant and energy hitter Haley Lee.
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A pair of OU’s Large 12 foes in Oklahoma State and Texas additionally have been extremely rated by Softball America, with the Cowgirls checking in at No. 2-overall and the Longhorns have been rated No. 9.
Seven different groups on Oklahoma’s 2023 schedule have been additionally ranked within the ballot.
OU will sq. off towards No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Duke, No. 17 Washington, No. 18 Auburn, No. 19 Kentucky and No. 20 Stanford throughout the common season.
The Sooners open the yr towards Duke on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m., kicking off the Mark Campbell Invitational in Irvine, CA.
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