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Sooners have payback in mind in Big 12 Championship

The No. 4 Oklahoma softball team finds itself in uncharted territory as it heads up Interstate-35 to Oklahoma City this week for the Big 12 Softball Championship.

This is only the second time in the past six years that the postseason conference tournament has been held, but the Sooners are not the top seed. As a result of losing two of three in the series against Oklahoma State last weekend, Oklahoma seemingly fell out of the top spot in the standings forever.

In fact, it has been 12 years since the Sooners entered this tournament as anything but No. 1. OU fell from No. 2 to No. 4 in the national rankings this week, but will take the No. 2 seed into the Big 12 Softball Championship at the newly renamed Devon Park (formerly OGE Energy Field at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium ) due to finishing ahead of Oklahoma State in the final regular conference standings.

The Sooners atypically lost series to both Texas and Oklahoma State this season, were ranked first and second nationally this week, and are sandwiched between those two teams in this week’s conference championship, which begins Wednesday. Oklahoma will play the winner of the opening round matchup between 7-seed Kansas and 10-seed Houston on Thursday at 1:00 PM CT.

The Sooners won the conference series against both Kansas and Houston, defeating the Jayhawks 30-4 in the three games and 23-2 in the series with Houston.

Patty Gasso’s The team is likely on a collision course with Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the single-elimination conference tournament for the right to, in all likelihood, play Texas for the championship.

You know the Sooners are hopeful on that path and the opportunity to avenge the regular season losses for both teams. As for the Sooner players, they enter the tournament with full confidence and belief that the path to this year’s Big 12 championship runs through the reigning champions.

“I think this is a team that would love to get the opportunity. Whoever beat them, they hope to see them again to make amends or go on a revenge tour or whatever you want to call it.”

OU head coach Patty Gasso

“There are things we can learn from this (Big 12 Championship) weekend,” the OU head coach told reporters at a briefing this week before the tournament. “If we can win it all, we’ll probably run into some really good teams that might be able to help us.”

Gasso said she really doesn’t care where the Sooners are placed when the NCAA Tournament selections come out Sunday, as long as they fall somewhere in the top eight, because that means OU will stay home through regionals and super regionals. After that, it’s anyone’s ball game.