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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • OU No. 2 in ESPN.com/USA Softball Preseason Poll

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  • One week after being ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/NFCA Preseason Poll, the Oklahoma softball team has also earned the No. 2 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25, it was announced Tuesday.

    The Sooners, who were the national runner-ups a year ago, picked up seven out of 20 first-place votes and are just four points behind defending national champion Alabama for the No. 1 spot.

    The second-place start marks the highest for the Sooners since the inception of the USA Softball Poll in 2003. Previously, OU’s highest preseason ranking was No. 4 in both 2004 and 2005.

    Oklahoma was one of three ranked Big 12 teams, joining No. 9 Texas and No. 22 Baylor. In addition, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State both received votes.
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