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College softball: Looking at Oklahoma's top programs

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Oklahoma's Caleigh Clifton (20) celebrates after scoring in the third inning of a Big 12 softball tournament game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Iowa State at ASA Hall of Fame stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 11, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Caleigh Clifton (20) celebrates after scoring in the third inning of a Big 12 softball tournament game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Iowa State at ASA Hall of Fame stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 11, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

NCAA Division I

No. 1 Oklahoma (46-2)

Location: Norman

Enrollment: 29,628

Stadium (capacity): Marita Hynes Field (1,378)

Coach: Patty Gasso

Oklahomans on roster: 6 of 21

Top Okie: Caleigh Clifton (Wayne) — Senior second baseman ranks among top-5 Big 12 players in batting average, home runs and runs scored. Selected in second round of National Pro Fastpitch draft.

On deck: Big 12 Tournament May 10-12 in Oklahoma City.

 

No. 13 Oklahoma State (37-12)

Location: Stillwater

Enrollment: 24,649

Stadium (capacity): Cowgirl Stadium (750)

Coach: Kenny Gajewski

Oklahomans on roster: 9 of 22

Top Okie: Michaela Richbourg (Broken Bow) — Sophomore infielder ranks second on team with 12 home runs and .669 slugging percentage.

On deck: Big 12 Tournament May 10-12 in Oklahoma City.

 

Tulsa (35-17, receiving votes)

Location: Tulsa

Enrollment: 4,412

Stadium (capacity): Collins Family Softball Complex (1,000)

Coach: John Bargfeldt

Oklahomans on roster: 8 of 18

Top Okie: Chenise Delce (Carl Albert) — Freshman is one of the top pitchers in the American Athletic Conference with a 13-5 record and 1.68 ERA in 18 starts.

On deck: AAC championship May 9-11 in Houston.

 

NCAA Division II

No. 1 Central Oklahoma (44-5)

Location: Edmond

Enrollment: 13,879

Stadium (capacity): Broncho Softball Stadium (300)

Coach: Cody White

Oklahomans on roster: 15 of 19

Top Okie: JoBi Heath (Edmond Santa Fe) — Senior third baseman was a second-team All MIAA selection last season. Heath leads the Bronchos with 12 home runs and 66 RBIs.

On deck: NCAA Division-II Central Region Tournament May 9-11 (location TBD)

 

NAIA

No. 1 University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (52-0)

Location: Chickasha

Enrollment: 882

Stadium (capacity): Bill Smith Ballpark (500)

Coach: Jadyn Willis

Oklahomans on roster: 27 of 27

Top Okie: Emily Cerny (Newcastle) — Cerny was named NAIA Pitcher of the Year as a freshman, and she’s been even better as a sophomore. Cerny is 22-0 with a 0.30 ERA in 138.2 innings pitched.

On deck: NAIA Championship opening round May 13-15 (location TBD)

 

No. 3 Oklahoma City University (52-6)

Location: Oklahoma City

Enrollment: 2,821

Stadium: Ann Lacy Stadium

Coach: Phil McSpadden

Oklahomans on roster: 9 of 15

Top Okie: Jaden Shores (Blanchard) — The All-conference junior pitcher is 26-4 with a 1.37 ERA.

On deck: NAIA Championship opening round May 13-15 (location TBD)

 

NJCAA Division I

No. 2 Seminole State College (47-2)

Location: Seminole

Enrollment: 2,020

Stadium: Seminole State College Softball Complex

Coach: Amber Flores

Oklahomans on roster: 20 of 22

Top Okie: Jolie Romine (Davis) — The sophomore infielder has shown a combination of power and speed with 10 home runs and a team-high 24 stolen bases.

On deck: Region II Tournament May 9-12 at Seminole State College

 

Oklahomans in the Big 12

Oklahoma State: Taylor Tuck (Stillwater), Chyenne Factor (Yukon), Sydney Pennington (Sand Springs), Mackenzie Thomas (Claremore), Mallory Goodman (Sand Springs), Michaela Richbourg (Broken Bow), Logan Simunek (Piedmont), Chelsea Alexander (Ada), Shalee Brantley (Broken Bow)

Oklahoma: Caleigh Clifton (Wayne), Lynnsie Elam (Chickasha), Kinsey Koeltzow (Tuttle), Audrie LaValley (Choctaw), Raegan Rogers (Blanchard), Sami Skelly (Lone Grove)

Kansas: Sydnee Ramsey (Westmoore), Jennifer Marwitz (Mount St. Mary)

Texas Tech: Zoe Jones (Mustang), Trenity Edwards (Southmoore)

Iowa State: Sarah Tyree (Bixby)

Baylor: Tyler Trott (Little Axe)

Joe Mussatto, Staff writer

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Sooner Sydney Romero is out at second loosing a race back to the bag as Madi Sue Montgomery makes the out in Bedlam softball as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) at Marita Hynes Field at the OU Softball Complex on May 4, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve...

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[Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma StateÕs Madi Sue Montgomery makes the first half of a double play putting out Grace Lyons at second base in Bedlam softball as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) at Marita Hynes Field at the OU Softball Complex on May 4, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4d311fae50ed9ea50f8d46dd263de576.jpg" alt="Photo - A record crowd attends the Bedlam softball game as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) at Marita Hynes Field at the OU Softball Complex on May 4, 2019 in Norman, Okla. [Steve Sisney/For The Oklahoman]" title="A record crowd attends the Bedlam softball game as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) play the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) at Marita Hynes Field at the OU Softball Complex on May 4, 2019 in Norman, Okla. 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Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman "><figcaption> Oklahoma's Caleigh Clifton (20) celebrates after scoring in the third inning of a Big 12 softball tournament game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Iowa State at ASA Hall of Fame stadium in Oklahoma City, Friday, May 11, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman </figcaption></figure>
Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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