Thirty-six wins, zero losses. That’s what the Oklahoma softball group’s document is correct now, breaking the all-time Division I document beforehand set in 1999 by UCLA at 35-0. Now, with a streak this absurd, this dominant, you’d suppose there have been hiccups. Perhaps there have been a couple of video games the place Oklahoma barely squeaked by. After all, a streak of this magnitude has to require lots of luck, proper? Not actually although. Luck has nothing to do with it. There was one recreation in opposition to Tennessee the place the Sooners wanted ten innings to outlast the Volunteers. Aside from that although, Oklahoma has simply outclassed virtually all people they’ve come throughout. They’ve made different collegiate groups appear like highschool JV squads.
In their 36 video games this yr, how massive do you imagine their common margin of victory might be? Three runs a recreation? Five runs a recreation? How about seven? That’d be loads, proper? Try 9. They have outscored their opponents 354 to 27 and that margin might be a lot worse if the Sooners’ protection hadn’t allowed 10 unearned runs this yr. They’ve had simply 5 video games finish inside 5 runs of the opposition. The Sooners have gained each different recreation by not less than eight, and that doesn’t even inform the entire story.
A collegiate softball recreation is meant to final seven innings. However, the mercy rule, or “run rule,” because it’s formally referred to as, will be invoked if one group is main their opponents by or eight runs after 5 innings. Thirty of Oklahoma’s video games have ended because of the eight run rule, which means that Oklahoma didn’t even get the prospect to proceed racking up runs for the complete seven innings in 5 out of each six video games they’ve performed this yr. Let me say that once more. The NCAA has a rule in place to restrict the metaphorical bloodshed in an absolute blowout and Oklahoma has hit that threshold THIRTY TIMES!
Obviously, their offense is insanely good. They have 4 gamers with not less than 10 house runs this season, together with Jocelyn Alo, the all-time DI chief in house runs. But if each house run the Sooners hit this yr was only a solo shot, they nonetheless would’ve recorded greater than 3 times as many runs as their opponents this season. Hell, they’ve extra house runs (100) this yr than their opponents have hits (90).
That’s a testomony to the group’s pitching. The Sooners’ lead all Division I packages in ERA at 0.6. They’ve thrown a jaw-dropping six no-hitters this yr. That’s tied for probably the most in program historical past in a single season, and the group nonetheless has 14 video games left within the common season. They throw a no-hitter virtually as soon as per week. It’s like an off-the-cuff Friday to them, only a regular happenstance that they undergo as soon as each two collection. They’ve solely allowed a couple of run 4 occasions.
It’s simply astonishing what Oklahoma has been in a position to accomplish and we’re not even accomplished with the season. There isn’t one other group wherever of their stratosphere. The Sooners’ group slugging share at the moment sits at .814. That’s 164 factors increased than the quantity two group within the nation, Arizona State (.650). That 164 level distinction is bigger than the distinction between Arizona State and No. 45 Clemson. As nice as South Carolina’s basketball group was this yr, they didn’t go undefeated. I do know the season isn’t over, however these Sooners are dominating at an unprecedented charge, and it wouldn’t be stunning in the event that they invoke the mercy rule throughout each recreation of the faculty world collection as properly.