After record week, Oklahoma climbs in polls

Sooners hit 24 home runs in four games last week, then moved up one spot in this week's college softball rankings
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Nicole Mendes

Nicole Mendes

After a record-setting opening week in El Paso, Oklahoma moved up in two college softball polls this week.

OU was ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the two major polls last week, then hit 24 home runs and outscored the competition 70-2 in four games at the Miner Invitational against host UTEP and Abilene Christian.

Tuesday’s polls reflected the Sooners’ power surge as OU came in at No. 2 in the ESPN Softball Collegiate Top 25 and No. 3 in the USA Today NFCA rankings.

OU moved up one spot in each poll after posting scores of 29-0, 9-0, 11-0 and 21-2. OU hit an NCAA record 13 home runs in the opener against UTEP.

UCLA is ranked No. 1 in the ESPN poll, and UCLA and Washington are No. 1 and 2 in the in the USA Today poll.

Oklahoma (4-0) is scheduled to play UTSA (11 a.m.) and Sam Houston State (4 p.m.) on Friday in Huntsville, TX before a Saturday doubleheader at Houston.