Oklahoma softball: Notable numbers from a noteworthy season

With seven games remaining in the regular season, the Oklahoma softball team is on a pace to post its best season record since 2013 and potentially the best won-lost record in Patty Gasso’s 25 seasons as head coach.

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The nation’s top-ranked softball team stands 41-2 through 43 games and has not lost since late February, a span of 31 consecutive games. That equals the longest winning streak in Oklahoma softball history.

The Sooners best record and winning percentage under Gasso was in 2013, when OU went 57-4 (.934) and captured its second Women College World Series championship. The Sooners are unlikely to exceed the program record for the most wins in a season (66 in 2000, when OU went 66-8 and won its first national championship), but they are on pace to establish the best winning percentage in the team’s history, based on at least 40 games.

Here are some more compelling numbers to know as Oklahoma’s 45th season of varsity softball heads down the home stretch and three weeks away from postseason play:

1 — Oklahoma is currently ranked No. 1 in the USA Softball poll. The Sooners have finished the season ranked No, 1 in three of the past six years.

4 — Number of times in Patty Gasso’s 25 seasons as head coach that the Sooners have finished lower than second place in the conference standings.

6 — Senior third baseman Sydney Romero leads the Big 12 in six offensive categories through games of April 21 (batting average, slugging percentage, hits, home runs, RBI and total bases).

6 — Shutouts thrown by OU junior starting pitcher Mariah Lopez this season, tied for second best in the Big 12.

7 — Consecutive Big 12 championships won by OU (this year would be number eight).

13 — Fielding errors committed by OU in 798 chances this season. That is 22 fewer than the next best Big 12 team.

18 — Wins this season by OU pitcher Giselle Juarez, the most in the Big 12. She is 18-0 in 24 games.

21 — Twenty-one of Oklahoma’s 41 wins this season have been decided by run rule (a game is considered over when one of the team leads by eight or more runs after five innings).

37 — Consecutive wins by Oklahoma against Big 12 opponents.

60 — Days since the Sooners last lost a softball game (OU last loss was on Feb. 22, 7-1 to then-No. 2 UCLA).

109-8 — Oklahoma’s conference record in the last seven seasons.