Big 12 Conference Announces Return of Annual Softball Championship

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Big 12 Conference Announces Return of Annual Softball Championship

With four wins, Texas is tied with Oklahoma for the most Big 12 Softball Championship victories all-time

AUSTIN, Texas – The Big 12 Conference office announced on Thursday that the league will reinstate its annual Big 12 Softball Championship beginning with the 2017 season.

Last held in 2010, the postseason event will be contested at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla., site of the annual NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series and the Big 12’s previous 15 championships, over May 12-13, 2017. The event will include pool play for the top six teams in the league standings.

Although the 1996-97 academic year was technically the inaugural season of the Big 12, the 1996 Big 12 Softball Championship was the very first conference championship for the league with Oklahoma claiming the crown. Of the current league membership, OU and Texas (1999, 2002, 2003, 2005) have won the postseason title four times each, while Kansas won the championship in 2006.

Seven conference members sponsor the sport of softball – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech. The Big 12 has totaled 16 Women’s College World Series appearances, including five appearances by the Longhorns (1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2013), since its inception with 84 overall NCAA postseason berths.

In addition to its 15 Big 12 Softball Championships, Oklahoma City has played host to 16 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championships (1997-2001, ‘03, ‘05-’14), a pair of Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championships (‘09, ‘07), three Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships (‘07, ‘09, ‘14) and three Big 12 Rowing Championships (‘10, ‘12, ‘14).

Oklahoma City will also be home to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship through the 2018-19 season as well as play host to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship through 2020. Additionally, the Big 12 and Oklahoma City have co-hosted seven NCAA Championship events since 2003.

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