Oklahoma softball has a record 48-game winning streak (Yes, 48!)

May 28th, 2023

The Oklahoma Sooners softball team is a juggernaut. It became a record-setting juggernaut Saturday.

The Sooners’ 8-7 victory over the Clemson Tigers marked the program’s 48th consecutive victory, which is the longest streak in Division I softball history. They took the mantle from Arizona, which won 47 in a row from 1996-97.

The Sooners easily surpassed the record for longest winning streak in AL/NL history during the Modern Era (26 by the 1916 New York Giants) and in Division 1 college baseball history (34 by the 1999 Florida Atlantic Owls and the 1977 Texas Longhorns).

But reaching the milestone wasn’t easy. Saturday’s win featured Oklahoma’s closest thing to a defeat since their most recent loss on Feb. 19 vs. Baylor.

The Sooners trailed in the Super Regional matchup, 7-4, heading into their final at-bats in the top of the seventh. They were down to their last strike when catcher Kinzie Hansen hit a three-run homer to tie the game and send the crowd at Oklahoma’s Marita Hynes Field into a frenzy.

The score remained knotted into extra innings until second baseman Tiare Jennings hit a solo dinger in the top of the ninth, giving the Sooners their winning margin. They are 56-1 this season.

Along with continuing its historic streak, Saturday’s triumph punched Oklahoma’s ticket to its seventh straight Women’s College World Series and its 11th in the past 12 seasons. It also marked the program’s final game at Marita Hynes Field, the Sooners’ home for the previous 25 years. They recorded a 548-62-1 record (.897 win percentage) during that time.

The reigning two-time Women’s College World Series champions will be heavy favorites to author a three-peat once the WCWS begins in Oklahoma City on June 1. The Sooners have absolutely dominated their opponents all year long, outscoring them 478-56 through 57 games.