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Sooners unanimous No. 1 in latest USA Softball Poll

Sooners unanimous No. 1 in latest USA Softball Poll

To the surprise of no one, the Oklahoma Sooners were unanimously voted the No. 1 team in the nation in the ESPN/USA Softball poll as voted on by coaches across the sport.

Oklahoma has now spent more than a year atop the rankings after being selected the preseason No. 1 team prior to 2022. The Sooners will open the year with No. 19 Duke and play No. 14 Stanford and No. 16 Washington in the Mark Campbell Invitational in Irvine, Calif. on February 9.

They’ll play a total of nine teams ranked in the preseason top 25, including No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Oklahoma State, and No. 4 Florida State.

The two-time defending national champions are the prohibitive favorite despite losing all-time home run leader Jocelyn Alo. They boast an incredibly deep lineup, which includes the last two national freshmen of the year in Tiare Jennings and Cydney Sanders. Their pitching staff is deep with returning All-American Jordy Bahl and transfer addition Alex Storako, who logged 200 innings and 300 strikeouts in 2022.

Here’s a look at the ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason top 25.

Jun 3, 2022; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Oregon State Beavers catcher Des Rivera (2) makes contact during the seventh inning of the NCAA Women’s College World Series game against the Arizona Wildcats at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium. Arizona won 3-1. Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

2022 Record: 39-22

2022 Postseason Rank: 10

Louisiana Lafayette’s Melissa Mayeux stands on the infield during an NCAA softball game against Auburn on Friday, May 20, 2022, in Clemson, S.C. Auburn won 4-3. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

2022 Record: 47-13

2022 Postseason Rank: Unranked

Missouri celebrates its 3-0 win over Tennessee in the semifinal game of the SEC Tournament, Friday, May 13, 2022, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. The Tigers move on to the finals. [Cyndi Chambers/ Special to the Sun] 2022

2022 Record: 38-22

2022 Postseason Rank: 22

Oregon pitcher Makenna Kliethermes (15) throws against Arkansas during an NCAA softball game on Sunday, May 22, 2022, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods).

2022 Record: 33-19

2022 Postseason Rank: 25

Auburn fans cheer on their team as Auburn Tigers take on Georgia Bulldogs at Auburn Arena in Auburn, Ala., on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Jake Crandall / USA TODAY NETWORK

2022 Record: 40-17

2022 Postseason Rank: Unranked

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