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2023 Oklahoma breaks NCAA DI softball record for longest winning streak in history

2023 Oklahoma breaks NCAA DI softball record for longest winning streak in history

Oklahoma softball’s 53rd consecutive win meant another OU national championship — its third in a row — and a still-active record. The Sooners topped Florida State in the championship series at the Women’s College World Series to continue its streak of victories.

OU broke the NCAA record for the longest win streak with an 8-7 win on Saturday, May 27, to close out a super regional sweep over Clemson and put the Sooners past Arizona on the all-time list. The Wildcats won 47 straight games across the 1996-97 seasons.

Oklahoma’s historic victory also served as a fitting farewell to Marita Hynes Field, OU’s home stadium since 1998. Saturday’s super regional finale was the final game at the venue before the Sooners move to the new Love’s Field in 2024.

Here’s a deeper look at the longest winning streaks in DI college softball history.

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Oklahoma, 2023 (current)

The Sooners have currently won 53 games in a row, through June 8. That puts them alone on top, with Oklahoma winning another title in Oklahoma City to close the 2023 season. Oklahoma’s only regular-season loss in 2023 came to Baylor in February. The 48th win of the season came in Game 2 of the super regionals — the Sooners trailed 7-4 in the seventh and down to their last out and last strike when Kinzie Hansen sent an 0-2 pitch over the fence for a three-run bomb. OU then came back to take the lead in the top of the ninth and hold off Clemson to advance to its seventh-straight trip to the WCWS. The record-breaking win, that beat Arizona’s record set in 1997, was even more significant because of what was likely the Sooner’s last game played on Marita Hynes Field. 

Arizona, 1996-1997

The Wildcats owned the longest streak in NCAA softball history until 2023 Oklahoma came around. Arizona won 47 games in a row from April 5, 1996 to March 23, 1997. The team took home the championship in both seasons, and finished with a combined 119-16 record in those two seasons.

Oklahoma, 2019

Oklahoma’s win streak ended at 41 games after the Sooners lost to Wisconsin in their third NCAA tournament game. OU was creeping up on Arizona’s all-time streak of 47 but fell six short. Oklahoma’s finished conference play with a pristine 18-0 record. The Sooners’ 41 consecutive wins is the longest win streak in the span of a single season.

Oklahoma, 2021-2022

Oklahoma put 40 wins together, a run that started in the 2021 WCWS Finals, including winning the national title, and…

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