NORMAN Oklahoma softball and head coach Patty Gasso announcedOU’s full 2022 schedule Tuesday.
The Sooners, reigning national champions and nine-time defending Big 12 champions, will face 13 schools that made it to the 2021 NCAA tournament, including four Super Regional entrants and three Women’s College World Series teams.
The slate contains 14 home games at Marita Hynes Field, including three Big 12 series in Norman. The non-conference schedule is highlighted by an opening weekend matchup against perennial contender UCLA, the return of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, and a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Rainbow Wahine Classic.
The 2022 campaign marks the 28e for Gasso in Oklahoma. During her tenure, the Sooners made it through the postseason each year, making 11 consecutive trips to Super Regionals and 14 overall appearances in the WCWS, winning five national titles.
The season kicks off on February 10 in Santa Barbara, California, against UC-Santa Barbara. The team will then face four opponents at the Mark Campbell Invitational (February 11-13) in Irvine, California. Oklahoma opens the tournament against Loyola Marymount, ahead of the games against Mississippi State, UCLA and UC-San Diego.
In week two, the Sooners head to Houston for the second consecutive season to compete in the Houston Classic, February 18-20. OU will meet host Houston, along with Texas State and McNeese State.
The Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., Feb. 25-27, returns to college softball after a one-year hiatus in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Oklahoma makes its 16e consecutive trip to the tournament and play in the event every season it has been held since 2006. The Sooners will meet Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Arizona, Tennessee and Utah in the three-day tournament.
The team opens its home game at Marita Hynes Field in Norman with a Monday game against Minnesota on March 7. Oklahoma went undefeated to Marita Hynes in 2021, finishing 21-0 in Norman and winning the regional and super-regional games in front of the home crowd.
For the third time in the program’s history (2009, 2015), the Sooners will travel across the Pacific to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Rainbow Wahine Classic, March 10-12. Oklahoma will take on host Hawaii as well as Big 12 foe Baylor and California on the island.
OU returns to the State of Oklahoma for the second annual Hall of Fame Classic at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, March 18-20. The Sooners went 4-0 in the inaugural tournament in OKC last season. The 2022 episode will feature OU against Sam Houston, Indiana, San Diego, Houston and Iowa.
Big 12 play begins March 25-27 in Norman vs. Baylor ahead of a midweek matchup at home against 2021 regional foe Wichita State, March 29.
The Sooners welcome UAB April 1-2 for a few games before another midweek game on April 6 against Tulsa in Norman.
Conference play continues in Lubbock, Texas, against Texas Tech April 8-10 and in Austin against Red River rival Texas over the Easter weekend, April 14-16.
After a midweek game in North Texas on April 20, Oklahoma will host Iowa State from April 22-24 before playing their final non-conference game on April 28 in Kansas City, Mo., against Kansas City.
The Sooners will make the short drive to Lawrence from Kansas City for a series against Kansas, April 29 through May 1.
The Bedlam Series presented by Phillips 66 will conclude the regular season in Norman, May 6-8. It will be the first time there have been three matchups against the Cowgirls in Norman since 1997, when the Sooners hosted their rival in the state for one regular season game and two NCAA Regional games. The Sooners took two of OSU’s three in Stillwater last season to claim the Big 12 regular season title.
OU is going for its fifth consecutive conference tournament title during the Big 12 Softball Championship in Oklahoma City, May 13-14. NCAA Regionals will be played at host institutions May 20-22, prior to Super Regionals May 26-29.
The newly expanded Women’s College World Series will take place June 2-9 at OKC.
TV information for the season will be announced at a later date.
Season ticket renewals go on sale in December, while single match tickets go on sale in February.
The 2022 Team Returns 2021 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Jocelyn Alo, along with four other All-Americans in Jayda Coleman, 2021 NFCA Freshman of the Year Tiare Jennings, Kinzie Hansen and Grace Lyons. The Sooners are coming off a record 2021 season in which the team finished 56-4 and claimed the program’s fifth national title.
|2022 OU Softball Schedule|
|Feb. 10||at UC Santa Barbara||Santa Barbara, California.|
|February 11-13^||vs. Loyola Marymount, Mississippi State, UCLA, UC San Diego||Irvine, California.|
|February 18-20 !||in Houston, vs. McNeese State, Texas State||Houston, Texas|
|February 25-27 #||vs. CSU Fullerton, Long Beach State, Arizona, Tennessee, Utah||Palm Springs, California.|
|March 10-12 +||in Hawaii, vs. Baylor, California||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|March 18-20 $||vs. Sam Houston, Indiana, Iowa, Houston, San Diego||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.|
|29 March||Wichita State||Norman|
|Apr 8-10||at Texas Tech||Lubbock, Texas|
|April 14-16||in Texas||Austin, Texas|
|20th of April||in North Texas||Denton, Texas|
|April 22-24||state of Iowa||Norman|
|April 28||in Kansas City||Kansas City, Mo.|
|April 29 – May 1||in Kansas||Laurens, Kan.|
|May 6-8||State of Oklahoma||Norman|
|May 13-14 *||Big 12 Championship||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.|
|May 20-22||Regional NCAA||Host sites|
|May 26-29||NCAA Super Regionals||Host sites|
|June 2-9 *||Women’s College World Series||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.|
|Home games in bold|
^ Mark Campbell Invitational played at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, California.
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