May 10, 2010
NORMAN, OKLA. – The first Big 12 Softball Championship was held in 1996 at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. This season marks the event’s 15th and final year in OKC.
In the inaugural championship game, The Sooners defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 1-0. The game was a battle between the pitchers as collectively seven hits were allowed. For the Sooners, Mindy Johnson, Casey Dickson and Jennifer Lopez each had one hit.
Jill Most threw for the Sooners and allowed four hits through seven inning while striking out 10 and allowing no walks. In the circle for Nebraska was Stacie Stafford, who allowed one run on three hits through 6.2 innings and walked three while striking out seven batters.
The lone run came from a single to left field by Lopez bringing Chris Benyak home.
En route to winning the first Championship, the Sooners got past Nebraska once earlier and Oklahoma State. In the first round, OU defeated the Huskers 5-4. In the second round the Sooners defeated the Cowgirls 5-0.
Since the 1996 championship, the OU softball program has won four regular season titles and three Championship titles. The Big 12 Championship titles came in 1996, 2001 and again in 2007.
This weekend, the Sooners will make the trip to ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City for the final Big 12 Championship in softball. Oklahoma opens play Saturday morning at 11 a.m. CT against the winner of Friday night’s Texas Tech/Kansas contest. For more information on the 2010 Big 12 Championship, visit Championship Central.
Lacy Barnes is a student assistant in the OU Athletics Communications Office.