Feb. 15, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The season that jumpstarted more than a decade of dominance began with six straight wins en route to Oklahoma’s first 50-plus win season. The Sooners also qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time and have been every season since, qualifying for 16 straight. The Sooners began that run at the UT-Arlington Tournament Feb. 18-20, 1994.
Among the biggest wins in the tournament were victories over then-Big Eight rivals Nebraska (6-5) and Kansas (5-4). The Sooners defeated in-state rival Tulsa 11-10 in eight innings. Chrissy Peck, Jennifer Sherman and Carrie Frederick each recorded three hits while as a team the Sooners posted a 19-hit attack against the Golden Hurricane. Two homeruns were added by Becky Burroughs and Sherman, while Jill Most recorded the win on the mound.
OU then went on to defeat Creighton, 7-5. Stephanie Acton and Sherman each had two hits while the team once again recorded double-digits with 10 hits. The winning pitcher was Most, who put together four innings of six-hit pitching. During this six-game winning streak, the Sooners also defeated Northwestern (7-4) and Creighton (7-5) on their way to a record setting season of 56-13.
The 1994 season also saw the programs first of 33 All-Americans in Burroughs. Teammates Chris DeLuca and Analisa Jackson were also All-Midwest Region selections. The season also consisted of an extraordinary number of records as nine team and individual records were broken. The 1994 team also posted the most hits (629) for a single-season, a record that still stands today.
Not only was Burroughs the programs first All-America selection, she holds four single-season records that still stand today. Burroughs recorded 100 hits, 24 doubles, 42 extra-base hits and 175 total bases during the season.
Other active single-season records include Jackson’s 237 at-bats. Brea Moore also recorded a no-hitter against Madonna on March 5.
The 1994 season proved to be a pivotal year in OU softball history as the program has been among the nation’s best ever since. While the six straight wins kicked off the season, it was the beginning of several accolades the team earned that year. Recording the programs first 50 win season, an NCAA Tournament bid and an all-America honoree, the 1994 season was one for the record books.
Lacy Barnes is a student assistant in the University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications Office.