Oklahoma begins life without Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley who are in the NPF with the USSSA Pride. Is this the year the Sooners will get knock off for the Big 12 championship or will ace pitcher Paige Parker keep the Sooners on top of the Big 12?
Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson talked to Justin McCleod’s of Justin’s World about the outlook for the Big 12. Among the topics discussed included.
- How will Oklahoma look without Chamberlain and Pendley?
- What impact will Kelsee Selman have on Baylor after coming over from LSU?
- Is Baylor a legit contender for the Women’s College World Series?
- How will Sydney Romero do at Oklahoma?
- Is Texas headed for a down season?
- Could Oklahoma State suprise under new Head Coach Kenny Gajewski?
2016 Big 12 Softball Preseason Poll
Players to Watch according to Justin McCleod:
– Kelsee Selman, Baylor – The former LSU hurler transferred to the Bears in the offseason and will be eligible to play immediately. While senior Heather Stearns is the undoubted ace of the Baylor staff, Selman will provide a nice compliment and the back end of an effective 1-2 punch. She figures to get plenty more than the fifteen appearances and fifty-seven innings she amassed at LSU last season as the #4 member of that staff.
– Sydney Romero, Oklahoma – The younger sister of Michigan senior superstar Sierra, Sydney impressed in the fall season and she has the potential to be a quality infielder and help make up for the afore-mentioned losses of Pendley and Chamberlain.
– Tiffany Mikkelson, Oklahoma State – ‘A career year’ indeed described Mikkelson’s 2015 season, when she hit .361/13/46 with a slugging percentage of .722. She finished in the conference’s top-ten in five categories, including total bases and on-base percentage, as well as walks, RBI, and slugging percentage. Under a new coaching regime and in her swan song season, Mikkelson’s game-changing capabilities will come in handy for Kenny Gajewski and I figure her to have another heavy-hitting season and a repeat of all-conference and all-region honors after the campaign’s completion.
Eric Lopez’s NCAA Tournament Projections for Big 12 – 4 Teams