Stillwater, Okla. — For the first time since the 1998 season, Oklahoma State’s Cowgirl softball team is ranked in the top-10 nationally in the Coaches Poll, released weekly by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. is ranked ninth in both the and Softball/ESPN.com Polls, and eighth in the Ultimate College Softball poll.
Oklahoma State entered the polls for the first time since 2004 earlier this season, and has made a steady climb up the charts. The Cowgirls are 9-5 this season against teams ranked at game time, and have a 7-5 mark against teams currently ranked in the top 25 of the Coaches Poll.
The last time was ranked in the top-10 nationally was April of 1998, nearly 12 years ago, when the Cowgirls were ranked No. 10 following a sweep of No. 14 Missouri on April 12. The highest ranking Oklahoma State achieved that season was a No. 4 ranking for three weeks during the month of March. The Cowgirls went on to advance to the Women’s College World Series that year.
The Coaches Poll has been around since the 1995 season, one year following OSU’s fifth appearance in 1994. The Cowgirls had been ranked as high as No. 1 in a poll conducted by the during the 1989 season.
Oklahoma State (36-7, 7-0 Big 12) will travel to Tulsa to face the Golden Hurricane on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Hardesty Complex on the TU campus.