USA Today’s College Factual has listed the Top 10 colleges for women’s D1 softball and has The University of Tulsa’s softball program ranked as the fifth-best in the nation.
College Factual has ranked the best colleges for softball taking into account the athletic success of the team as well as the academic success of the players and other quality measures (i.e. Use your athletic skill to get a great education so when you graduate you’ll have plenty of options for your future career).
Since 2006, Golden Hurricane softball has won nine conference championships and made seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including each of the past four years. Tulsa has produced five NFCA All-Americans, three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and five CoSIDA Academic All-District selections. TU also landed 17 NFCA All-Region and 37 all-conference selections in that span.
The Hurricane will play four non-conference games this week, beginning with a 5 p.m. Wednesday contest against in-state rival Oklahoma State at the Collins Family Softball Complex. TU and OSU will turn around and play Thursday at 7 p.m. in Stillwater, in a makeup of the originally scheduled March 25 game. TU then plays host to Kansas next weekend, with a single game Saturday and Sunday. The games begin at 2 p.m. each day.
Below is what College Factual says about Tulsa’s softball program:
5. UNIVERSITY OF TULSA – TULSA, OKLA.
John Bargfeldt is the only Tulsa coach to have a winning record in every one of his (nine) seasons. His teams have reached the NCAA Tournament six of the last seven years. Tulsa is a small, private college with a student body of 4,000 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1. It’s known for its petroleum engineering program, plus its school of law offering a Native American Legal Issues specialty. Its most popular majors are petroleum engineering, finance and mechanical engineering.