OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – One year after letting a lead slip away with the national championship on the line, Oklahoma is back at the Women’s College World Series as the favorite to win this year’s NCAA softball title.

Led by two-time national player of the year Keilani Ricketts, the Sooners (52-4) are the top seed in the eight-team field that has two teams apiece from the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12. Play begins Thursday with four games: Oklahoma-Michigan, Florida-Tennessee, Texas-Arizona State and Nebraska-Washington.

Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso says her players aren’t looking back at last year, when Ricketts gave up a 3-0 lead in Game 3 of the championship series and struck out to end the game. This year, the Sooners led the nation in ERA and in runs scored.

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