Oklahoma pitcher Jordy Bahl announced on Monday she is leaving the program after 2 seasons. In a lengthy message to OU and the program’s supporters on social media, she said she is “excited to return home.”

Though Nebraska was not directly mentioned, all indications point to the Huskers for the Papillion native and one-time Husker commit.

Bahl helped OU to a 61-1 record this season, a mark that included an NCAA softball record 53 straight wins as the Sooners marched to a third consecutive national championship. She went 22-1 in 38 appearances and was named the Most Outstanding Player at the Women’s College World Series after pitching 24 innings without allowing a single run.

She was a NFCA First Team All-American in 2022 as a freshman, when she set the program record for strikeouts by a freshman in a game (16), tossed a no-hitter, and registered a perfect game on Feb. 25, 2022.

“Nothing will compare to what this year and this team have been,” Bahl wrote. “That is why this is such a bittersweet thing to do. I have decided to return home and play the game I love, closer to the things that have made me who I am and that have always been more important to me than this game. The most important thing in my life after my faith, is my family. For the last 2 years, despite the amazing opportunities and accomplishments, my love for home and the acknowledgment of
my foundation have grown. Being away from these things has been very tough.

“… I am excited to return home and be Jordy Bahl the softball player, but more importantly the person. I am excited thinking about growing the game that has provided me so many opportunities for growth, in the home state, a current overlooked state for girls in softball at all ages, and I am excited to finish the softball journey right where it began.”

As a high school recruit, Bahl was committed to Nebraska before flipping to Oklahoma. Her father, Dave, played football at Doane College in Crete — wearing the same No. 98 she wore at OU.

She was named the 2020-21 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year and was a 2-time Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year. She was the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2021 after helping lead Papillion-LaVista to 3 consecutive Class A state titles.