March 11, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – The 12th-ranked University of Oklahoma softball team welcomes Utah and Northern Iowa for the Oklahoma Spring Festival this
Friday’s first pitch against the Utes is set for 6 p.m. The Sooners take on UNI Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Utah again at 4:45 p.m. The tournament concludes Sunday with OU taking on the Panthers at 12:15 p.m. CT. Utah and UNI meet twice - Saturday at 12:15 p.m. and Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
Friday’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, a high of 53 and NNW winds at 12 mph. Saturday’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, a high of 57 and NW winds at 10 mph. Sunday looks to be mostly cloudy, a high of 62 and NNW winds at 11 mph.
BROADCAST AND PROMOTIONAL INFO
Sunday’s contest will air locally on Cox channels 7 (Oklahoma City/Norman) and 3 (Tulsa). Tickets remain and can be purchased at the complex ticket office an hour and a half prior to first pitch. Live stats are available at SoonerSports.com.
A LOOK INTO THE SERIES HISTORY
Oklahoma is 5-0 at home this year and has a 258-41-1 (.860) mark all-time at the OU Softball Complex. OU leads the all-time series with Utah, 12-5 and holds a 2-1 mark in games played in Norman. The two schools have not met since the 2006 season and the Sooners have won five straight. Northern Iowa and OU have met six times previously with the Sooners leading the series, 4-2. Oklahoma defeated UNI last season in Norman, 8-0 in six innings.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA
Freshman Jessica Shults leads the Sooners in a majority of offensive categories including batting average (.414.), hits (24), RBI (32), home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.914). Oklahoma’s pitchers have combined for eight shutouts this season. Freshman Keilani Ricketts has a 10-3 record on the year, while sophomore Kirsten Allen is 4-0. Both have a 1.68 earned run average.
The Sooners close out a nine-game homestand Monday afternoon with a 5 p.m. contest against UMKC. Admission to that contest is free on Fan Appreciation Day.
WEEKEND QUICK NOTES
The Sooners are 85-21 (.802) in non-conference games at the complex ... Senior Amber Flores needs one home run to tie the school’s career record ... Pitcher Keilani Ricketts needs nine strikeouts for her 100th this season ... Freshman Brianna Turang is 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts this season ... Sophomore Karolyne Long is second on the team (4-for-4) ... Senior Lindsey Vandever leads the team in on-base percentage (.545) ... Vandever has a team-best 14 walks drawn this season ... Vandever hit her fifth career grand slam on Wednesday against North Texas.