May 19, 2010
|#14 seed Oklahoma (43-10) at NCAA Regional|
|Game Info||Friday-Sunday, May 21-23, 2010 | Live Stats|
|Location||Robert E. Taylor Stadium | College Park, Md. | Weather|
|Tickets||All Session Passes: $25 | Single Game Tickets: $11|
|Radio||Internet Only (Friday) | KREF 1400 AM | Free audio|
|Online||College Park Regional Central|
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA AS A TEAM
Oklahoma is 43-10 overall on the year, marking the 17th consecutive season OU has reached the plateau.
OU’s pitching staff has a league-best 1.45 earned run average, a mark that is fourth best in the nation.
Sooner pitchers hold opponents to a .178 batting average and have posted 22 combined shutouts.
Oklahoma finished second in the Big 12 regular season standings.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA INDIVIDUALLY
Keilani Ricketts was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 Big 12 Championship.
Amber Flores, Lindsey Vandever and Jessica Shults were named to the all-tournament team.
Haley Nix hit a walk-off three run home run to put the run rule in effect against Missouri on May 16. It was her 10th home run of the season.
Shults holds the Oklahoma freshman record for home runs (14) and runs batted in (61) in a season.
Shults leads the Big 12 in total runs batted in (61) and ranks first with a 1.13 per game average.
Shults’ 61 RBI are tied for fourth most in a single season at Oklahoma and rank as the ninth best in a single season in the Big 12.
Ricketts’ 297 strikeouts this season are the third-most in a single season by an OU pitcher.
She needs 10 more to move into a tie for second (307 by Jill Most, 1997). Most also holds the single season record (356 in 1996).
Ricketts struck out 35 of the 77 batters she faced in the Big 12 Championship and recorded a 0.35 earned run average.
Ricketts is second in the Big 12 with a 1.29 earned run average and first in shutouts (11).
Flores was named the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year, becoming the first player in league history to win the honor twice (2009).
lores is OU’s career leader in home runs (53). The mark is four shy of tying the Big 12 career record.
She leads OU offensively in batting average (.371), slugging (.692) and on-base percentage (.543).
Flores leads the Big 12 in runs scored (60), a 1.13 per game average.
Ten Sooners have drawn double-digit walks this season, including five with 20 or more.
Vandever has just one error at catcher this season.
Vandever was named the 2010 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, the third Sooner to earn the award.
Vandever leads the team in doubles with 11 and is two walks shy of her single season best.
Brianna Turang ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 20 stolen bases on the season.
Three Sooners have career-best hitting streaks in ‘10 (not including freshmen) - Vandever (8), Wendy Trott (5) and Dani Dobbs (4).
Oklahoma placed four players on the All-Big 12 first team - Flores, Vandever, Ricketts and Shults
OU placed two on the second team - Katie Norris and Nix.
Five Sooners were honored for their academic efforts - Dobbs and Trott (first team) and Vandever , Norris and Kirsten Allen (second team).
OKLAHOMA IN THE NCAA REGIONALS
Oklahoma earned the automatic qualification from the Big 12 Conference with a 9-0 six inning win over Missouri on May 16.
OU is making its 17th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Sooners have been every year of the Patty Gasso era.
The Sooners are 40-16 all-time in NCAA Regional games.
Oklahoma owns eight regional titles - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA’S OPPONENTS
Oklahoma faces Syracuse it its opening round game. The Orange won the BIG EAST Championship to earn an automatic berth.
SU is the only team in the regional the Sooners have previously faced. OU defeated the Orange 3-0 on March 18, 2005 in Fullerton, Calif.
Syracuse enters the contest 32-24 on the year and is making its first ever appearance in the NCAA Championship.
Fordham earned an at-large bid and is the No. 2 seed in the College Park Regional. The Rams are 47-10 on the year.
The Rams are making their first appearance in the NCAA Championship.
Rams ace Jen Mineau is sixth in the nation in earned run average with a 1.04 mark.
Host Maryland finished sixth in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season standings and is 33-21 on the year.
Terrapin assistant coach Courtney Scott was a graduate assistant at Oklahoma in 2007 and 2008.