Softball Faces Tough Road Battle at ISU

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 01, 2010

April 1, 2010

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 No. 13 Oklahoma (27-8) at Iowa State (22-13)
 Date  Friday, April 2, 2010 | 11 a.m. CT
 Saturday, April 3, 2010 | 11 a.m. CT
 Location  Ames, Iowa
 Venue  Southwest Athletic Complex
 Tickets  Free admission
 Online  Gameday Central | Live Stats | Webcast

-  Oklahoma is 187-62 (.759) all-time in Big 12 Conference games.
Amber Flores leads OU with a .380 batting average and .554 on-base percentage. She has drawn a team-best 22 walks and 15 hit by pitches.
Jessica Shults is the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week. Shults hit .455 (5-for-11) with four runs scored and three home runs.
-  She had 14 total bases, drove in nine runs and drew four walks, while producing a 1.273 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage.
-  Shults is one of the national leaders in runs batted in per game with a 1.37 average. She has a Big 12-best 48 on the season.
-  Keilani Ricketts is carrying the OU pitching staff with a 17-7 record and 1.51 earned run average.
4 Ricketts has 50 walks and 164 strikeouts in 134.1 innings pitched. She has 14 complete games, six shutouts and two saves.
-  Ricketts needs just 17 strikeouts to enter the Oklahoma single season record list in the category.
-  Oklahoma's pitching staff holds opponents to a .194 batting average. Ricketts leads the way with a .161 average.
Brianna Turang leads the team in stolen bases with 16 on the year. As a team, OU is 46-for-54 in stolen base attempts.
Lindsey Vandever is seven walks shy of her season-best set in 2009.
-  Nine Sooners have driven in double-digit runners this season. After Shults' 48, Vandever and Haley Nix each have 24 RBI.

-  Heidi Kidwell leads the Cyclones offensively with a .380 batting average (46-for-121).
-  Syndi Jones leads the team in walks drawn with 16. The Cyclones have 76 total on the year.
-  As a team, ISU has 73 extra-base hits, including 15 home runs. The Sooners have 92 extra-base hits and 47 home runs.
-  Ace Rachel Zabriskie is 18-7 on the year with a 2.20 earned run average. Zabriskie has thrown 16 complete games and 146.2 innings.
-  Zabriskie is the Cyclones career leader in strikeouts and victories.
-  ISU defeated Iowa 7-3 on Wednesday in Ames. Kidwell was 3-for-4 and Zabriskie allowed three earned runs on five hits.

-  Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Iowa State 55-28. The Sooners hold a 23-8 advantage in games played in Ames.
-  Under head coach Patty Gasso, the Sooners are 31-4 against the Cyclones and are 16-2 in Ames during the same time frame.
-  OU has won eight straight series meetings, including the last seven regular season contests.
-  Iowa State's last series win came on April 22, 2006 (5-2) in Ames.
-  Oklahoma won both regular series meetings last year in Norman (10-7 and 10-0 [5]) and had a 3-0 win in the Big 12 Championship.

-  The Sooners travel to Stillwater Wednesday for the first conference matchup against No. 15 Oklahoma State this season.
-  The game is set for a 7 p.m. first pitch and broadcast statewide on Cox Communications.
-  Sooner fans can hear the game statewide on the Sooner Sports Network with Brian Brinkley calling the action.
-  OU travels to College Station next weekend for a two-game series against No. 20 Texas A&M.



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