March 26, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – Last October, former University of Oklahoma softball standout Mariee Mena passed away from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. As a true expression of her generous spirit, Mena’s organs were donated per her final wishes. On Saturday, Oklahoma softball fans have a chance to experience Mena’s spirit through 12-year old Curtis Kingfisher.
Kingfisher was just one recipient of Mena’s organs and will throw out the first pitch prior to OU’s game with No. 3 Missouri Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Mena and Kingfisher families will meet for the first time at the site where Mariee made a name for herself on the softball field. The two families have been in contact through LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma.
According to the organization, LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma is committed to providing a better quality of life for those people who require organ or tissue transplantation, while respecting and honoring those families who share the gift of life.
A native of Escondido, Calif., Mena was a 2004 second team All-Big 12 selection and named to the NCAA Regional all-tournament team that season. She was a member of the Sooners’ 2003 and 2004 Women’s College World Series teams. Mena was a member of Oklahoma’s 2007 Big 12 Championship team.
Mena earned USA Softball and NFCA National Player of the Week honors on Feb. 27, 2007 after leading OU with an impressive performance at the Palm Springs Tournament.
THIS WEEKEND’S QUICK NOTES
- Oklahoma is 186-61 (.759) all-time in Big 12 Conference games.
- Oklahoma is 11-3 all time in both Big 12 openers and Big 12 home openers.
- The Sooners have won three straight Big 12 home openers.
- The Sooners are 157-141 (.537) all-time against ranked opponents
- OU is 5-9 all-time against No. 3.
- The last No. 3 Oklahoma defeated was last season - Arizona State, 8-6, in Cathedral City, Calif.
- The last time Oklahoma faced a ranked Missouri squad in Norman was 1997.
- The teams split with OU winning 2-1 and the Tigers 3-2.
- Oklahoma is 263-41-1 (.862) all-time at the OU Softball Complex and 80-21 in conference games played there.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA
- Seniors Amber Flores and Lindsey Vandever lead OU with a .384 and .383 batting average, respectively.
- Flores leads the team in on-base percentage with a .557, having drawn a team-best 21 walks and 14 hit by pitches.
- Vandever also has 21 walks on the year and has a team-best .704 slugging percentage.
- Freshman Keilani Ricketts is carrying the OU pitching staff with a 16-6 record and 1.37 earned run average.
- Ricketts has44 walks and 147 strikeouts in 123.0 innings pitched.
- She has 13 complete games, five shutouts and two saves.
- Oklahoma’s pitching staff holds opponents to a .194 batting average. Ricketts leads the way with a .161 average.
A LOOK AT MISSOURI
- Rhea Taylor leads MU with a .467 batting average, .700 slugging pct., .507 on-base pct. and 17 stolen bases.
- Pitcher Chelsea Thomas is 12-1 on the year with a 1.72 earned run average.
- Thomas has 24 walks and 123 strikeouts in 77.1 innings pitched.
A LOOK INTO THE SERIES HISTORY
- Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Missouri 47-36.
- The Tigers hold a 17-11 advantage in games played in Norman.
- Under Patty Gasso, the Sooners are 28-9 against the Tigers and 7-4 at home during that same time frame.
- Oklahoma has won the last five regular season meetings.
- OU is 6-3 all-time against MU at the OU Softball Complex.
- The Tigers won the last meeting 5-0 in the 2009 Big 12 Championship game