By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 25, 2010
May 25, 2010
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA AS A TEAM
• Oklahoma is 46-10 overall on the year, marking the 17th consecutive season OU has reached the plateau.
• OU’s pitching staff has a Big 12-best 1.37 earned run average.
• Sooner pitchers hold opponents to a .176 batting average and have posted 22 combined shutouts.
• OU is 11-3 on the road this season. The Sooners last road loss was April 7 at Oklahoma State.
• The Sooners received an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship as the winner of the Big 12 Championship.
• Oklahoma won the College Park, Md. regional to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals. It was OU’s ninth NCAA Regional title.
• The Sooners have traveled 4,744 miles to make it to the Seattle Super Regional.
• Oklahoma has won 14 straight and has out-scored opponents 77-5 in that stretch.
• OU is 1-6 in Super Regionals since the format was introduced in 2005. The Sooners are appearing in their first Super Regional since 2008.
• Oklahoma’s only win in Super Regional play was a 2-0 win at Arizona on May 24, 2008.
• The winner of the best two-out-of-three series advances to the 2010 Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
A LOOK AT OKLAHOMA INDIVIDUALLY
• Amber Flores, Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults were named to the National Fastpich Coaches Association All-Central Region first team.
• Lindsey Vandever earned NFCA All-Central Region second team honors.
• Flores is the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year. She is the first player in league history to earn the honor twice.
• Vandever is the 2010 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. She is the fourth Sooner to earn the award.
• Flores, Ricketts, Shults and Vandever were all first team All-Big 12 selections. Katie Norris and Haley Nix were named to the second team.
• Ricketts was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 Big 12 Championship.
• Flores, Vandever and Shults were named to the all-tournament team.
• Nix hit a walk-off three run home run to put the run rule in effect against Missouri on May 16 (9-0).
• Ricketts has not allowed an earned run in the last 28.0 innings pitched. She last allowed an ER in the fourth inning vs. Texas A&M on May 15.
• During the 14-game win streak, Ricketts has a 0.39 earned run average and six shutouts.
• OU is hitting .318 as a team during the span and has scored 77 runs, 68 of which have been manufactured.
• Shults holds the Oklahoma freshman record for home runs (14) and runs batted in (61) in a season.
• Shults is second in the Big 12 in total runs batted in (61) and ranks first with a 1.09 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’ 324 strikeouts this season are the second-most in a single season at OU. Jill Most holds the single season record (356 in 1996).
• Ricketts leads the Big 12 with a 1.19 earned run average and first in shutouts (14).
• Flores is OU’s career leader in home runs (53). The mark is four shy of tying the Big 12 career record.
• Ten Sooners have drawn double-digit walks this season, including five with 20 or more.
• Vandever is tied for the team lead 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).
• Five OU players were honored by the Big 12 for their academic efforts - Dobbs and Trott (first team) and Vandever, Norris and Kirsten Allen (second).
A LOOK AT WASHINGTON
• Washington was awarded the No. 3 national seed and is the defending national champion.
• UW won the Seattle Regional with wins over North Dakota State (3-0) and North Carolina (1-0 and 2-1 ).
• The Huskies earned an automatic berth to the 2010 NCAA Championship as the regular season Pacific-10 champions.
• Washington leads the all-time series with Oklahoma, 7-6. The two schools met in Cathedral City, Calif. earlier this season (Feb. 26).
• Jessica Shults drove in all four Oklahoma runs, including three on a home run, but the top-ranked Huskies prevailed 7-4.
• The Huskies got three home runs from Danielle Lawrie, Taylor Smith and Nikki Williams in the contest.
• Oklahoma’s four earned runs tie for the most Lawrie has allowed this season (Hawai’i, Oregon and Arizona State).