Softball Begins Super Regional Thursday

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 25, 2010

May 25, 2010

#14 seed Oklahoma (46-10) at #3 seed Washington (48-6)
 Game Info  Game 1: Thursday, May 27 | 9 p.m. CT | Live Stats
 Game 2: Friday, May 28 | 7:30 p.m. CT | Live Stats
 Game 3: Friday, May 28 | 10 p.m. CT | Live Stats | If Necessary
 Location  Husky Softball Stadium | Seattle, Wash. | Weather
 Tickets  Sold Out
 Television  Game 1: ESPN2 | Game 2: ESPNU | Game 3: ESPN2
 All games: ESPN3.com | Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza
 Online  Seattle Super Regional Central

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 [8]).
•  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).

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