Top-Five Matchups Await OU in Arizona

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 13, 2014
 No. 11/7 OU (3-2) at Littlewood Classic
 vs. Illinois State  Friday, Feb. 14, 4:45 p.m. CT | Illinois State Audio Feed
 at #5/5 Arizona State  Friday, Feb. 14, 7:00 p.m. CT | Live Stream
 vs. SIU-Edwardsville  Saturday, Feb. 15, 12:15 p.m. CT
 vs. #3/3 Washington  Sunday, Feb. 16, 12:15 p.m. CT
 vs. Michigan State  Sunday, Feb. 16, 2:30 p.m. CT
 Location  Phoenix, Ariz. | Farrington Softball Stadium
 Live Stats  Links Available Before First Pitch
 Game Info  Tournament Central | Game Notes | Twitter

The No. 11/7 Oklahoma softball team is back in action this weekend at the Littlewood Classic hosted by Arizona State. Weather on the East Coast forced Delaware State to drop out of the tournament due to travel difficulties, altering the schedule for the weekend.

The Sooners will still play five games but now begin with a matchup against Illinois State on Friday at 4:45 p.m. CT, followed by a contest against fifth-ranked Arizona State.

After meeting newly-scheduled SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday afternoon, the Sooners wrap up play on Sunday as they take on No. 3/3 Washington and Michigan State.

The Sooners have a 213-171 (.555) all-time record against ranked opponents. Against top-5 teams, OU is 31-52 (.373) all-time but specifically against the No. 5 team it is 11-7 and 9-13 against the No. 3 team. OU has won eight of its last nine against ranked teams and 14 of its past 16.

Aside from a first-time meeting with Delaware State, OU has faced each of its opponents this weekend in previous seasons.

Oklahoma defeated Washington twice during the 2013 season, including a win that sent the Sooners to the finals of the Women’s College World Series.

The first meeting took place on Feb. 16 when the Sooners shut out the Huskies, 2-0, in San Diego. Junior Lauren Chamberlain had the only offense in the game with a two-run home run.

The rematch came on June 2 as the Huskies needed two wins to eliminate OU, while Oklahoma needed one win to advance. A three-run third inning, highlighted by a solo HR from Chamberlain, and a two-RBI day from Georgia Casey led OU to a 6-2 victory.

Oklahoma’s two previous matchups against ASU came in the WCWS. The Sun Devils defeated OU in the opening game in 2011 by a score of 3-1, while the Sooners ended Arizona State’s season in 2012 with a 5-3 victory to reach the WCWS Finals.

A quick look at which Sooners have been enjoying recent success:

 Player  G  AB  R  H  RBI  2B  HR  BB  K  SB  AVG/OBP/SLG
 Casey  5  17  4  7  6  1  3  0  3  1  .412/.444/1.000
 Chamberlain  5  14  5  4  3  0  1  2  3  1  .286/.412/.500
 L. Miller  5  8  2  4  4  0  1  2  2  0  .500/.600/.875
 Pendley  5  15  5  6  7  2  2  2  5  0  .400/.471/.933


 Player  G  IP  H  R  ER  BB  K  HR  ERA
 Stevens  4  21.2  16  5  5  3  24  2  1.62

Oklahoma opened the 2014 season last weekend at the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, Calif., posting a 3-2 record.

OU dropped its season opener to No. 12/14 Kentucky, 5-4, in 10 innings. The Sooners had a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, but allowed a pair of solo home runs and the Wildcats were able to win in the 10th.

In addition to seeing its 13-game win streak end, OU’s season-opening win streak ended at four games, its eight-game win streak against ranked opponents was stopped and its three-game winning streak in extra innings came to a close.

Oklahoma then dropped to 0-2 with a loss to host-Cal State Fullerton, but bounced back with a pair of run-rule wins.

In defeating Santa Clara 10-1 in five innings, Georgia Casey was 3-3 with four RBI and also got the win in the circle. OU then topped Loyola Marymount 11-1 in five innings behind a seven-run fourth inning.

In the weekend finale, Leslie Miller’s two-run homer was the lone OU hit of the game but it was enough to beat Pittsburgh, 2-1. Kelsey Stevens struck out a season-high 10 batters with no walks to keep the Panthers in check.

The final score of 11-1 in five innings illustrates how strong the OU offense was against LMU (2/8), but it was the defense that came through with the highlight of the day on a triple play.

OU led 4-1 in the top of the fourth, but LMU had runners on first and second. A sharp grounder by Taryn Renowden was hit to junior Shelby Pendley at third base. She stepped on third for the force, threw to senior Javen Henson at second base for the second out and Henson threw on to junior Lauren Chamberlain at first base to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

Junior Lauren Chamberlain made history in the season opener versus Kentucky (2/7) with a solo home run in the third inning.

It was the 61st of her career, tying former Sooner and current OU GA Jessica Shults for the most in Big 12 and Oklahoma history. Chamberlain, who hit 30 homers as both a freshman and sophomore, is now tied for 28th all-time in NCAA DI history.



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