|Oklahoma (13-6) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-10)|
| vs. Louisiana Tech
||Tuesday, March 4, 3:00 p.m. CT|
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Oklahoma takes part in its first midweek game of the season as it hosts Louisiana Tech on Tuesday.
The Sooners were scheduled to play at Arkansas on Wednesday, but that game has now been postponed to April 30 at 3 p.m.
Louisiana Tech for the first time since the 2001 season. The Lady Techsters’ assistant coach Jeannie Murphy (nee Douglas) played at Oklahoma from 2006-09. She played in 87 career games and was an Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree in 2009.
A quick look at which Sooners have been enjoying recent success:
CHAMBERLAIN SETS BIG 12, OU CAREER HOME RUN MARK
After homering in the first game of the season to tie the Oklahoma and Big 12 career home run mark, junior Lauren Chamberlain broke the mark in game one of a doubleheader against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday.
Chamberlain hit 30 homers as a freshman, 30 as a sophomore and now has two this year for a record-setting mark of 62. It breaks a tie she shared with former Sooner Jessica Shults (61) and has Chamberlain tied with three others for 25th all-time in Division I history. Chamberlain is the active home run leader in Division I softball.
RECORDS FALL IN 35-1 WIN OVER ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF
Several school records were set or tied and the Sooners also etched their names into the NCAA record books after a 35-1, five-inning win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in game two of a doubleheader on Friday.
|Stat||Player/Team||OU Rank||NCAA Rank|
|17 Runs in an Inning||Team||1st||T-2nd|
|34-Run Margin of Victory||Team||1st||T-6th|
|4 Home Runs in an Inning||Team||T-1st||T-7th|
|44 Total Bases||Team||1st||T-15th|
|10 RBI||Shelby Pendley||1st||T-4th|
|5 Runs Scored||Lauren Chamberlain||T-1st||T-13th|
|4 Walks||Lauren Chamberlain||T-1st||T-16th|
OU SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER WITH NO. 16/15 NEBRASKA
The Sooners split a doubleheader in Norman with No. 16/15 Nebraska, securing its first win over a ranked team in the process.
In game one, Oklahoma found itself down 4-3 to the Huskers going into the bottom of the seventh but Georgia Casey gave OU life with a one-out double. Whitney Ellis knotted the game up 4-4 when she followed with a double and two batters later Callie Parsons hit a walk-off single for the 5-4 win, No. 1500 in program history.
To get the win, OU had to overcome a 3-0 deficit after the first inning and a 4-3 deficit after the top of the seventh.
Game two saw the Huskers snap the Sooners’ home winning streak at 16 games dating to last season (chart in right column) with a 7-2 victory.
Oklahoma failed to capitalize on scoring chances in both the first and second innings, combining to leave five runners on base. After Nebraska scored three runs in the third, OU got one back on an RBI single from Destinee Martinez. The Huskers scored again in the fourth, while Casey hit a solo HR in the fifth. NU tacked on three more runs over the sixth and seventh innings to get the game’s final margin.
SOONERS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER FROM UAPB
Oklahoma opened the home portion of its schedule on Feb. 28 when it swept Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a doubleheader.
In game one against the Golden Lions, OU jumped out early and scored six runs in the first inning as Georgia Casey hit an RBI double, an error allowed two runs to score, Whitney Ellis added a two-run double and Jessica Vest hit an run-scoring single.
Chamberlain hit her record-breaking home run in the fourth inning and Javen Henson followed two batters later to make it 8-0. Brittany Williams added a two-run homer in the frame.
Game two saw several records broken or met (see page one) as the Sooners defeated the Golden Lions, 35-1, in five innings. Oklahoma scored nine runs in the first, nine runs in the second and 17 in the fourth inning. The Sooners hit four home runs in the game, all of which came in the fourth.
Of the 18 players on OU’s roster, 16 got into the game. Thirteen different Sooners scored a run, including 12 that scored at least two runs. Twelve players collected a hit, including four that got at least three hits. In addition, 11 different Sooners drove in a run and eight drew at least one walk.
The offensive catalyst was junior Shelby Pendley who was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, recording two doubles and two home runs, one of which was a grand slam. She set the OU single-game record with 10 RBI.
Henson also had an impressive day by going 3-4 with three runs scored and a career-high six RBI. Chamberlain matched a school record by scoring five runs in the game, while Tyler Lucas recorded three singles in the fourth inning.
HOME WIN STREAK ENDS AS FIFTH LONGEST
With wins in its first three home games of the year, Oklahoma ran its winning streak at Marita Hynes Field to 16 games. It was ended in game two of a doubleheader against Nebraska, but not before becoming the fifth longest streak in OU history.
FACING THE CREAM OF THE CROP
Four of OU’s five losses have come to ranked teams this year. In fact, as of 2/25 the average ranking in both polls of those four ranked teams at the time of the game was 7.4, which is the most difficult in the nation (min. four ranked opponents faced).
|Team||Avg. Opp. Rank||Vs. Top-25||Record|
MARTINEZ NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Destinee Martinez has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week. It’s the first weekly conference honor for an OU player in 2014 and the first for Martinez her in her career.
Martinez hit .500 for the weekend (8-16) and led the team in runs scored (7), hits (8), RBI (7) on-base percentage (.556) and stolen bases (4). Among her highlights, she was 4-4 against Oregon State and drove in a career high three RBI against both Northwestern and Syracuse.
SOONERS TURN TRIPLE PLAY
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.