|#19/13 Oklahoma (14-6) Hosts Courtyard Marriott Tournament|
| vs. Liberty
||Friday, March 7, 3:30 p.m. CT|
|vs. Western Illinois||Friday, March 7, 5:45 p.m. CT | Sunday, March 9, 12:30 p.m.|
| vs. #20/21 Tulsa
||Saturday, March 8, 1:30 p.m. CT|
|Live Webcast||SoonerSports.tv ($)|
|Game Info||Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter|
No. 19/13 Oklahoma plays host to the Courtyard Marriott Tournament this weekend, welcoming in No. 20/21 Tulsa, Liberty and Western Illinois. All games involving Oklahoma will have a live webcast on SoonerSports.TV (subscription required), while live stats for OU’s games can be found on SoonerSports.com.
Friday, March 7
11:00 a.m. #20/21 Tulsa vs. Liberty
1:15 p.m. #20/21 Tulsa vs. Western Illinois
3:30 p.m. Liberty vs. #19/13 Oklahoma
5:45 p.m. Western Illinois vs. #19/13 Oklahoma
Saturday, March 8
11:00 a.m. Liberty vs. Western Illinois
1:30 p.m. #20/21 Tulsa vs. #19/13 Oklahoma
Sunday, March 9
10:00 a.m. Liberty vs. #20/21 Tulsa
12:30 p.m. Western Illinois vs. #19/13 Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s matchup Friday against Western Illinois marks just the sixth all-time meeting between the schools and the first since 1991.
The Sooners have never faced Liberty, but are 1-1 against schools from the Big South Conference. However, both games came against Winthrop in 1990 and 1993.
OU has a lengthy history with Tulsa, owning a 37-10 all-time record. The two teams have faced each other every year since 1994, except for the 1999 season. Oklahoma has won three in a row in the series and four of the past five.
The teams met a year ago in Tulsa on April 4. The game was not originally on the schedule but the teams agreed to meet after weather forced the cancellation of previous games during that week. Then-senior Jessica Shults hit a two-run single in the top of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie for the Sooners.
A quick look at which Sooners have been enjoying recent success:
ELLIS’ TWO HOME RUNS GUIDE OU PAST LOUISIANA TECH
A five-run first inning and a pair of home runs by sophomore Whitney Ellis carried No. 19/13 Oklahoma to an 11-3, six-inning victory over Louisiana Tech on March 4. It was the first multi-home run game for Ellis as she hit a three-run homer in the first and a walk-off, two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth. She finished 3-4 at the plate, with three runs scored, five RBI and a stolen base.
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
Five of OU’s six losses have come to ranked teams this year. In fact, as of 3/2 the average ranking in both polls of those ranked teams at the time of the game was 10.1, which is the most second-most difficult in the nation (min. six 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.