|No. 22/16 Oklahoma (19-8) vs. RV/RV LSU (19-10)|
||Saturday, 2 p.m. | Sunday, 12 p.m.|
|Location||Norman, Okla. | Marita Hynes Stadium|
|TV||Fox Sports Southwest+/Fox College Sports|
|Game Info||Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter|
Oklahoma welcomes perennial SEC title-contender LSU to Norman for a two-game series on Saturday and Sunday. The games will be shown live on Fox Sports Southwest Plus and Fox College Sports with Bruce Haertl and former Sooner Jessica Shults on the call.
As part of the “Patriot of the Game” program, Oklahoma will recognize Colonel Andrew Preston prior to Saturday’s contest. After the National Anthem, a short video will be shown of Preston and his accomplishments. He will then be presented with a jersey before throwing out the first pitch. A native of Edmond, Okla., Preston is the commander of the 214th Fires Brigade. His awards and decorations include three awards of the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four awards of the Meritroious Service Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
In addition, military members who present a valid ID can purchase tickets to Saturday's game for $4.
Oklahoma and LSU have met 13 teams previously, with OU owning a slight 7-6 advantage in a series that dates back to 1980. OU has won three games in a row against the Tigers, including a pair of shutout wins in the 2012 season.
On March 2, 2012 in Norman, Keilani Ricketts threw a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts and hit a solo homer as OU snapped a two-game losing streak to LSU with a 7-0 win. Jessica Shults was 3-4 with a run scored, while current senior Brittany Williams went 2-3 with four RBI, including a three-run homer in the sixth.
A day later in Oklahoma City, OU posted a 5-0 victory to complete the two-game sweep. Ricketts was at it again, limiting the Tigers to three hits with 10 strikeouts. Williams led the OU offense by going 2-3 at the plate, while fellow senior Javen Henson drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning. Junior Lauren Chamberlain also had an RBI double.
COMPARING THE PROGRAMS
Comparing program notes between Oklahoma and LSU:
|Postseason Record||79-38 (.675)||46-31 (.597)|
|All-Time Record||1503-740-2 (.670)||844-273-1 (.755)|
|Conference Record||243-79 (.755, Big 12)||346-137-1 (.716, SEC)|
A quick look at which Sooners have been enjoying recent success:
FACING THE CREAM OF THE CROP
Oklahoma has played in 10 games against ranked opponents this season, tying with three other teams for the second-most in the nation (games through 3/19).
|Team||Games||Vs. Top-25||Avg. Opponent Rank||Record|
RUN-RULE STREAK STANDS AT 79
Oklahoma has not suffered a run-rule loss since losing to Texas 15-6 in five innings on March 28, 2009. In that time span, OU has rattled off 79 consecutive run-rule wins. Most recently, the Sooners defeated Bradley, 8-0, in six innings on Tuesday night.
|Run-Rule Wins vs. Ranked Teams||13|
|Highest-Ranked Team Run-Ruled||No. 2 Arizona; 11-1, 5 (2/12/11)|
|Most Run-Rule Wins vs. One Team||Iowa State (5)|
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Below is a list of all OU’s top-20 rankings in the latest NCAA Statistics (Games through 3/16).
|On-Base Percentage||Lauren Chamberlain||.567||14th|
ELLIS, STEVENS EARN BIG 12 WEEKLY HONORS
For the first time in their respective careers, sophomores Whitney Ellis and Kelsey Stevens received weekly honors from the Big 12. Ellis was named the co-Big 12 Player of the Week, while Stevens was chosen as the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after leading the Sooners to a 4-0 mark last week.
Ellis was a team-best 9-13 (.692) with three home runs, 12 RBI, five runs scored and two stolen bases. She got on-base at a .714 clip and slugged 1.462. Ellis led the Sooner in average (.692), hits (9), doubles (1), RBI (12), OBP (.714) and stolen bases (2).
Stevens won all three of her starts for the Sooners in complete-game efforts, striking out 27 batters in 19.0 innings of work.
STEVENS, CHAMBERLAIN GUIDE OU PAST NO. 20 TULSA
Kelsey Stevens established a season high with 11 strikeouts as OU beat No. 20 Tulsa, 1-0, on March 9. She allowed just two walks and gave up two hits in 23 at-bats (.087) to limit a Golden Hurricane squad that came in with a .336 team batting average.
Stevens outdueled two-time All-American Aimee Creger, who had 11 strikeouts, too. Creger made one mistake though, a solo home run hit by Lauren Chamberlain in the sixth.
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|
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.