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Sooners Open Big 12 Play at Iowa State
March 27, 2014
 No. 22/16 Oklahoma (21-8, 0-0 Big 12) at Iowa State (17-11, 0-0 Big 12)
 Date/Time
 Friday, 4 p.m. | Saturday, 12 p.m. | Sunday, 12 p.m.
 Location  Ames, Iowa | Cyclone Sports Complex
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com
 Video  SoonerSports.tv ($)
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 Game Info  Free Admission | Game Notes | Twitter

After 29 non-conference games to start the season, two-time defending conference champion Oklahoma opens Big 12 play with a three-game series at Iowa State.

The Sooners are 13-5 all-time in Big 12 openers, including wins in each of the last two league openers.

SERIES HISTORY
Oklahoma has a 65-28 all-time advantage over Iowa State, including a 28-8 mark in Ames. The Sooners’ 65 wins are the second-most against another school in program history.

 Opponent  Wins  Losses  Win. Pct.
 Oklahoma State  76  70  .521
 Iowa State  65  28  .699
 Kansas  53  42  .558
 Missouri  51  41  .554
 Baylor  46  10  .821

In addition, OU is on an 18-game winning streak in the series, which is its third-longest active streak against a D-I opponent:

 Opponent  Streak  Series Record  Last Loss
 Wichita State  28  41-7  3/21/90
 North Texas  24  24-0  N/A
 Iowa State  18  65-28  4/22/06
 Creighton  15  16-11  3/8/91
 Stephen F. Austin  12  12-0  N/A

The Sooners won all three games vs. the Cylcones last year by a combined score of 44-1 and won all three in five innings.

The opener saw OU post a then-school record for runs in a 24-1 win. The Sooners hit three home runs, including a pair of grand slams. Oklahoma scored 11 runs in the first inning and then 12 more in the second inning. In game two, junior Shelby Pendley was 3-4 with a three-run HR, two-run double and an RBI single as OU won 8-0. In the finale, Keilani Ricketts threw a no-hitter and a seven-run first inning carried OU to a 12-0 triumph.

CHAMBERLAIN SIDELINED WITH BACK INJURY
A back injury, which occurred on March 13, has sidelined Lauren Chamberlain. According to the OU medical staff, the injury typically takes six weeks for recovery.

Chamberlain has not played since the Tulsa contest on March 9 (six games) after after she had not missed a start in the first 148 contests of her OU career. Prior to her injury, Chamberlain was on a hot streak after a slow start to the 2014 season.

 Stat  First 14 Games  Next 9 Games
 AVG/OBP/SLG  .171/.442/.257  .545/.737/1.455
 Hits/AB  6/35  12/22
 Runs  13  18
 2B/3B/HR  0/0/1  3/1/5
 RBI  6  10
 Total Bases  9  32
 Walks/Strikeouts  16/9  16/2

HOT STREAKS
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  10  29  10  13  4  3  1  7  5  3  .448/.568/.655
 Ellis  10  31  7  12  17  2  4  3  6  2  .387/.457/.839
 Pendley  13  40  16  20  18  4  6  12  9  4  .500/.615/1.050
 Williams  4  10  3  5  2  1  0  3  1  0  .500/.615/.600

FACING THE CREAM OF THE CROP
Oklahoma has played in 13 games against teams ranked in the top 25 of the initial RPI rankings, tying with Nebraska and LSU for the most in the nation (games through 3/23).

 Team  RPI  Games vs. Top-25  Record vs. Top-25  Overall Record
 Oklahoma  23  13  6-7  21-8
 Nebraska  9  13  5-8  20-10
 LSU  24  13  4-9  19-12
 South Carolina  41  12  3-9  11-16
 Oregon State  56  11  2-9  11-16
 Illinois State  54  11  0-11  10-18

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.

 Category  Stat
 Run-Rule Wins  79
 5-Inning Wins  59
 6-Inning Wins  20
 Shutout Wins  40
 Postseason Wins  8
 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 3/23).

 Stat  Player/Team  Total  Rank
 Runs/Game  Team  7.28  5th
 Home Runs/Game  Team  1.31  6th
 Fielding Pct.  Team  .979  8th
 Double Plays/Game  Team  0.52  11th
 Slugging Percentage  Team  .515  13th
 Walks/Game  Lauren Chamberlain  1.39  1st
 Runs/Game  Lauren Chamberlain  1.35  5th
 On-Base Percentage  Lauren Chamberlain  .567  10th
 Slugging Percentage  Shelby Pendley  .870  12th
 RBI/Game  Shelby Pendley  1.24  14th
 Doubles/Game  Shelby Pendley  0.41  15th
 Runs/Game  Shelby Pendley  1.10  21st
 Wins  Kelsey Stevens  14  14th

PENDLEY’S HIT STREAK AT CAREER-BEST 13 GAMES
Junior Shelby Pendley is the owner of a career-best 13-game hitting streak. The streak dates back to a 4-4 performance in game two of a doubleheader against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Feb. 28.

During the streak, Pendley has hit .500 with 20 hits in 40 at-bats. In addition she’s slugging 1.050 with a .615 on-base percentage. Pendley has six home runs, four doubles, 18 RBI and 16 runs scored during her run, which is the longest by an OU player this season and the longest since Lauren Chamberlain’s 17-game hitting streak from April 28, 2013 to Feb. 7, 2014.

PENDLEY JOINS 50-HR CLUB
With a solo home run against LSU on March 22, junior Shelby Pendley became the fourth active player in Division I, and one of two juniors along with teammate Lauren Chamberlain, to hit 50 career home runs (through 3/23).

 Player  School  Fr.  So.  Jr.  Sr.  Total
 Lauren Chamberlain  Oklahoma  30  30  6  N/A  66
 Jennifer Gilbert  Ball State  15  18  23  10  66
 Kaila Hunt  Alabama  10  21  15  8  54
 Shelby Pendley  Oklahoma  19  22  9  N/A  50

DYANMIC DUO
Juniors Shelby Pendley and Lauren Chamberlain have combined to hit more career HR than any other duo in the nation (through 3/23).

 Player (Total)  Player (Total)  Team  Total
 Lauren Chamberlain (66)  Shelby Pendley (50)  Oklahoma  116
 Jennifer Gilbert (66)  Taylor Rager (32)  Ball State  98
 Kaila Hunt (54)  Jackie Traina (36)  Alabama  90
 Patrice Jackson (42)  Lorena Bauer (41)  San Diego State  83
 Taylor Edwards (45)  Tatum Edwards (35)  Nebraska  80
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