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Early Big 12 Test Awaits as Kansas Visits
April 03, 2014
 No. 22/15 Oklahoma (25-8, 4-0 Big 12) vs. Kansas (28-10, 3-0 Big 12)
 Friday (TV)
 6 p.m. (Fox Sports Southwest)
 Saturday (TV)  2 p.m. (Fox Sports Oklahoma)
 Sunday (TV)  12 p.m. (Fox College Sports)
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Marita Hynes Stadium
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com
 Live Audio  KREF 1400 | SoonerSports.tv ($)
 Game Info  Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter

First place in the Big 12 is on the line this weekend as No. 22/15 Oklahoma (25-8, 4-0) hosts Kansas (28-10, 3-0) in a three-game series. Both teams, along with Texas (21-15, 1-0), are unbeaten in conference play. The Sooners are on a season-best seven game winning streak. In each of those games OU has allowed two runs or fewer, outscoring opponents 50-5.

PROMOTIONS
Friday - Junior spirit performance pre-game and after the first inning; post-game fireworks

Saturday - First 100 students get a free t-shirt and popcorn; tweet your best in-game photos to win prizes

Sunday - First 300 fans receive an Oklahoma Softball tumbler

SERIES HISTORY
Oklahoma has a 53-42 all-time advantage over Kansas. In Norman, OU’s record stands at 28-13 in the series, and the team is currently on a 20-game home winning streak vs. KU dating back to April 13, 1997.

The Sooners’ 53 wins are the third most against any school in program history.

 Opponent  Wins  Losses  Win. Pct.
 Oklahoma State  77  70  .523
 Iowa State  68  28  .708
 Kansas  53  42  .558
 Missouri  51  41  .554
 Baylor  46  10  .821

In addition, the 95 combined matchups are also the third most for OU against another opponent.

 Opponent  Total Games  Win-Loss Record  Win Pct.
 Oklahoma State  147  77-70  .523
 Iowa State  96  68-28  .708
 Kansas  95  53-42  .558
 Missouri  92  51-41  .554
 Nebraska  85  41-44  .482

The teams split a two-game series last year in Lawrence, as rain eliminated one game from the weekend set. The loss in the finale snapped an eight-game OU winning streak in the series.

In a 4-2 win, Keilani Ricketts struck out 17 batters, while Georgia Casey drove in two runs. In the second game of the doubleheader, OU suffered its second shutout of the season in a 2-0 loss. Nine runners left on base hurt the Sooners, including two runners left on base in both the second and fourth innings.

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  8  20  5  11  8  2  1  9  0  1  .550/.667/.900
 Ellis  3  10  3  6  4  1  0  0  1  0  .600/.600/.700
 Hatfield  2  6  4  5  6  1  1  1  0  0  .833/.875/1.500
 Pendley  17  54  21  23  23  5  8  14  10  4  .426/.544/.963
 Self  4  12  8  8  7  1  3  3  0  0  .667/.733/1.500
 Vest  4  8  1  5  3  0  0  0  1  1  .625/.667/.625

Pitchers

 Player  APP  IP  H  R  ER  BB  K  HR  ERA
 Pendley  6  9.2  3  0  0  5  5  0  0.00
 Stevens  7  26.0  24  3  2  11  26  2  0.54

SOONERS TAKE BEDLAM PITCHERS’ DUEL, 2-0
Kelsey Stevens fired a six-hit shutout as Oklahoma took the opening game of the Bedlam Series against Oklahoma State, 2-0, on Wednesday night. Stevens allowed just six hits and two walks while striking out eight. Between the fourth and seventh innings, she retired 10 straight batters. Erin Miller had an RBI single, while Shelby Pendley connected on a solo home run for some added insurance.

SELF NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For the first time in her career, sophomore Kady Self has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week. Self was nearly unstoppable in OU’s three-game sweep at Iowa State. She reached safely in her first nine plate appearances of the weekend, going 7-7 with three home runs, a double and two walks before flying out to center field in the second inning of Sunday’s contest.

For the weekend, Self led the Sooners in runs (7), hits (7), home runs (3), total bases (17) and slugging (1.889).

In Friday’s opener, Self finished 3-3 with a pair of home runs, three runs scored and five runs batted in to establish career highs in each category. Self followed that performance Saturday by going 3-3 with three runs scored, two runs batted in, a home run and a walk. Sunday, she picked up another double and a walk as Oklahoma extended its winning streak over the Cyclones to 21 games.

Oklahoma has now won four weekly conference honors as Whitney Ellis (player) and Kelsey Stevens (pitcher) earned the awards on March 11, while Destinee Martinez was recognized as the Big 12 Player of the Week on Feb. 25.

FACING THE CREAM OF THE CROP
Oklahoma has played in 13 games against teams currently ranked in the top 25 of the RPI rankings, tying with Missouri for the third most in the nation (games through 3/30, # - RPI).

 Team  RPI  Games vs. Top-25  Record vs. Top-25  Overall Record
 Nebraska  7  16  7-9  23-11
 LSU  25  16  4-12  19-15
 Oklahoma  23  13  6-7  24-8
 Missouri  8  13  5-8  25-9

In addition, OU’s six wins over the RPI top-25 are tied for third most with Alabama and Florida and trail only UCLA (9) and Nebraska (7).

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Below is a list of all OU’s top-25 rankings in the latest NCAA Statistics (Games through 3/30).

 Stat  Player/Team  Total  Rank
 Runs/Game  Team  7.69  3rd
 Home Runs/Game  Team  1.38  5th
 Double Plays/Game  Team  0.59  5th
 Fielding Percentage  Team  .978  8th
 Slugging Percentage  Team  .538  10th
 Winning Percentage  Team  .750  22nd
 RBI/Game  Shelby Pendley  1.25  11th
 Doubles/Game  Shelby Pendley  0.41  17th
 Slugging Percentage  Shelby Pendley  .835  18th
 Runs/Game  Shelby Pendley  1.13  20th
 Wins  Kelsey Stevens  16  13th

RUN-RULE STREAK STANDS AT 82
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 82 consecutive run-rule wins. Most recently, the Sooners defeated Iowa State, 11-0, in five innings on March 30.

 Category  Stat
 Run-Rule Wins  82
 5-Inning Wins  62
 6-Inning Wins  20
 Shutout Wins  42
 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 (8)

PENDLEY’S HIT STREAK AT CAREER-BEST 13 GAMES
Shelby Pendley saw her career-best 14-game hitting streak end after going 0-4 at Iowa State on March 29. The streak dated back to a 4-4 performance in game two of a doubleheader against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Feb. 28.

During the streak, Pendley hit .477 with 21 hits in 44 at-bats. In addition she’s slugged 1.045 with a .589 on-base percentage. Pendley had seven home runs, four doubles, 21 RBI and 17 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
Juniors Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley are two of five active student-athletes with 50 or more career home runs (through 4/2).

 Player  School  Fr.  So.  Jr.  Sr.  Total
 Jennifer Gilbert  Ball State  15  18  23  11  67
 Lauren Chamberlain  Oklahoma  30  30  6  N/A  66
 Kaila Hunt  Alabama  10  21  15  9  55
 Shelby Pendley  Oklahoma  19  22  11  N/A  52
 Haley Outon  Houston  5  22  16  7  50

DYANMIC DUO
Juniors Shelby Pendley and Lauren Chamberlain have combined to hit more career HR than any other duo in the nation (through 3/30).

 Player (Total)  Player (Total)  Team  Total
 Lauren Chamberlain (66)  Shelby Pendley (52)  Oklahoma  118
 Jennifer Gilbert (67)  Taylor Rager (32)  Ball State  99
 Kaila Hunt (55)  Jackie Traina (36)  Alabama  91
 Patrice Jackson (42)  Lorena Bauer (41)  San Diego State  83
 Taylor Edwards (46)  Tatum Edwards (37)  Nebraska  83

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 (10 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
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