|No. 19/13 Oklahoma (28-8, 7-0 Big 12) vs. Wichita State (22-15, 9-3 Missouri Valley)|
|Time||Doubleheader at 4 p.m.|
|Location||Norman, Okla. | Marita Hynes Stadium|
|Television||Game 1: FSSW+ | Game 2: Fox College Sports|
|Live Audio||KREF 1400 | SoonerSports.tv ($)|
|Game Info||Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter|
Oklahoma closes out a six-game homestand with a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday against Wichita State. The Sooners are on a season-best 10-game winning streak in which they are outscoring opponents, 75-8. Under head coach Patty Gasso, OU has 26 winning streaks of at least 10 games.
Oklahoma has a 41-7 all-time advantage over Wichita State. In
Norman, OU’s record stands at 21-3 in the series, and the team is currently on a 16-game home winning streak vs. WSU dating back to Feb. 19, 1998.
The Sooners are currently on a 28-game winning streak over the Shockers, OU’s longest active run against another team. Oklahoma has held Wichita State to two runs or fewer in all 28 of those contests.
|Opponent||Streak||Series Record||Last Loss|
|Stephen F. Austin||12||12-0||N/A|
Among opponents it’s faced at least 25 times in history, OU’s winning percentage of .854 against WSU is the highest.
|Opponent||Win Pct.||Series Record||Win Streak|
Oklahoma took both games of a doubleheader in Wichita last year. A 7-1 win in game one was No. 900 for head coach at Patty Gasso. Callie Parsons and Lauren Chamberlain each had two RBI in the win. In game two, Jessica Vest was the hero as she homered twice and drove in seven runs as OU won, 16-1, in five innings. As a team, the Sooners hit five home runs, including the first home runs in the careers of Whitney Ellis and Leslie Miller.
A quick look at which Sooners have been enjoying recent success:
BEST BIG 12 STARTS
Sitting at 7-0 in Big 12 play, Oklahoma is off to one its best conference starts in program history.
|2002||9-0||14-2||2nd||NCAA Super Regional|
SELF ON A TEAR TO START BIG 12 PLAY
Sophomore Kady Self has been one of the hottest hitters in the country in recent weeks. Self’s numbers in her past seven games easily trump her entire career prior.
|Stat||First 45 Games of Career||Past 7 Games|
RUN-RULE STREAK STANDS AT 84
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 84 consecutive run-rule wins. Most recently, the Sooners defeated Kansas, 8-0, in five innings on April 5.
|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)|
SWEEP OF KANSAS PUTS OU IN CONTROL OF BIG 12
Thanks to a sweep of Kansas, coupled with a loss by Texas, Oklahoma has taken early control of the Big 12 race. In game one against the Jayhawks OU scored in every inning en route to a 9-0, five-inning win. Kady Self hit a two-run homer and added a two-run single as she finished 3-3 with two runs.
OU then took both games of a doubleheader Saturday. Home runs by Shelby Pendley, Javen Henson and Self all came in the first two innings of game one as Oklahoma won, 8-3. In the finale, Kelsey Stevens threw a two-hit shutout, while Georgia Casey was 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.
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|
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).
|Slugging Percentage||Shelby Pendley||.835||18th|
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).
|Jennifer Gilbert||Ball State||15||18||23||11||67|
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|