|No. 19/13 Oklahoma (30-8, 7-0) at No. 12/12 Baylor (29-7, 3-1)|
| Friday (TV)
||6:30 p.m. (FSSW+)|
|Saturday (TV)||4 p.m. (ESPN)|
|Sunday (TV)||12 p.m. (FSSW+)|
|Location||Waco, Texas | Getterman Stadium|
|Live Audio||KREF 1400 | SoonerSports.tv ($)|
|Game Info||Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter|
Oklahoma takes its season-best 12 game winning streak to Waco for a three-game series with Baylor. During their current run, which is the longest for the team since ending the 2013 season on a 13-game streak en route to the national title, the Sooners have outscored opponents, 87-9. Under head coach Patty Gasso, OU has 26 winning streaks of at least 10 games.
First place in the Big 12 is at stake this weekend. OU stands at 7-0, while Baylor is tied with Texas for second place at 3-1.
Oklahoma has a 46-10 all-time advantage over Baylor. In Waco, OU’s record stands at 19-5 in the series, and the team is currently on a three-game winning streak against the Bears.
OU’s 46 wins against Baylor are its fifth most against another program in its history.
Among opponents it’s faced at least 25 times in history, OU’s winning percentage of .821 against BU is the third highest.
|Opponent||Win Pct.||Series Record||Win Streak|
OU swept a three-game series in Norman last year. Game one’s 8-3 win was highlighted by a five-run fifth inning, including a three-run homer from Lauren Chamberlain. Trailing 3-0 after two innings, a five-run third and four-run fifth gave the Sooners a 9-3 win in game two. Brittany Williams had five RBI, including a three-run homer. A five-run sixth inning of game three helped OU complete the sweep with an 8-0 win.
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 9 Games|
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Below is a list of all OU’s top-30 rankings in the latest NCAA Statistics (Games through 4/6).
|Sacrifice Flies||Javen Henson||3||29th|
|Slugging Percentage||Shelby Pendley||.867||11th|
|Home Runs||Shelby Pendley||12||13th|
|Home Runs/Game||Shelby Pendley||0.33||16th|
|On-Base Percentage||Shelby Pendley||.533||27th|
CHAMBERLAIN, PENDLEY MEMBERS OF 50-HR CLUB
Juniors Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley are two of five active student-athletes with 50 or more career home runs (through 4/6).
|Jennifer Gilbert||Ball State||15||18||23||11||67|
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley have more combined career HR than any other duo in the nation (through 4/6).
|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|
RUN-RULE STREAK STANDS AT 85
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, 9-1, in five innings on April 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 A TOP-25 FINALIST FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Shelby Pendley has been named one of the 25 finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. The award is designed to recognize the outstanding athletic achievement by female players across the country.
SOONERS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER VS. WICHITA STATE
Oklahoma extended its winning streak against Wichita State to 30 games with a doubleheader sweep on April 8. In game one, Kelsey Stevens and Shelby Pendley combined on a shutout in a 3-0 win. In game two, Javen Henson drove in four runs as OU posted a 9-1, five-inning victory.
STEVENS WINS SECOND PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONOR
Kelsey Stevens won her second Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honor on April 9. She started and won all four of Oklahoma’s games in the previous week, throwing three shutouts in the process. She gave up just two runs in 21.0 innings for a 0.67 ERA with 21 strikeouts and seven walks.
Stevens was also named Pitcher of the Week on March 11 and the Sooners have won five conference accolades this year. That’s the most by a Big 12 team this season and Stevens is the only conference player to win multiple awards so far in 2014.
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.