|No. 16/12 Oklahoma (33-9, 10-1) vs. NR/RV Texas (26-17, 6-2)|
| Thursday (TV)
||Homers Aid Stevens in 4-1 Win over Texas|
|Friday (TV)||6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Oklahoma)|
|Saturday (TV)||6:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Regional)|
|Location||Norman, Okla. | Marita Hynes Stadium|
|Live Audio||KREF 1400 (Thurs./Sat.) | SoonerSports.tv ($)|
|Game Info||(Fri./Sat. Sold Out) | Game Notes | Twitter|
Oklahoma welcomes Texas to town for a three-game series beginning Thursday night with an 8 p.m. contest on ESPN2 featuring Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza on the call.
Tickets have sold out for the remainder of the softball series. A limited number of seats may go on sale after first pitch of both Friday and Saturday's games, which start at 6:30 p..m., but that is dependent upon the no-show factor of those already with tickets.
The first 200 fans at Friday's game will receive a free t-shirt, while a fireworks display will follow the game. In addition, the ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by OU women's basketball coach Sherri Coale.
Saturday is Javen Henson Senior Day. The first 250 fans in attendance will receive a poster of Henson. Also, men's basketball coach Lon Kruger will throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch.
ENTERING THE SERIES
BATTLING FOR FIRST PLACE AGAIN
For the third weekend in a row, the first-place Sooners take on the team right behind them in the Big 12 standings. In six such contests, Oklahoma is 5-1, putting them in position to win an unprecedented third staight Big 12 title. No team has won three consecutive league champsionships, and back-to-back crowns have only happened three times (Oklahoma in ‘99-00, Texas in ‘02-03 and Oklahoma in ‘12-13).
On April 4-6, the 4-0 Sooners swept a three-game series, including a pair of run-rule wins, against a Kansas team that entered 3-0. Last weekend, OU was 7-0 when it visited Baylor, which was 3-1. The Sooners took two of three games from the Bears. This weekend, the 9-1 Sooners welcome in 6-1 Texas.
Oklahoma has a 26-23 all-time edge over Texas. In Norman, OU’s record stands at 11-7 in the series, and the team is currently on a two-game winning streak against the Longhorns. The Sooners won three of four games last year against Texas, including a win in the Women’s College World Series.
In Austin, OU took control of the Big 12 race by winning two of three games. In the opener, OU’s 7-9 hitters of Destinee Martinez, Callie Parsons and Brianna Turang were 7-9 with 4 RBI to lead OU to a 6-1 victory. Texas came back to win game two, 4-2, but the Sooners salvaged the series with a 5-3 win in game three. Texas loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but Michelle Gascoigne got two outs against the top of the order to get the win.
The teams met again in June in the Women’s College World Series, and the Sooners won 10-2 in five innings. Martinez and Parsons each went 2-3 and Turang scored on a four-base error.
A quick look at which Sooners have been enjoying recent success:
BEST BIG 12 STARTS
Prior to its loss at Baylor on Sunday, OU was 9-0 in Big 12 play, tying for the best start to conference play in program history.
|2002||9-0||14-2||2nd||NCAA Super Regional|
|2013||8-0||16-2||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 12 games easily trump her entire career prior.
|Stat||First 45 Games of Career||Past 12 Games|
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Below is a list of all OU’s top-30 rankings in the latest NCAA Statistics (Games through 4/13).
|Slugging Percentage||Shelby Pendley||.824||15th|
|Home Runs||Shelby Pendley||12||24th|
|On-Base Percentage||Shelby Pendley||.529||26th|
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 4/13).
|Jennifer Gilbert||Ball State||15||18||23||15||71|
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley have more combined career HR than any other duo in the nation (through 4/13).
|Player (Total)||Player (Total)||Team||Total|
|Lauren Chamberlain (66)||Shelby Pendley (53)||Oklahoma||119|
|Jennifer Gilbert (71)||Taylor Rager (33)||Ball State||104|
|Kaila Hunt (56)||Jackie Traina (36)||Alabama||92|
|Taylor Edwards (49)||Tatum Edwards (41)||Nebraska||90|
|Patrice Jackson (42)||Lorena Bauer (41)||San Diego State||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 Wichita State, 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)|
OU TAKES TWO OF THREE AT BAYLOR
Oklahoma took two of three at Baylor to maintain control of the Big 12 title race. A two-run homer from Leslie Miller and RBI triple by Georgia Casey in the fifth gave OU a 3-2 win in the opener. Game two saw Kelsey Stevens fire a one-hitter and Kady Self and Shelby Pendley delivered RBI singles to give the Sooners a 2-0 win. Baylor salvaged one game in the series, winning the finale 8-6 to end OU’s 14-game win streak.
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.