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Sooners Host Non-Conference Midweek Games
April 22, 2014
 No. 17/12 Oklahoma (34-10, 11-2 Big 12) Hosts Midweek Games
 vs. Central Arkansas
 OU 8, UCA 0 (5) | Recap
 vs. North Texas  Wednesday, 6 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Marita Hynes Field
 TV  FSSW (Tues.) | FCSC (Wed.)
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com
 Live Audio  SoonerSports.tv ($)
 Game Info  Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter

Oklahoma steps out of conference play for a pair of midweek games against Central Arkansas (20-29, 9-11 Southland) on Tuesday and North Texas (28-15, 12-5) on Wednesday. Tuesday night features 50 cent hot dogs and coke, while Wednesday will have the first pitch thrown out by members of the national champion women’s gymnastics team.

SERIES HISTORY
Oklahoma has never lost to either team, sporting a 6-0 mark vs. Central Arkansas and 24-0 record against North Texas. The 24-0 record against the Mean Green is the best for OU against any opponent in program history that it is undefeated against, while the mark against the Bears ranks in the top five:

 Opponent  Record
 North Texas  24-0
 Stephen F. Austin  12-0
 Kent State  7-0
 North Carolina  7-0
 Central Arkansas  6-0
 Drake  6-0
 Northwestern State  6-0
 Ohio State  6-0

In addition, the 24-game winning streak is the second-longest active streak for Oklahoma against a Division-I opponent:

 Opponent  Streak  Series Record  Last Loss
 Wichita State  30  43-7  3/21/90
 North Texas  24  24-0  N/A
 Iowa State  21  68-28  4/22/06
 Creighton  15  16-11  3/8/91
 Stephen F. Austin  12  12-0  N/A

Oklahoma and Central Arkansas have not met since 2009. OU and UNT met last year in Denton on April 23 in a game that was originally to be played in Norman on April 10, but it was rained out. Oklahoma won its final non-conference game of the season with a 12-1, six-inning win. Junior Shelby Pendley was 2-4 in the game with two runs scored and four RBI,
including a three-run home run.

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  4  12  5  6  2  2  1  1  2  0  .500/.538/.917
 Ellis  14  39  10  10  11  2  2  3  5  2  .385/.455/.641
 Martinez  5  14  2  6  1  0  0  0  1  1  .429/.429/.429
 Self  15  42  17  22  17  4  5  9  2  2  .529/.608/.976
 Williams  11  32  8  12  8  2  2  3  4  0  .375/.429/.625

HOME, SWEET HOME
The Sooners have won 30 of their past 32 home games. After a 16-game winning streak ended on March 1 to Nebraska, the team immedialy started a 14-game win streak to record the fifth and seventh longest home winning streaks in school history, respectively.

 Home Win Streak  Dates
 45  4/14/00-3/29/02
 30  3/13/04-4/6/05
 25  4/19/06-3/31/07
 18  3/21/08-3/4/09
 16  3/23/13-3/1/14
 15  4/6/96-4/12/97
 14  3/4/14-4/17/14

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 15 games easily trump her entire career prior.

 Stat  First 45 Games of Career  Past 15 Games
 AVG/OBP/SLG  .150/.261/.300  .524/.608/.976
 Hits/AB  3/20  22/42
 Runs  13  17
 2B/3B/HR  0/0/1  4/0/5
 RBI  2  17
 Total Bases  6  41
 Walks/Strikeouts  3/6  9/2

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Below is a list of all OU’s top-30 rankings in the latest NCAA Statistics (Games through 4/20).

 Stat  Player/Team  Total  Rank
 Fielding Percentage  Team  .980  4th
 Runs/Game  Team  7.00  5th
 Double Plays/Game  Team  0.50  8th
 Home Runs/Game  Team  1.30  8th
 Slugging Percentage  Team  .532  10th
 Winning Percentage  Team  .773  19th
 On-Base Percentage  Shelby Pendley  .537  17th
 Saves  Shelby Pendley  3  19th
 Slugging Percentage  Shelby Pendley  .808  19th
 Home Runs  Shelby Pendley  12  30th
 Wins  Kelsey Stevens  23  2nd
 Shutouts  Kelsey Stevens  6  29th

CHAMBERLAIN, PENDLEY MEMBERS OF 50-HR CLUB
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley are two of six active student-athletes, and the only juniors, with 50 or more career home runs (through 4/20).

 Player  School  Fr.  So.  Jr.  Sr.  Total
 Jennifer Gilbert  Ball State  15  18  23  17  73
 Lauren Chamberlain  Oklahoma  30  30  6  N/A  66
 Kaila Hunt  Alabama  10  21  15  11  57
 Haley Outon  Houston  5  22  16  12  55
 Shelby Pendley  Oklahoma  19  22  11  N/A  53
 Taylor Edwards  Nebraska  18  5  13  15  51

DYANMIC DUO
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley have more combined career HR than any other duo in the nation (through 4/20).

 Player (Total)  Player (Total)  Team  Total
 Lauren Chamberlain (66)  Shelby Pendley (53)  Oklahoma  119
 Jennifer Gilbert (73)  Taylor Rager (33)  Ball State  106
 Kaila Hunt (57)  Jackie Traina (36)  Alabama  93
 Taylor Edwards (51)  Tatum Edwards (42)  Nebraska  93
 Patrice Jackson (42)  Lorena Bauer (41)  San Diego State  83

RUN-RULE STREAK STOPPED AT 85
Prior to a 9-0, six-inning loss Friday to Texas, OU had not suffered a run-rule loss since losing to the Longhorns 15-6 in five innings on March 28, 2009. In that time span, OU rattled off 85 consecutive run-rule wins of their own.

 Category  Stat
 Run-Rule Wins  85
 5-Inning Wins  65
 6-Inning Wins  20
 Shutout Wins  44
 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)

OU WINS ANOTHER BATTLE FOR FIRST PLACE
For three straight weekends, the first-place Sooners took on the team right behind them in the Big 12 standings. In nine such contests, Oklahoma went 7-2, putting the Sooners 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. April 11-13, OU was 7-0 when it visited Baylor, which was 3-1. The Sooners then took two of three games from the Bears. This past weekend, the 9-1 Sooners welcomed in 6-1 Texas and proceeded to take two of three games.

SERIES WIN OVER TEXAS PUTS OU IN BIG 12 LEAD
Oklahoma controls its own destiny for the Big 12 title after winning the series against Texas last weekend. A pair of home runs in the fifth inning of the opener by Georgia Casey and Brittany Williams aided Kelsey Stevens’ three-hitter in OU’s 4-1 victory. Texas battled back with a 9-0, six-inning win in game two, handing the Sooners their first run-rule loss since March 28, 2009. In the rubber match, a four-run first and four-run third were the difference in an 8-0, five-inning win.

BEST BIG 12 STARTS
Prior to its loss at Baylor on April 13, OU was 9-0 in Big 12 play, tying for the best start to conference play in program history.

 Year  Start  Finish  Place  Postseason
 2014  9-0  N/A  N/A  N/A
 2002  9-0  14-2  2nd  NCAA Super Regional
 2000  9-0  17-1  1st  NCAA Champions
 2013  8-0  16-2  2nd  NCAA Super Regional
 2013  7-0  15-2  1st  NCAA Champions

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.

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