|No. 17/12 Oklahoma (36-10, 11-2 Big 12) vs. UAB (29-20, 13-7 C-USA)|
||2 p.m. | 4 p.m.|
|Location||Norman, Okla. | Marita Hynes Field|
|TV||FSOK (Sat.) | FSSW (Sun.)|
|Live Audio||SoonerSports.tv ($)|
|Game Info||Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter|
Oklahoma wraps its eight-game homestand this weekend with a series against UAB. It starts with a doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m. and wraps with a noon game Sunday.
The homestand ties as the longest of the season for OU, equaling a home stretch the team had from Feb. 28 to March 9. The Sooners were 7-1 on the latter and are currently 4-1 on the ongoing homestand.
Oklahoma and UAB have met four times prior to this weekend. OU is 3-1 all-time against the Blazers, though the series is tied 1-1 in Norman. UAB enters unranked, but it is No. 33 in the RPI.
Most recently, the teams met at the Paradise Classic in Honolulu in the opening weekend of the 2009 season. The Sooners took both of those games, winning by a combined score of 31-1 in a pair of run-rule wins.
A quick look at which Sooners have been enjoying recent success:
HOME, SWEET HOME
The Sooners have won 32 of their past 34 home games. Included in the run is a 16-game winning streak from March 23, 2013 to March 1, 2014, and a 14-game win streak from March 4 to April 17. Those are the fifth and seventh longest home winning streaks in school history, respectively.
|Home Win Streak||Dates|
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 17 games easily trump her entire career prior.
|Stat||First 45 Games of Career||Past 17 Games|
CHAMBERLAIN, PENDLEY MEMBERS OF 50-HR CLUB
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley are two of seven active student-athletes, and the only juniors, with 50 or more career home runs (through 4/24).
|Jennifer Gilbert||Ball State||15||18||23||17||73|
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley have more combined career HR than any other duo in the nation (through 4/24).
|Player (Total)||Player (Total)||Team||Total|
|Lauren Chamberlain (66)||Shelby Pendley (54)||Oklahoma||120|
|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 (44)||Lorena Bauer (41)||San Diego State||85|
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).
|On-Base Percentage||Shelby Pendley||.537||17th|
|Slugging Percentage||Shelby Pendley||.808||19th|
|Home Runs||Shelby Pendley||12||30th|
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.
|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)|
FACING THE CREAM OF THE CROP
Oklahoma’s 10 losses this season have come against teams with an average RPI ranking of 17. That is tied for the fifth-best mark in the country (games through 4/20).
|Team||RPI||Avg. RPI Loss||Record|
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 TAKE MIDWEEK NON-CONFERENCE GAMES
Oklahoma picked up a pair of non-conference wins during the week, throwing a pair of shutouts in the process.
A six-run third inning, highlighted by a Shelby Pendley grand slam, broke open a scoreless game as Oklahoma cruised to a 8-0, five-inning victory over Central Arkansas Tuesday. Pendley also had a career-high five strikeouts to combine with starter Georgia Casey on the shutout.
Wednesday, Kelsey Stevens was three outs away from her first no-hitter at OU and finished with a one-hitter as Oklahoma shut out North Texas, 3-0. The only baserunners Stevens allowed were a walk to lead off the second inning and a single to start the seventh. In between, she retired all 15 batters she faced. Georgia Casey hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and Brittany Williams added a solo shot an inning later.
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.
|2002||9-0||14-2||2nd||NCAA Super Regional|
|2013||8-0||16-2||2nd||NCAA Super Regional|
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.