|No. 15/12 Oklahoma (39-10, 11-2 Big 12) at Arkansas (27-24, 5-16 SEC)|
|Location||Fayetteville, Ark. | Bogle Park|
|Live Audio||SoonerSports.tv ($)|
|Game Info||Game Notes | Twitter|
Oklahoma plays its final non-conference game of the regular season with a road contest at Arkansas April 30. The game, which can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest Plus, was originally to be played on April 5 but was postponed due to weather.
Wednesday will mark the 21st meeting between Oklahoma and Arkansas. OU is 18-2 all-time against the Razorbacks, including a 6-1 mark in Fayetteville.
Among teams it has faced at least 20 times in history, OU’s winning percentage versus Arkansas is its second best all-time.
|Opponent||Win Pct.||Series Record|
|New Mexico State||.857||18-3|
The two teams met a year ago in the NCAA Regional played in Norman, with OU winning both games en route to the national championship. In the first meeting, OU led 6-5 going to the bottom of the sixth but scored four runs with two outs to get to the final margin of 10-5. Lauren Chamberlain hit a three-run double and a two-run single to finish the day 2-3 with two runs scored and five RBI.
In the Regional championship, OU took advantage of four Arkansas errors to score nine unearned runs in a 14-1, five-inning victory. All five runs scored in the third inning came after an error with two outs. Oklahoma then scored six more runs in the fourth to put the game away.
A quick look at which Sooners have been enjoying recent success:
OU AMONG THE HOTTEST TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
Since being swept in a doubleheader at Louisiana-Lafayette on March 15, the Sooners have won 21 of their past 23 games. OU’s winning percentage of .913 in games played after March 15 is tied for the fifth best in the country.
CHAMBERLAIN RETURNS FROM BACK INJURY
Lauren Chamberlain returned against UAB on April 26 after missing 23 games (OU went 19-4 without her) due to a back injury suffered March 13. Despite the absence, she picked up right where she left by hitting a two-run double in her first at-bat. She finished the weekend by going 2-5 with four runs scored, two RBI, six walks and two stolen bases. She initially returned as the DP, but needed just two games to get back to her spot at first base.
Chamberlain is playing at a very high level after a slow start.
|Stat||First 14 Games of 2014||Last 12 Games|
SELF ON A TEAR
Sophomore Kady Self has been one of the hottest hitters in the country in recent weeks. Self’s numbers in her past 20 games easily trump her entire career prior.
|Stat||First 45 Games of Career||Past 20 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 4/27).
|Jennifer Gilbert||Ball State||15||18||23||18||74|
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley have more combined career HR than any other duo in the nation (through 4/27).
|Player (Total)||Player (Total)||Team||Total|
|Lauren Chamberlain (66)||Shelby Pendley (54)||Oklahoma||120|
|Jennifer Gilbert (74)||Taylor Rager (34)||Ball State||108|
|Taylor Edwards (51)||Tatum Edwards (42)||Nebraska||94|
|Kaila Hunt (57)||Jackie Traina (36)||Alabama||93|
|Patrice Jackson (44)||Lorena Bauer (41)||San Diego State||85|
|Nicole Morgan (45)||Amber Garza (40)||Texas A&M||85|
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 4/27).
|Team||RPI||Avg. RPI Loss||Record|
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Below is a list of all OU’s top-25 rankings in the latest NCAA Statistics (Games through 4/27).
|Slugging Percentage||Shelby Pendley||.807||24th|
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|
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.
SWEEP OF UAB BOOSTS RPI RANKING
Stepping out of conference play, OU swept a three-game series from UAB, which entered with the No. 33 RPI in the country.
The opening 11-3, five-inning win was highlighted by the return of Lauren Chamberlain, who missed the previous 23 games with a back injury. She was 2-2 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored. In game two of a doubleheader, Shelby Pendley tied a school record with two triples and drove in five runs in an 8-4 victory. It was the ninth time in program history someone had two triples in a game. A four-run second inning erased an early deficit, and Brittany Williams delivered the go-ahead single in the fourth to help give OU a 6-4 win and complete the sweep.
SOONERS TAKE MIDWEEK NON-CONFERENCE GAMES
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.