|No. 15/12 Oklahoma (40-10, 11-2 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (35-16, 8-7 Big 12)|
||Friday - Recap | Saturday - Recap | Sunday, 12 p.m.|
|Location||Norman, Okla. | Marita Hynes Field|
|TV||Fri./Sat. - FSOK+/SW+ | Sun - FSSW|
|Radio/Audio||KREF 1400 | SoonerSports.tv ($)|
|Game Info||Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter|
After six straight non-conference games, Oklahoma returns to Big 12 play as Texas Tech visits Norman for a three-game series.
Tickets are still available for all three home games this weekend, and great promotions are in store for fans.
Friday: The first 400 fans receive a mini bat, and there will be post-game fireworks
Saturday: It’s the annual pink-out game. The Sooners will don their pink jerseys, and the first 500 fans will receive a pink t-shirt. In addition, it’s Senior Day and the first 250 fans will get a Destinee Martinez poster.
Sunday: It’s Kentucky Derby Day, complete with a hat-making station and pre-game inflatable horse races. In addition, the first 125 fans will get a free mini helmet and ice cream. After the game, the Sooners will be available for autographs.
Oklahoma and Texas Tech have met 47 times entering this weekend, with the Sooners owning a 40-7 advantage in the series, including an 18-4 mark in Norman. OU has won the last four meetings in the series, including a sweep in Lubbock last year, by a combined score of 32-8.
Oklahoma’s winning percentage of .851 against Texas Tech is its highest against any Big 12 team.
|Opponent||Win Pct.||Series Record|
The series in Lubbock last year began with a no-hitter from Keilani Ricketts as OU won 9-0 in six innings. Shelby Pendley was 3-4 with two home runs, while Lauren Chamberlain also went 3-4 with a homer of her own. In game two, Ricketts hit two home runs, while Chamberlain added another and Michelle Gascoigne threw a four-hit shutout in a 6-0 win. In the finale, Chamberlain collected a career-high four hits and Pendley drove home a season-high six runs as she went 3-4 with a home run in a 13-7 victory.
THE HUNT FOR THE BIG 12 TITLE
With two weekends left in the regular season, Oklahoma is in line for a third straight Big 12 title. No team has won three consecutive league championships, and back-to-back crowns have only happened three times (Oklahoma in ‘99-00, Texas in ‘02-03 and Oklahoma in ‘12-13).
Here’s how the race for the title breaks down:
|Team||Record||GB||Games Left||Opp. Win Pct.|
|Oklahoma||11-2||--||3 vs. Texas Tech, 1 at OSU, 1 vs. OSU||.419|
|Baylor||9-4||2||3 at Iowa State, 1 vs. Texas, 1 at Texas||.440|
|Texas||9-4||2||3 vs. KU, 1 at Baylor, 1 vs. Baylor||.480|
|Texas Tech||8-7||4||3 at Oklahoma||.846|
A quick look at which Sooners have been enjoying recent success:
• Now 40-10 on the season, the Sooners have reached 40 wins in 50 games or fewer for the seventh time in program history and fourth time in the last five seasons.
• Since being shut out against Texas on April 18, the Sooners have won their past seven games and are averaging 7.7 runs in those contests. They’ve scored at least eight runs in five of those seven games.
• Destinee Martinez is riding a seven-game hitting streak, her longest of the season. Her average has gone up 49 points during the streak from .273 on April 18 to its current .322 as she’s gone 13 for her last 21 (.619).
• Shelby Pendley’s strikeout rate has gone down considerably since the beginning of the season. In her first 81 at-bats, she struck out 21 times, or one every 3.86 at-bats. She has since struck out just four times in her last 68 at-bats, or once every 17.0 at-bats.
• Georgia Casey’s batting average sits at .374. Her average has been below the .300 line only once this season, when it was .295 after the Northwestern game on Feb. 21. It hasn’t dropped below the .357 mark since March 4.
OU AMONG THE HOTTEST TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
Since being swept in a doubleheader at Louisiana-Lafayette on March 15, the Sooners have won 22 of their past 24 games. OU’s winning percentage of .917 in games played after March 15 (through April 30) is sixth 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 13 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 21 games easily trump her entire career prior.
|Stat||First 45 Games of Career||Past 21 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.
TICKET SALES AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH
Oklahoma has enjoyed a considerable home-field advantage this season, going 23-2 at Marita Hynes Field and outscoring opponents 191-47 in those games. In fact, more fans have
attended OU home games in 2014 than any other season.
To date, 16,281 fans have attended home games with four more contests still to be played. That figure trumps the 13,431 that saw the Sooners play during the 2012 season. The highest turnout came on April 5 when 1,396 fans attended a doubleheader sweep of Kansas.
PENDLEY WINS BIG 12 WEEKLY HONORS
Shelby Pendley was named Big 12 Player of the Week for the first time this season and the fourth time in her career on April 29. She drove in 11 runs as the Sooners went 5-0 for the week. Highlights of Pendley’s week included a grand slam against Central Arkansas and a school-record tying two triples in game two of a doubleheader against UAB.
Oklahoma has now had four Big 12 Players of the Week this season, the most of any team in the conference. In addition to Pendley, Kady Self (April 1), Whitney Ellis (March 11) and Destinee Martinez (Feb. 25) have all been recognized this year. Kelsey Stevens has also taken home two Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors in 2014. The six total weekly awards won by the Sooners are the most of any school in the league.
SOONERS OVERWHELM ARKANSAS IN FIVE, 10-2
A six-run first inning set the tone as Oklahoma overwhelmed Arkansas in five innings, 10-2, on April 30. The big blow came from Georgia Casey as she hit a three-run homer in the first. The win was OU’s 11th straight against a non-conference opponent.