|No. 13/10 Oklahoma (43-10, 14-2 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma State (26-26, 5-11 Big 12)|
| Date - Time
||Saturday - Recap | Sunday - 2 p.m.|
|Locations||Cowgirl Stadium (Sat.) | Marita Hynes Field (Sun.)|
|TV||Sat. - FSOK | Sun - FSSW+|
|Radio/Audio||KREF 1400 | SoonerSports.tv ($)|
|Game Info||Tickets - Sold Out | Game Notes | Twitter|
Having already clinched a share of the 2014 Big 12 Championship, Oklahoma closes out the 2014 regular season with a home-and-home series with Oklahoma State. One more win would give the Sooners the title outright.
Oklahoma has a 77-70 all-time advantage over Oklahoma State. In Stillwater, OSU leads 33-25, but in Norman, OU’s record stands at 36-21 in the series, and the team is on a17-game home winning streak vs. the Cowgirls.
The Sooners’ 77 wins over the Cowgirls are the most against any school in program history.
In addition, the 147 combined matchups are the most for OU against another opponent.
|Opponent||Total Games||Win-Loss||Win Pct.|
Oklahoma took the first meeting between the schools this year on April 2, 2-0. Kelsey Stevens threw a six-hit shutout and retired 10 straight batters at one point. Erin Miller had an RBI single in the fourth inning and Shelby Pendley added a solo home run in the sixth. In each of the past 28 meetings dating back to May 3, 2003, OU has held OSU to three runs or fewer.
OWNERS OF THE BEDLAM CUP
Since the official start of the Bedlam Series in 2001, the trophy hasn’t left Norman. OU has won it outright 10 of the 12 years and retained it after splits in 2003 and 2010. Since the start of Big 12 play, OU has done no worse than a split against OSU in the regular season series and claimed in-state bragging rights in 15 of the 18 seasons.
OU FIRST TEAM TO WIN THREE STRAIGHT BIG 12 TITLES
With a sweep of Texas Tech last weekend, Oklahoma has already clinched a share of the 2014 Big 12 Championship. It’s their third straight year as league champions, something no team had ever done. Outside of Oklahoma this season, back-to-back crowns had only happened twice (Oklahoma in ‘99-00 and Texas in ‘02-03). The Sooners are one win away from the outright league title.
Here’s how the top of the Big 12 standings look on the last weekend:
|Team||Record||GB||Games Left||Opp. Win Pct.|
|Oklahoma||14-2||--||1 at OSU, 1 vs. OSU||.500|
|Baylor||13-4||1.5||1 at Texas||.604|
Oklahoma has now won seven Big 12 regular season titles and four conference tournament championships. The 11 combined championships are the most in league history.
|Team||Regular Season Titles||Tournament Titles||Total Titles|
A quick look at which Sooners have been enjoying recent success:
THANK YOU, SENIORS
Sunday will be Senior Day and the Sooners will recognize their senior class of Javen Henson, Destinee Martinez and Brittany Williams after the game. The trio enters the weekend with an all-time mark of 197-43 (.821) with three appearances in the Women’s College World Series and three Big 12 titles.
OU AMONG THE HOTTEST TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
Since being swept in a doubleheader at Louisiana-Lafayette on March 15, the Sooners have won 25 of their past 27 games. OU’s winning percentage of .926 in games played after March 15 (through May 8) is second best in the country.
• Now 43-10 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 10 games and are averaging 7.7 runs in those contests. They’ve scored at least eight runs in six of those 10 games.
• Destinee Martinez is riding a 10-game hitting streak, her longest of the season. Her average has gone up 56 points during the streak from .273 on April 18 to its current .329 as she’s gone 17 for her last 30 (.567).
• 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 five times in her last 77 at-bats, or once every 15.4 at-bats.
• Georgia Casey’s batting average sits at .368. 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.
BEST BIG 12 FINISH CAN BE MATCHED
Holding a 14-2 record with two more games to play, Oklahoma can match its best Big 12 record in program history with two wins.
|2008||.889||16-2||2nd||NCAA Super Regional|
|2013||.882||15-2||1st||NCAA WCWS Champions|
|2001||.875||14-2||2nd||Women's College World Series|
|2002||.875||14-2||2nd||Women's College World Series|
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 5/4).
|Jennifer Gilbert||Ball State||15||18||23||19||75|
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley have more combined career HR than any other duo in the nation (through 5/4).
|Player (Total)||Player (Total)||Team||Total|
|Lauren Chamberlain (68)||Shelby Pendley (54)||Oklahoma||122|
|Jennifer Gilbert (75)||Taylor Rager (38)||Ball State||113|
|Taylor Edwards (53)||Tatum Edwards (45)||Nebraska||98|
|Kaila Hunt (57)||Jackie Traina (36)||Alabama||93|
|Nicole Morgan (47)||Amber Garza (40)||Texas A&M||87|
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 off 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.
In seven games since her return, Chamberlain is hitting .455 (5-11) with a .760 on-base percentage and 1.091 slugging percentage. She’s scored nine runs and driven in four with a double and two homers. She’s walked 14 times with just three strikeouts and has stolen three bases in three attempts.
SELF GOES DOWN WITH ACL INJURY
Sophomore Kady Self had been one of the hottest hitters in the country in recent weeks but suffered a torn ACL against Texas Tech on May 2, possibly ending her season unless the leg is strong enough with a brace on it. Self’s numbers in her final 22 games easily trumped her entire career to that point.
|Stat||First 45 Games of Career||Past 22 Games|
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 fourth-best mark in the country (games through 5/4).
|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 5/4).
HOME, SWEET HOME
The Sooners have won 38 of their past 40 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|
TICKET SALES AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH
Oklahoma has enjoyed a considerable home-field advantage this season, going 26-2 at Marita Hynes Field and outscoring opponents 214-48 in those games. In fact, more fans have attended OU home games in 2014 than any other season. To date, 19,646 fans have attended home games with one more contest 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.
SOONERS SWEEEP TEXAS TECH, CLINCH BIG 12 SHARE
A sweep of Texas Tech, May 2-4, clinched a share of the Big 12 title for OU. In the opener, Kelsey Stevens tied a season high with 11 strikeouts and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in a 5-0 win. In game two, Stevens again struck out 11 batters and three homers within the first three innings pushed OU to a 5-1 win. In the finale, Shelby Pendley made the first start of her career and threw a two-hit shutout with a career-high five strikeouts and drove in three runs in a 13-0, five-inning win.
STEVENS WINS NATIONAL, BIG 12 WEEKLY HONORS
Kelsey Stevens was named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week and the co-Big 12 Pitcher of the Week May 6 after going 3-0 with a 1.17 earned run average and 28 strikeouts in 18.0 innings last week.
To start the week, Stevens earned the victory in a 10-2, rule-win at Arkansas as she carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning. She allowed two hits with six strikeouts and two runs allowed on a two-run homer.
In the series opener against Texas Tech, Stevens tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning in a 5-0 win. She allowed two hits and two walks as she threw her eighth shutout of the season. Stevens followed that performance with another 11-strikeout outing the next day in a 5-1 victory. She walked none and allowed just three total hits. The win was her 31st of the season, tying for the most in the country with Florida State’s Lacey Waldrop.
VEST HEADLINES SOONERS’ ACADEMIC HONORS
Jessica Vest was named Academic All-District and first-team Academic All-Big 12 to lead Oklahoma’s academic honors. Joining Vest on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team were Javen Henson (health and exercise science), Callie Parsons (health and exercise science) and Shelby Pendley (multidisciplinary studies) and Kady Self (health and exercise science). Georgia Casey (human resources management) was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.