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Sooners Set to Host Norman Regional
May 15, 2014
 NCAA Softball Norman Regional
 G1 - Texas A&M v. Hofstra
 Friday, May 16 - 5 p.m.
 G2 - Oklahoma v. Bryant  Friday, May 16 - 7:30 p.m.
 G3 - Winner G1 v. Winner G2  Saturday, May 17 - 1 p.m.
 G4 - Loser G1 v. Loser G2  Saturday, May 17 - 3:30 p.m.
 G5 - Winner G4 v. Loser G3  Saturday, May 17 - 6 p.m.
 G6 - Winner G3 v. Winner G5  Sunday, May 18 - 1 p.m.
 G7 - Winner G6 v. Loser G6  Sunday, May 18 - 3:30 p.m. (if necessary)
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Marita Hynes Field (Sun.)
 Broadcast  All games will be streamed online on ESPN3
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com
 Radio/Audio  KREF 1400 | SoonerSports.tv ($)
 Game Info  Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter

The defending national champions, Oklahoma earned the No. 7 national seed in the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championship and hosts the Norman Regional this weekend. The four-team, three-day event will feature Texas A&M (35-20, 9-15 SEC) facing Hofstra (33-13, 11-4 CAA) in a first round game at 5 p.m. before Oklahoma takes on Bryant (32-20, 13-3 NEC) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. All games will be carried by ESPN3.

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
Oklahoma is making its 21st postseason appearance which is tied for 13th most in NCAA history. In addition, OU owns the sixth-best win percentage and seventh-most wins in postseason history. The Sooners have reached the postseason in each of the past 21 seasons. Only Arizona is currently on a longer active streak.

 Opponent  Longest Active Postseason Streaks
 Arizona  28
 Oklahoma  21
 Washington  21
 Michigan  20
 UCLA  16
 La.-Lafayette  16

Oklahoma is 52-17 all-time in Regional play with 12 Regional championship in 19 appearances. OU has won seven straight Regional contests and 12 of its last 13 dating to 2010. In the team’s seven-game win streak, it has outscored opponents 107-15, including a 41-6 margin in a sweep last year.

SERIES HISTORY
Oklahoma has met Bryant once before, beating the Bulldogs, 4-1, on March 8, 1992. OU has also faced Hofstra just once, losing to the Pride, 1-0, on March 1, 1996.

With a history dating back to their time together in the Big 12, OU holds a 45-30 all-time record over Texas A&M, including wins in five of the past six games. The teams met last season in the Super Regional in Norman with the Sooners sweeping. OU took the first game 10-2 in six innings thanks to a seven-run sixth inning. Keilani Ricketts struck out 13 and drove in four runs, including the walk-off homer in the sixth. Oklahoma then used another run-rule win to clinch a spot in the World Series. Shelby Pendley homered twice and drove in five runs while Ricketts threw a shutout in an 8-0, five-inning win.

OU AMONG THE HOTTEST TEAMS IN THE COUNTRY
Since being swept in a doubleheader at Louisiana-Lafayette on March 15, the Sooners have won 27 of their past 29 games. OU’s winning percentage of .931 in games played after March 15 (through May 11) is tied for the best in the country.

 Team  W  L  Pct.
 Oklahoma  27  2  .931
 Louisiana-Lafayette  22  2  .931
 Florida State  26  2  .929
 DePaul  25  3  .893
 Tulsa  27  4  .871

OU FIRST TEAM TO WIN THREE STRAIGHT BIG 12 TITLES
Oklahoma claimed the Big 12 Championship for the third year in a row in 2014. No other team has won three straights in conference history. Previosuly, back-to-back crowns had only happened twice (Oklahoma in ‘99-00 and Texas in ‘02-03).

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
 Oklahoma  7  4  11
 Texas  4  4  8
 Nebraska  3  3  6
 Missouri  2  2  4
 Texas A&M  2  1  3
 Baylor  1  0  1
 Kansas  0  1  1

GASSO NAMED BIG 12 COACH OF THE YEAR
Patty Gasso was named Big 12 Coach of the Year for the third year in a row and seventh time overall. No other coach in Big 12 history has more than three.

 Coach  Team  Awards  Years
 Patty Gasso  Oklahoma  7  '96, '99-00, '09, '12-14
 Connie Clark  Texas  3  '02, '06, '10
 Jo Evans  Texas A&M  3  '04-05, '08
 Ehren Earlywine  Missouri  2  '07, '11
 Rhonda Revelle  Nebraska  2  '98, '01

Full list of OU Big 12 award winners:

 Name  Award(s)
 Patty Gasso  Big 12 Coach of the Year
 Georgia Casey  All-Big 12 First Team | All-Big 12 Defensive Team
 Whitney Ellis  All-Big 12 Second Team
 Destinee Martinez  All-Big 12 Defensive Team
 Shelby Pendley  All-Big 12 First Team | All-Big 12 Defensive Team
 Kady Self  All-Big 12 First Team
 Kelsey Stevens  All-Big 12 First Team | All-Big 12 Defensive Team
 Brittany Williams  All-Big 12 First Team | All-Big 12 Defensive Team

BIG 12 FINISH AMONG THE BEST
Oklahoma finished 16-2 in Big 12 play, matching the 2008 season for the second-best record in league play in school annals.

 Year  Win Pct.  Record  Place  Postseason
 2000  .945  17-1  1st  NCAA Champions
 2008  .889  16-2  2nd  NCAA Super Regional
 2014  .882  16-2  1st  N/A

DON'T RUN ON OKLAHOMA
Led by sophomore catcher Whitney Ellis, opponents have just eight stolen bases in 22 attempts. OU has a caught stealing rate of .636, which is by far the best in the country as only two other teams are above .500. In addition, the eight stolen bases allowed is tied for the fewest in the country with Hofstra.

 Team  SB Against  Caught Stealing  Opp. SB Attempts  Caught Stealing %
 Oklahoma  8  14  22  .636
 Hofstra  8  10  18  .556
 Mississippi State  15  16  31  .516
 Nebraska  24  23  47  .489
 USC Upstate  9  8  17  .471

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 5/11).

 Player  School  Fr.  So.  Jr.  Sr.  Total
 Jennifer Gilbert  Ball State  15  18  23  19  75
 Lauren Chamberlain  Oklahoma  30  30  8  N/A  68
 Haley Outon  Houston  5  22  16  15  58
 Kaila Hunt  Alabama  10  21  15  11  57
 Shelby Pendley  Oklahoma  19  22  13  N/A  54
 Taylor Edwards  Nebraska  18  5  13  17  53
 Amber Lutmer  Omaha  11  11  12  17  51

DYNAMIC DUO
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley have more combined career HR than any other duo in the nation (through 5/11).

 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 (46)  Nebraska  99
 Kaila Hunt (57)  Jackie Traina (36)  Alabama  93
 Elise Fortier (45)  Gabby Luety (43)  Fordham  88

AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Below is a list of all OU’s top-25 rankings in the latest NCAA Statistics (Games through 5/11).

 Stat  Player/Team  Total  Rank
 Runs/Game  Team  7.15  3rd
 Fielding Percentage  Team  .978  4th
 Slugging Percentage  Team  .538  6th
 Home Runs/Game  Team  1.29  9th
 Winning Percentage  Team  .818  9th
 Double Plays/Game  Team  0.49  12th
 Batting Average  Team  .318  23rd
 Saves  Shelby Pendley  4  12th
 RBI/Game  Shelby Pendley  1.15  19th
 Wins  Kelsey Stevens  33  1st
 Shutouts  Kelsey Stevens  8  22nd
 Strikeouts  Kelsey Stevens  229  25th

CHAMBERLAIN FIGHTS THROUGH INJURIES
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. She hit a two-run double in her first at-bat and 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 played the last two games at first base. Chamberlain suffered a knee injury however at Oklahoma State on May 10 and did not play May 11. Coach Gasso is “hopeful” Chamberlain will be available for the NCAA Regionals.

In eight games since her return, Chamberlain is hitting .455 (5-11) with a .769 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 15 times with just three strikeouts and has stolen four bases in four attempts.

SELF GOES DOWN WITH ACL INJURY
Sophomore Kady Self had been one of the hottest hitters in the country in recent weeks but a torn ACL against Texas Tech on May 2 ended her season. 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
 AVG/OBP/SLG  .150/.261/.300  .500/.597/.828
 Hits/AB  3/20  29/58
 Runs  13  22
 2B/3B/HR  0/0/1  4/0/5
 RBI  2  19
 Total Bases  6  48
 Walks/Strikeouts  3/6  14/5

HOME, SWEET HOME
The Sooners have won 39 of their past 41 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. OU is currently on a 10-game winning streak at Marita Hynes Field.

 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

TICKET SALES AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH
Oklahoma has enjoyed a considerable home-field advantage this season, going 27-2 at Marita Hynes Field and outscoring opponents 225-51 in those games. In fact, more fans have attended OU home games in 2014 than any other season. To date, 21,374 fans have attended home games. That figure trumps the 13,431 that saw the Sooners play during the 2012 season. The highest turnout came on May 11 when a record 1,728 fans attended the Oklahoma State game.

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