| NCAA Softball Norman Super Regional - No. 7 Oklahoma (48-10) vs. No. 10 Tennessee (45-10)
||Fri. - 6 p.m.. | Sat. - 4 p.m. | Sat. - 7 p.m. (if necessary)|
|Location||Norman, Okla. | Marita Hynes Field|
|Broadcast||Friday - ESPN2 | Saturday G1 - ESPN | Saturday G2 - ESPN2|
|Live Stats||Friday | Saturday G1 | Saturday G2|
|Radio/Audio||KREF 1400 | SoonerSports.tv ($)|
|Game Info||Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter|
In a rematch of last season’s Women College World Series Finals, the seventh-seeded and defending national champion Sooners host No. 10 Tennessee in the Norman Super Regional, May 23-24. Game’s one and three of the series will be on ESPN2, while game two will be carried by ESPN. Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza will be on the call all weekend.
Since the tournament changed to a Super Regional format and Best-of-3 title series in 2005, this weekend marks the first time that the two championship series teams have met in the postseason in the following season. In fact, the last time the national champion and runner-up met in the following postseason came in 2005 when the 2004 champs, UCLA, beat Cal in the WCWS, 2-1.
Oklahoma and Tennessee have met five times previously with the Lady Volunteers holding a 3-2 lead, including a 4-2 victory in the only meeting between the teams in Norman on 3/6/09.
But its the most recent two games that will stand out to many as OU and Tennessee faced off in last season Women’s College World Series Championship Series. Game one will long be remembered in WCWS lore for OU’s 5-3, 12-inning victory. The contest was scoreless through 10 innings before Tennessee’s Madison Shipman hit a three-run home run in the top of the 11th. Oklahoma answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, including two with the Sooners down to their final strike. In the bottom of the 12th, Lauren Chamberlain hit a walkoff, two-run home run to give OU the 1-0 series lead.
In game two, Michelle Gascoigne struck out 12 and allowed just three hits with no walks, while fellow senior Keilani Ricketts drove in all four runs as Oklahoma finished the two-game sweep with a 4-0 victory to earn the program’s second national championship.
SUPER REGIONAL HISTORY
Hosting a Super Regional for the third year in a row and fourth time in its history, Oklahoma is 8-8 all-time in Super Regional play with three championships in seven appearances. OU has won six straight Super Regional contests dating to 2011. In the team’s current win streak, it has outscored opponents 42-5.
The Sooners are appearing in their fifth straight Super Regional, which is tied with Oregon for the third-longest active streak behind only Alabama (10) and Washington (6). In addition, OU's eight Super Regional appearances are tied for fifth all-time in NCAA history, while the program's eight wins sit ninth.
NO ONE HOTTER THAN OKLAHOMA
Since being swept in a doubleheader at Louisiana-Lafayette on March 15 dropped their record to 18-8, the Sooners have won 30 of their past 32 games. OU’s winning percentage of .938 in games played after March 15 (through May 18) is tied for the best in the country.
WIN STREAK SITS AT SEASON-HIGH 15 GAMES
Oklahoma is currently on a 15-game winning streak, its longest since opening the 2013 season 17-0, and tied for the eighth longest in school history. Additionally, earlier this year, OU had a 14-game win streak from March 18-April 12.
OU’s 15-game win streak is tied with Florida State for the longest current streak by any of the Super Regional teams. The next closest is Washington at only six games.
DON'T RUN ON OKLAHOMA
Led by sophomore catcher Whitney Ellis, opponents have just nine stolen bases in 24 attempts. OU has a caught stealing rate of .625, which is by far the best in the country as only two other teams are at or above .500. In addition, the nine stolen bases allowed is three less than any other team in the country.
|Team||SB Against||Caught Stealing||Opp. SB Attempts||Caught Stealing %|
|North Dakota St.||18||16||34||.471|
SOONERS GO 3-0 IN REGIONAL
Oklahoma extended its Regional winning streak to 10 games by going 3-0 in last week’s Norman Regional. The weekend started with an 18-hit outburst in a 14-4, five-inning victory over Bryant. Every starter had a hit, while the 1-5 batters all had at least two. Shelby Pendley was 4-4 and had 3 RBI, while Brittany Williams and Whitney Ellis also had 3 RBI each.
OU then took two games from Texas A&M. In the first meeting, the Sooners trailed 8-6 entering the bottom of the seventh but rallied for three runs, including the final two scoring on an error by the Aggies’ first baseman, to win 9-8. In the finale, every batter in the lineup had at least one hit and scored a run in an 11-6 win. Destinee Martinez was 3-5 with a career-high 4 RBI.
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|
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
Below is a list of all OU’s top-25 rankings in the latest NCAA Statistics (Games through 5/18).
|Slugging Percentage||Shelby Pendley||.824||12th|
|On-Base Percentage||Shelby Pendley||.528||21st|
|Home Runs||Shelby Pendley||16||27th|
|Batting Average||Shelby Pendley||.426||30th|
CHAMBERLAIN, PENDLEY MEMBERS OF 50-HR CLUB
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley are two of nine active student-athletes, and two of four juniors, with 50 or more career home runs (through 5/18).
|Jennifer Gilbert||Ball State||15||18||23||19||75|
|Renada Davis||N.C. State||5||26||19||N/A||50|
Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley have more combined career HR than any other duo in the nation (through 5/18).
|Player (Total)||Player (Total)||Team||Total|
|Lauren Chamberlain (70)||Shelby Pendley (57)||Oklahoma||127|
|Jennifer Gilbert (75)||Taylor Rager (38)||Ball State||113|
|Taylor Edwards (54)||Tatum Edwards (46)||Nebraska||100|
|Kaila Hunt (57)||Jackie Traina (38)||Alabama||95|
|Elise Fortier (46)||Gabby Luety (43)||Fordham||89|
|Nicole Morgan (48)||Amber Garza (41)||Texas A&M||89|
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. Chamberlain then suffered a partially torn PCL in her right knee at Oklahoma State on May 10 and did not play May 11 or May 16, but she was able to return May 17 and homered in consecutive games in the Norman Regional.
In the 10 games Chamberlain has played in since returning from the back injury, she is hitting .381 (8-21) with a .639 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage. She’s scored 11 runs and driven in seven with a double and four homers. She’s walked 15 times with just five strikeouts.
HOME, SWEET HOME
The Sooners have won 43 of their past 45 home games. As a result, three of the eight longest home winning streaks in program history have taken part during the current stretch.
|Home Win Streak||Dates|
RECORD EIGHT SOONERS NAMED ALL-REGION
A school record eight Sooners, including four first-team honorees, were named to the 2014 NFCA All-Central Region Team. The previous OU record of six was set in 2005 and matched in both 2007 and 2013. Oklahoma joins Arizona and Hofstra as the only three schools in the country to have all eight of their nominees earn All-Region accolades.
Juniors Lauren Chamberlain, Georgia Casey and Shelby Pendley were joined by sophomore Kady Self on the All-Region First Team. Senior Brittany Williams earned second-team honors along with sophomores Whitney Ellis and Kelsey Stevens, while senior Destinee Martinez was placed on the third team.
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|
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.
|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:
|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.
|2008||.889||16-2||2nd||NCAA Super Regional|
TICKET SALES AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH
Oklahoma has enjoyed a considerable home-field advantage this season, going 30-2 at Marita Hynes Field and outscoring opponents 259-69 in those games. In fact, more fans have attended OU home games in 2014 than any other season. To date, 25,164 fans have attended home games. That figure nearly doubles the 13,431 that saw the Sooners play during the 2012 season. The highest turnout of 2014 came on May 11 when a record 1,728 fans attended the Oklahoma State game.