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Super Regional Features WCWS Rematch
May 22, 2014
 NCAA Softball Norman Super Regional - No. 7 Oklahoma (48-10) vs. No. 10 Tennessee (45-10)
 Dates/Times
 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.

SERIES HISTORY
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.

 Team  W  L  Pct.
 Oklahoma  30  2  .938
 Louisiana-Lafayette  30  2  .938
 Florida State  29  2  .935
 Oregon  29  4  .868
 DePaul  28  5  .848

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 %
 Oklahoma  9  15  24  .625
 Mississippi St.  16  18  34  .529
 Hofstra  12  12  24  .500
 Nebraska  28  25  53  .472
 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.

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

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).

 Stat  Player/Team  Total  Rank
 Runs/Game  Team  7.36  2nd
 Fielding Percentage  Team  .979  4th
 Slugging Percentage  Team  .554  5th
 Home Runs/Game  Team  1.38  5th
 Winning Percentage  Team  .828  7th
 Batting Average  Team  .327  11th
 Double Plays/Game  Team  0.48  12th
 RBI/Game  Shelby Pendley  1.22  11th
 Saves  Shelby Pendley  4  12th
 Slugging Percentage  Shelby Pendley  .824  12th
 Runs/Game  Shelby Pendley  1.07  16th
 On-Base Percentage  Shelby Pendley  .528  21st
 Home Runs  Shelby Pendley  16  27th
 Batting Average  Shelby Pendley  .426  30th
 Wins  Kelsey Stevens  35  2nd
 Shutouts  Kelsey Stevens  8  24th
 Strikeouts  Kelsey Stevens  244  23rd

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).

 Player  School  Fr.  So.  Jr.  Sr.  Total
 Jennifer Gilbert  Ball State  15  18  23  19  75
 Lauren Chamberlain  Oklahoma  30  30  10  N/A  70
 Haley Outon  Houston  5  22  16  16  59
 Kaila Hunt  Alabama  10  21  15  11  57
 Shelby Pendley  Oklahoma  19  22  16  N/A  57
 Taylor Edwards  Nebraska  18  5  13  18  54
 Amber Lutmer  Omaha  11  11  12  17  51
 Lauren Haeger  Florida  14  18  19  N/A  51
 Renada Davis  N.C. State  5  26  19  N/A  50

DYNAMIC DUO
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
 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
 13  4/19/14-Pres.
 13  5/22/11-4/5/12

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
 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

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.

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