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OU Meets Alabama Tonight in WCWS Opener
May 29, 2014
 Women's College World Series - No. 7 Oklahoma (50-11) vs. No. 2 Alabama (50-11)
 Date - Time
 Thursday - 8:30 p.m.
 Location  Oklahoma City, Okla. | ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
 Broadcast  ESPN2
 Radio/Audio  KREF 1400 | SoonerSports.tv ($)
 Game Info  Tickets | Game Notes | Twitter

The Oklahoma softball team is making its ninth overall appearance at the Women’s College World Series and its fourth consecutive trip. From last season’s participants, Florida is the only other school making a return trip to Oklahoma City. The Sooners are also the first team since Florida (2008-11) to make four WCWS trips in a row. The defending national champions, Oklahoma is looking to become the first repeat winner since Arizona in 2006 and 2007.

 All-Time WCWS Win Pct.  All-Time WCWS Wins  WCWS Appearances
 1. UCLA (94-29) .764  1. UCLA - 94  1. UCLA - 25
 2. Arizona (61-32) .656  2. Arizona - 61  2. Arizona - 22
 3. Texas A&M (21-13) .618  3. Fresno State - 30  3. Cal - 12
 4. Cal State Fullerton (16-10) .615  4. Washington - 22  3. Fresno State - 12
 5. Oklahoma (16-12) .571  5. Texas A&M - 21  5. Washington - 11
 6. Fresno State (30-23) .566  5. Cal - 21  6. Arizona State - 10
 7. Georgia (5-4) .556  7. Arizona State - 18  6. Michigan - 10
 8. Tennessee (15-12) .556  8. Oklahoma - 16  8. Oklahoma - 9
 9. Washington (22-19) .537  8. Cal State Fullerton - 16  8. Alabama - 9
 10. Florida (12-11) .522  10. Tennessee - 15  10. Florida State - 8

The seventh-seeded Sooners open against No. 2 Alabama at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPN2. Depending on the outcome, OU will face either No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette or No. 14 Kentucky on Friday or Saturday.

Oklahoma trails Alabama in the all-time series, 6-3, including a 2-2 mark at the WCWS. The team’s met in the 2012 Finals with Alabama prevailing in three games to win the national title.

FEW 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 32 of their past 35 games. OU’s winning percentage of .914 in games played after March 15 is second best in the country.

 Team  W  L  T  Pct.
 Louisiana-Lafayette  32  2  0  .941
 Oklahoma  32  3  0  .914
 Florida State  31  3  0  .912
 Oregon  31  4  1  .875
 DePaul  28  5  0  .848

DON'T RUN ON OKLAHOMA
Led by sophomore catcher Whitney Ellis, opponents have just 10 stolen bases in 25 attempts. OU has a caught stealing rate of .600, which is by far the best in the country as only two other teams are at or above .500. In addition, the 10 stolen bases allowed is two less than any other team in the country.

 Team  SB Against  Caught Stealing  Opp. SB Attempts  Caught Stealing %
 Oklahoma  10  15  25  .600
 Mississippi St.  16  18  34  .529
 Hofstra  12  12  24  .500
 Nebraska  28  25  53  .472
 North Dakota St.  18  16  34  .471

SOONERS SURVIVE LADY VOLS, WEATHER IN SUPERS
Games one and two of OU’s Super Regional saw two rain delays totaling six hours and 31 minutes, but the Sooners persevered to beat Tennessee in three games to reach the WCWS.

In game one, which featured a 2:37 delay, Kelsey Stevens tied a season high with 11 strikeouts and the offense scored in five of the first six innings, including a four-run sixth, to win 8-1. Game two, which included a delay of 3:54, saw the Lady Vols even the series with a 4-0 victory.

Five home runs in game three was enough to push OU to the series victory. Lauren Chamberlain hit two, while Georgia Casey, Javen Henson and Brittany Williams also left the yard.

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
Oklahoma is making its 21st postseason appearance which is tied for 13th most in NCAA history. In addition, OU owns the fifth-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  7.26  2nd
 Slugging Percentage  Team  .558  2nd
 Fielding Percentage  Team  .978  5th
 Home Runs/Game  Team  1.43  4th
 Winning Percentage  Team  .820  7th
 Batting Average  Team  .327  9th
 Double Plays/Game  Team  0.49  12th
 RBI/Game  Shelby Pendley  1.21  9th
 Slugging Percentage  Shelby Pendley  .826  11th
 Saves  Shelby Pendley  4  12th
 Runs/Game  Shelby Pendley  1.05  17th
 On-Base Percentage  Shelby Pendley  .531  19th
 Home Runs  Shelby Pendley  17  22nd
 Batting Average  Shelby Pendley  .429  25th
 Wins  Kelsey Stevens  37  2nd
 Strikeouts  Kelsey Stevens  266  16th
 Shutouts  Kelsey Stevens  8  25th

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 5/25).

 Player  School  Fr.  So.  Jr.  Sr.  Total
 Jennifer Gilbert  Ball State  15  18  23  19  75
 Lauren Chamberlain  Oklahoma  30  30  12  N/A  72
 Haley Outon  Houston  5  22  16  16  59
 Shelby Pendley  Oklahoma  19  22  17  N/A  58
 Kaila Hunt  Alabama  10  21  15  11  57
 Taylor Edwards  Nebraska  18  5  13  18  54
 Lauren Haeger  Florida  14  18  19  N/A  52
 Amber Lutmer  Omaha  11  11  12  17  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 5/25).

 Player (Total)  Player (Total)  Team  Total
 Lauren Chamberlain (72)  Shelby Pendley (58)  Oklahoma  130
 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 missed two games, but she returned May 17 and homered in consecutive games in the Norman Regional.

In the 13 games since returning from the back injury, she is hitting .469 (15-32) with a .638 on-base percentage and 1.094 slugging percentage. She’s scored 13 runs and driven in 11 with two doubles and six homers. She’s walked 15 times with just five strikeouts.

HOME, SWEET HOME
The Sooners have won 45 of their past 48 home games. As a result, three of the eight longest home winning streaks in program history have taken part during the 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
 14  4/19/14-5/23/14

WIN STREAK ENDS AT SEASON-HIGH 16 GAMES
Oklahoma saw its 16-game winning streak, its longest since opening the 2013 season 17-0, end on May 24. It was the eighth longest in school history. Earlier this year, OU had a 14-game win streak from March 18-April 12.

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.

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 enjoyed a considerable home-field advantage this season, going 32-3 at Marita Hynes Field and outscoring opponents 275-76 in those games. In fact, more fans attended OU home games in 2014 than any other season as the cumulative season total was 30,573 fans. That figure more than doubles the 13,431 that saw the Sooners play during the 2012 season. The highest turnout of 2014 came on May 24 when a record 1,751 fans attended the Super Regional against Tennessee.

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