Homestand Wraps Up this Weekend

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

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Home Tournament
March 8-10 | Norman | Marita Hynes Field

NORMAN — The No. 3/3 Oklahoma softball team concludes its longest homestand of the season this weekend, hosting Northwestern, Drake and GCU for its second of two tournaments at Marita Hynes Field.

The Sooners open the event against Northwestern on Friday night at 6 p.m. On Saturday, OU faces Drake (1 p.m.) and GCU (6 p.m.). Finally, the Sooners close out the weekend with a rematch against Northwestern on Sunday at 1 p.m. There will also be five neutral-site games at the tournament between Northwestern, Drake, GCU and Tulsa.

Each game will be televised via SoonerSports TV powered by FOX Sports. Both games against Northwestern will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma, while the matchup with Drake will be on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus. Saturday’s game against GCU will be streamed through SoonerSports.tv for premium subscribers. All games can also be heard on the air through KEBC 1560 AM in Norman or online through the Franchise 2.

WEEKEND STORYLINES

FAN INFORMATION

Tickets for the remainder of the 2019 home season are sold out. 

OU Athletics will introduce a clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors at all home events this season, including this weekend’s tournament. More information can be found here.

Friday is Hispanic Heritage Night with "Los Sooners" T-shirts for the first 200 fans. 

Saturday is Sydney Romero Day. There will be 250 Romero posters and 500 OU Visors for fans. 

Sunday is Falepolima Aviu Day with Aviu posters for the first 250 fans. 

LAST TIME OUT

Led by depth in the pitching staff and a pair of homers, Oklahoma took down McNeese 6-1 on Tuesday afternoon at Marita Hynes Field.

Junior Shannon Saile improved to 3-1 on the season with the win in the circle. She allowed just one hit while striking out nine. Classmates Nicole Mendes, Mariah Lopez and Parker Conrad all threw one inning in relief.

Freshman Grace Green led Oklahoma’s offensive effort, finishing the day 3-for-3 with a run scored, two RBIs and a home run. Senior Sydney Romero went 2-for-2 at the plate, scoring a run and driving in one. Mendes earned her second multi-RBI performance of the season thanks to a sixth-inning homer.

HOME SWEET 'HOMA

After opening its home slate 3-0, Oklahoma is currently on a 37-game home winning streak, good for its second-best streak in program history. The longest is 45 games, held from April 14, 2000 to March 29, 2002. OU last lost at home on April 23, 2017.

The Sooners opened their home campaign with a pair of ranked wins at the Courtyard Marriott Tournament on March 1. OU shut out the Beavers 3-0 before run-ruling the Ragin’ Cajuns 9-1 in five innings. On Tuesday, Oklahoma edged McNeese 6-1 in an afternoon matchup.

On Thursday, the OU Athletics Ticket Office announced that tickets are sold out for the remainder of the 2019 home season.

In 2018, the Sooners went 30-0 at Marita Hynes Field, including a 25-0 mark in the regular season. It marked the second perfect home record in school annals, also occurring in 2001 (18-0). Additionally, 30 home wins were the second-most in OU history behind the 2014 team’s 32.

NATIONAL RANKS

After Tuesday’s midweek game, the Sooners rank in the top 10 nationally in seven categories: third in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.92), fourth in slugging percentage (.621) and home runs per game (1.61), seventh in batting average (.355), eighth in on-base percentage (.446) and 10th in ERA (1.45) and win-loss percentage (.889).

Individually, four Sooners rank in the top 25 nationally in seven categories. Junior Shannon Saile is second in the country in strikeouts per seven innings (12.4) while holding 10th in strikeout-to-walk ratio (9.00) and 18th in hits allowed per seven innings (3.59). Classmate Mariah Lopez sits in seventh nationally in hits allowed per seven innings (2.93), eighth in strikeouts per seven innings (10.7), 12th in shutouts (three) and 23rd in ERA (0.86). Fellow junior pitcher Giselle Juarez is 13th with an 8.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Offensively, senior Sydney Romero’s six home runs ranks 21st nationally while her 47 total bases rank 25th.

LAST TIME THEY MET... 

In the all-time series, the Sooners have never lost to Drake (6-0) or GCU (4-0) and hold a commanding advantage over Northwestern, 14-2.

Fifteen of the 16 meetings between OU and Northwestern have taken place at neutral sites, with the series opening in Norman in 1978 (Oklahoma won 9-0). The Sooners have won the last four matchups, most recently claiming an 11-9 victory in Palm Springs, Calif., in 2014.

The Sooners have hosted Drake in Norman five times, claiming a pair of wins in 2013 by run rule: 10-2 in six innings and 13-0 in five.

Saturday’s matchup against GCU will be the first time the Lopes travel to Norman. Oklahoma opened its 2019 campaign at the GCU Kickoff Tournament, facing the hosts once and earning a 7-1 victory.

UP NEXT

The Sooners head to their final regular-season tournament March 14-16, facing UC Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, Dartmouth, CSUN and Illinois at the LMU/CSUN Tournament in Los Angeles and Northridge, Calif.

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