Sooners Host Mean Green Wednesday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

March 20 | 6 PM CT | Norman | Marita Hynes Field 
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NORMAN — After concluding regular season tournament play last weekend, the No. 2/2 Oklahoma softball team returns home on Wednesday for a midweek matchup with North Texas at 6 p.m. CT at Marita Hynes Field.

The game is scheduled to be aired on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus and on the air through KEBC 1560 AM or online through the Franchise 2. 

GAMEDAY STORYLINES

FAN INFORMATION

Tickets for the remainder of OU Softball's home games are sold out, including Wednesday's game against North Texas. 

Wednesday's game will be pink night with pink T-shirts for the first 200 fans. 

The Sooners will also celebrate Raegan Rogers' senior day. There will be 250 Rogers posters available for fans. 

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

LAST TIME OUT

Oklahoma was dominant in its final regular season tournament, scoring 58 runs and finishing 5-0 at the LMU/CSUN Tournament in Los Angeles and Northridge, Calif. In OU’s 12-1 victory over UC Santa Barbara, junior Mariah Lopez struck out a career-high-matching 13 batters. Offensively, Jocelyn Alo led the way with two hits, two runs and an RBI. Nicole Mendes also had a pair of hits. Caleigh Clifton, Sami Skelly and Kinsey Koeltzow all drove in two runs, marking the first multi-RBI performances of Skelly and Koeltzow’s careers.

Against Loyola Marymount that afternoon, Giselle Juarez retired all 15 batters she faced to register the first perfect game of her collegiate career. It was the 13th perfect game in OU history and the first since Paige Parker recorded four in 2015. The Sooner offense stayed hot and won 14-0 in five. Alo went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run and a double, driving in seven runs and scoring one. Alo’s career-high seven RBIs tie for third-most in a single game in program history and are the most since Lauren Chamberlain recorded seven in February 2015.

On Friday against Darmouth, the Sooners registered a season-high 17 hits, including nine for extra bases, to earn an 11-0 victory. Sydney Romero set a career high with four hits, including two doubles and a home run, while scoring three runs and driving in two. Falepolima Aviu matched a career high with three hits while Mendes, Grace Green and Grace Lyons each tallied two. Clifton and Skelly both joined Romero in driving in two runs.

Against CSUN, OU won 11-0 in five innings as Aviu went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored while Romero finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Green and Lynnsie Elam both tallied a pair of RBIs against the Matadors, and Clifton went 2-for-2 with three runs scored, matching a career high.

The Sooners sealed a 5-0 weekend with an 11-1, six-inning victory over Illinois on Saturday. Juarez tossed a complete game, striking out a dozen batters for her fourth game this season with double-digit strikeouts. The Sooner offense was powered by home runs from Clifton, Aviu and Alo. All three finished 2-for-3 on the day; Aviu tallied three RBIs and both Clifton and Alo finished with two. Also registering two hits were Mendes and Elam.

THESE BATS ARE ON FIRE

The Sooners scored at least 10 runs in all five of their games last weekend. Five straight games of double-digit runs match a program record for most consecutive games with 10+ runs, previously achieved from March 8-15, 2015.

Oklahoma leads the nation in batting average (.365) while ranking third in on-base percentage (.452), slugging percentage (.635) and scoring (7.63 runs per game). Additionally, OU ranks fourth with 1.67 home runs per game.

Overall, the Sooners have run-ruled 12 opponents and shut out 13 in 2019, outscoring opponents 206-30.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

After opening its home slate 7-0, Oklahoma is currently on a 41-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 before defeating 6-1 in an afternoon matchup on March 5 in its first midweek game. OU rounded out its longest homestand of the season (seven games) with four wins at its second home tournament March 8-10.

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.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Oklahoma’s defense ranks third nationally with a fielding percentage of .985. The Sooners have not committed an error in 11 straight games, last doing so on March 1 against Oregon State.
In 2018, the Sooners led the nation with a .986 fielding percentage, committing just 22 errors in 62 games. In addition to ranking first in the country, the Sooners’ 2018 fielding percentage and error total both ranked first in program history for a single season.

FACING NORTH TEXAS

The Sooners have never lost to the Mean Green, holding a 29-0 record in all-time contests. The 29-game winning streak is Oklahoma’s third longest against a Division I opponent. The Sooners’ only longer streaks are against Wichita State (35) and Iowa State (33). 
The two teams last met in 2017 in Norman after conditions in Denton rendered the field unplayable, and Oklahoma claimed an 8-0 run-rule win in six innings. Ten Sooners combined for 16 hits while pitchers Mariah Lopez, Nicole Mendes and Paige Lowary combined on the shutout.
OU and UNT’s 2018 game was canceled due to poor weather conditions in Denton. The two teams also faced off in the fall, with OU claiming a 9-3 victory in a 10-inning exhibition. 

UP NEXT

The Sooners begin Big 12 play on March 22-24 with a three-game series at Texas Tech. 

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