April 1-3 / 6 p.m./6 p.m./1 p.m. CT / Marita Hynes Field
• The No. 1 Oklahoma softball team returns to Norman for a three-game conference series with Kansas, April 1-3 in Norman. Thursday and Friday game times are set for 6 p.m. CT while Saturday’s first pitch is slated for 1 p.m.
• All three games will be shown via SoonerSports.tv (subscription required). All the weekend action can also be heard on The Franchise 2 in Oklahoma, 1560 AM and 103.3 FM. Additionally, Saturday’s game will be available on The Franchise (107.7 FM). Fans outside of Oklahoma can listen live on the TuneIn app.
• Single-game tickets for the remainder of the 2021 home slate are sold out. Attendance will continue to operate at a limited capacity at approximately 25%.
• OU is one of only two unbeaten teams in the country (Hartford, 2-0) and the only power-five conference team without a blemish on its schedule.
• Oklahoma’s 25-0 start is the best unbeaten streak to start a season in program history, recently surpassing the 23-0 start from the 2007 team. The Sooners also hold a nation-best 32-game win streak dating back to 2020.
CONFERENCE PLAY CONTINUES
• The top-ranked Sooners opened conference play March 26-28 in Ames, Iowa, with a three-game sweep of then-receiving votes Iowa State. OU won game one 9-7, before two run-rule victories Saturday (10-2, 6 inn.) and Sunday (22-2, 5 inn.) to complete the sweep.
• Oklahoma has won 46 consecutive Big 12 regular season games, with its last loss coming against Baylor on April 23, 2017. The streak is the longest in program history.
• OU is undefeated in their last 55 conference series (50-0-4 in that span) and have not lost a conference series since 2011.
• Winner of the last eight regular season Big 12 championships, the Oklahoma softball team topped the 2021 Big 12 Preseason Coaches’ Poll and looks to make it nine straight regular season titles in 2021.
• OU has finished first in the Big 12 over the past eight seasons with a combined record of 134-13. Prior to OU’s current run of eight straight regular season titles, no team had ever won more than two consecutive.
• Overall, the Sooners have 18 Big 12 titles with 12 regular season crowns and six Big 12 tournament championships, all under head coach Patty Gasso. OU claimed the last completed tournament championship in 2018 for the second year in a row (tournament was not finished in 2019 due to inclement weather).
• In 2019, the last year Big 12 conference softball contests were played due to the cancellation of the 2020 season prior to conference play, the Sooners became the first program to finish Big 12 play undefeated in back- to-back seasons.
LAST TIME THEY MET
• The Sooners and Jayhawks last met April 12-14, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan., for the second Big 12 series of the season for both teams. OU swept KU, winning all three games in shutout fashion, 10-0 (6), 5-0, 8-0 (6).
• Giselle Juarez threw a one-hit, 11 strikeout, complete game in the first contest of the weekend. In the box, Grace Green went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a home run. Caleigh Clifton also homered in the contest, while Sydney Romero registered a pair of RBIs. The Sooners also drew 11 walks in the game, the second time in as many years OU had drawn 10-plus walks against the Jayhawks.
• Mariah Lopez threw a one-hit shutout to lead the Sooners to a 5-0, series-clinching win in game two. Lopez struck out eight in the game and walked a pair. Romero finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and a walk. Shay Knighten registered a pair of RBIs that put the Sooners on the board.
• In game three, OU blasted four home runs to secure the sweep over the Jayhawks. Freshman Grace Green went 2-for-2, sending both of her hits out of the park. She scored two runs and drove in four while drawing a pair of walks. Romero and Clifton also homered in the contest. Romero went 2-for-3 overall while Clifton finished with three RBIs.
• In the circle for game three, Shannon Saile scattered three hits over four shutout innings. She struck out seven batters while improving to 8-1 on the year.
ALL THE NUMBERS
• Oklahoma’s offense leads the country in…
- Home runs: 84 (23 better than second-place Arkansas’ 61)
- Home runs per game: 3.36 avg.
- Batting average: .461
- On base percentage: .535
- Slugging percentage: .902
- Runs: 308 (12.32 per game avg.)
• The Oklahoma defense holds fifth in the country with a .984 fielding percentage.
• OU’s pitching staff is second in the country with 13 shutouts. The staff ranks 13th with a 1.48 ERA.
• Oklahoma holds the top two run single-game run totals of 2021 with 33 in its victory over New Mexico Feb. 27 and 29 in its season opener over UTEP.
• 13 Sooners have hit a home run already this season, with 10 players blasting at least two. Senior captain Lynnsie Elam and junior Grace Green each hit their second home runs of the season last week against Iowa State.
• As a team, OU has hit at least one home run in all 25 games of the 2021 season and has hit at least two in 23 of the 25 contests.
• Oklahoma has won by run rule in 18 of its 25 games.
• Oklahoma set an NCAA single-game home run record with 13 in the season opener versus UTEP, a 29-0 (5 inn.) run-rule victory. The team tied the NCAA record for homers in an inning with five in the first and fifth innings of the game.
• Freshman Tiare Jennings and junior Grace Lyons tied the school record for home runs in a game with three a piece against the Miners in the season opener.
• Oklahoma registered a program-best 28 hits in its 33-4 victory over New Mexico on Feb. 27 in Phoenix.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME, JOCELYN ALO?!
• Senior utility player Jocelyn Alo leads the country with 21 home runs in OU’s 25 games. The Hawaii native has hit a homer in 19 of OU’s 25 games, including two grand slams and two multi-HR games.
• Alo continues to move up the program record book for career home runs. She blasted two home runs in OU’s Friday game vs. Iowa state last week to bring her career mark to 75. The NCAA HR record holder Lauren Chamberlain ranks first in program and NCAA history with 95.
• The slugger tied the NCAA record for consecutive games with a home run at seven from March 7 vs. Sam Houston through OU’s first matchup with Iowa State on March 26.
• Alo and Chamberlain share the OU single-season HR record at 30 home runs, Chamberlain doing so twice (’12, ’13) and Alo hitting the 30 mark her freshman season in 2018.
• More of Alo’s eye-popping numbers:
- First in the country with 21 home runs, four better than second place.
- Averaging a home run ever 3.29 at-bats.
- Has homered in seven of OU’s last nine games and 19 of OU’s 25.
- Ranks first out of players that have played at least 20 games with a .565 batting average.
- NCAA-leading 1.551 slugging percentage (out of players that have registered at least 30 at-bats).
- Currently on a program-record 38-game consecutive hitting streak dating back to Feb. 21, 2020 vs. Texas A&M. The NCAA record for consecutive game hitting streak is 43 by Sara Graziano of Coastal Carolina (April 8, 1993- March 24, 1994).
NO LET UP IN OU LINEUP
• Along with Alo’s astronomical offensive output, plenty of other Sooners are showing their power at the plate in 2021 to help OU pace the country in every major offensive category.
• Six Sooners who have registered at least 30 AB are hitting .500 or better:
• A look at freshman Tiare Jennings’ offensive numbers:
- Third in the country with 15 home runs, first out of all NCAA freshmen and one of just two freshmen with 10-plus home runs
- Seventh in the country in hits with 42
- Third in the country in batting average (out of players that have played 20 or more games): .512
• A look at sophomore Kinzie Hansen’s offensive numbers:
- Fifth in the country with 14 home runs
- Third on the team with 38 hits
- Tied for fifth in the country in batting average (out of players that have played 20 or more games): .507
- Has homered in 11 of OU’s 25 games
• A look at junior Grace Lyons’ offensive numbers:
- Tied for 10th in the country with 10 home runs
- Ranks fifth on the team in hits with 34
• A look at freshman Jayda Coleman’s offensive numbers:
- Fourth in the country in batting average (out of players that have played 20 or more games): .507
- Fourth on the team in hits with 36
- 11-game consecutive hit streak
SEVEN DEEP IN THE CIRCLE
• Not to be outshined by OU’s hitters, the seven-deep Oklahoma pitching staff has put together a solid start to the season, pitching shutouts in 13 of OU’s 25 games.
• The staff has put together two combined perfect games this season plus a no-hitter. Redshirt senior Giselle Juarez, redshirt sophomore Brooke Vestal and freshman Nicole May pitched a perfect game vs. Portland State (2/28). Three OU pitchers, Vestal, freshman Alanna Thiede and sophomore Olivia Rains, combined for OU’s second perfect game of the season vs. Sam Houston, March 7. Juarez, Rains and Shannon Saile combined to throw a no-hitter versus New Mexico Feb. 26, an 8-0 run-rule OU victory.
• The staff holds a 1.48 ERA and has allowed 36 runs in 25 games to go with 187 strikeouts and 66 hits allowed to 46 walks.
• Redshirt senior Shannon Saile ranks fifth in the country with a 0.47 ERA, giving up her first two runs of 2021 last Saturday at Iowa State. Saile boasts 52 strikeouts in 29.2 innings of work to go with seven wins and two saves. Opponents are batting just .077 against the Land O’Lakes, Fla., native.
• Redshirt senior LHP Giselle Juarez paces OU with 61 strikeouts on the year in 46.0 IP to go with eight wins.
• Freshman Nicole May has impressed in her first season of collegiate competition, striking out 44 in 33.1 innings pitched and collecting a team-best nine wins. May holds a 1.47 ERA.
• Sophomores Olivia Rains (13.2), Macy McAdoo (7.0), Alanna Thiede (7.2) and Brooke Vestal (4.2) have all seen action for the Sooners.
UNANIMOUS NO. 1
• This week (3/30) marked the third consecutive week that Oklahoma has been the unanimous choice for No. 1 in the country in the the USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches Poll. The team received 19 of the 20 possible first place votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 after being unanimous in the poll for two straight weeks.
• OU overtook the top spot in the country in both polls after their Week Three performance in Phoenix, Ariz., and have held the No. 1 ranking for five straight weeks since.
• The Sooners’ No. 1 ranking in each poll on March 2 marked the first time since the final week of the 2019 regular season that OU has sat atop both polls.
• The Sooner Club recently launched a fun, new and creative way to support OU student-athletes and the OU Softball and Baseball stadium projects by offering fans the opportunity to join the #LaunchPad. The #LaunchPad is all about #homers. Pledge to donate your own customized dollar amount for every #homer that OU Softball and/or OU Baseball hit in 2021!
• All donations are 100% tax deductible and will be directed to help fund the facility project of your choice – the new OU Softball Stadium Project and/or the OU Baseball Stadium Renovation Project.
• How It Works: Donate an amount to be charged per home run for softball and/or baseball for the 2021 season.
• Include if you’d like to make a gift for every home run hit in the 2021 season or start your pledge as of today.
• Watch the Sooners and cheer us on to victory while supporting future OU facility projects for baseball and softball.
• #Homers hit prior to your gift date will be included in your pledge. Monthly updates on the Pledge Per Home Run Campaign and other important Sooner Club information will be shared throughout the season.
• All donations from the Pledge Per Home Run Campaign will be treated as charitable donations supporting either the OU Softball Stadium Project or the OU Baseball Stadium Renovation Project and are tax-deductible.
• Payment Dates: Each month, we will charge your card on the first business day of the proceeding month for the amount you have elected to pledge per home run multiplied by the number of home runs in that month. (Monthly Payment Dates: Thursday, April 1, 2021; Monday, May 3, 2021; Tuesday, June 1, 2021; Thursday, July 1, 2021)
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