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Softball Preview | Here’s What You Need To Know About #2 Oklahoma vs. Baylor

M. Hofeld

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Oklahoma 32-2, 3-0 vs. Baylor 15-8, 2-5

Friday: 6:30, FS1

Saturday: 7:00 PM, ESPN

Sunday: 12:00 PM, FSOK

After sweeping Utah last weekend, in a two-game series, the Sooners are back in the hunt for an eighth consecutive Big 12 championship when they host the Baylor Bears this weekend.

With two games on national television, this marks the only full conference series the Sooners will play in Norman this season. OU will host OSU on May 4th for one of the three Bedlam games.

Streaks On The Line

The Sooners are heading into this series riding a 22-game winning streak.

Oklahoma has won its last 28 consecutive conference games.

OU is 9-0 at home this season, and are on a 43-game home winning streak.

Series History

Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Baylor 60-13, including a 23-7 mark in Norman.

The last time the Sooners lost a conference game was against the Bears on April 23, 2017.

Explosive Bats

Oklahoma’s 2019 offensive output ranks among the best in program history. Dating back to 2004, no Sooner team has hit 65 home runs through 34 games, and only the 2015 squad had more run-rules (18) and runs scored (325) in that span.

Five of Oklahoma’s starters are currently batting above .400 this year: Sydney Romero, Fale Aviu, Grace Green, Nicole Mendes and Caleigh Clifton. All five rank in the top seven in the Big 12 and in the top 100 nationally.

Backing Up The Pitchers

After last weekend, Oklahoma’s defense ranked third nationally with a fielding percentage of .984. The Sooners have only committed 12 errors in 2019, including a 13-game error-free streak from March 1-22.

Dominating From The Circle

Oklahoma’s three most used pitchers all rank top 20 nationally in strikeouts per seven innings pitched. Shannon Saile leads the country, averaging 13.0 K/7IP, while Mariah Lopez ranks 13th with 10.1 K/7IP. Giselle Juarez sits in 18th (9.4 K/7IP).

Overall, the Sooner pitching staff ranks second Division I softball with an ERA of 1.25, with Lopez ranking 14th individually (1.22), Saile in 15th (1.24) and Juarez at 20th (1.32). Additionally, the Sooners rank second in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.27)

Run-Rule Regulars

Overall, the Sooners have run-ruled 17 opponents and shut out 14 in 2019, outscoring foes 274-41.

Each of Oklahoma’s last four games have ended in a run-rule victory, with a combined score of 47-7.

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