Oklahoma Sooners

Softball Preview | Here’s What You Need To Know About #1 Oklahoma at. #10 Texas

M. Hofeld

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Oklahoma 38-2, 9-0 at Texas 36-9, 7-3

Thursday: 6:00 PM, LHN

Friday: 6:00 PM, LHN

Saturday: 1:00 PM, LHN

Unanimous

This week the Sooners took over the No. 1 ranking in both the USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches Poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25.

Oklahoma is the only program to be ranked every week of the NFCA poll all-time, a run of 362 straight polls.

Not Just #1 In The Polls

OU leads the nation in the following statistical categories: batting average (.374), earned run average (1.20), fielding percentage (.987), on-base percentage (.465), runs per game (8.20), shutouts (19), slugging percentage (.688) and win-loss percentage (.950).

Streaks On The Line

The Sooners have strung together 28 consecutive wins which is the longest active winning streak in Division I softball. The streak marks the seventh time in program history the Sooners have compiled 20 straight wins and is the fourth-longest winning streak in program history. The next longest streaks in the Sooner record books are 29 games (achieved in 2005), 30 games (2018) and 31 games (2016).

In addition, Oklahoma has also won 34 straight Big 12 games, marking an OU and a Big 12 record. Its last conference loss was to Baylor in Norman on April 23, 2017.

No Breaks In This Line Up

Oklahoma’s offense leads the nation in batting average (.374), on-base percentage (.465), slugging percentage (.688) and runs per game (8.20) while ranking second in home runs per game (1.93).

The Sooners have scored at least eight runs in 16 of their last 19 games, reaching 10 runs in 11 of those contests. During their 28-game win streak, the Sooners have scored a total of 238 runs (8.5 per game) while only surrendering 24 (0.86 per game).

Overall, the Sooners have run-ruled 21 opponents and shut out 19 in 2019, outscoring foes 328-46. They have won 30 games by at least five runs and have multiple home runs in 23 games.

If the season were to end at this point, the 2019 Sooners’ batting average and slugging percentage would both rank first in OU program history.

They Can Play The Field As Well…

After last weekend’s series, at Kansas, Oklahoma’s defense led the country with a fielding percentage of .987. The Sooners have only committed 12 errors in 2019 and have been error-free in their last eight games.

…And Dominate From The Circle

All three of OU’s primary pitchers rank in the top 15 nationally in strikeouts per seven innings pitched. Shannon Saile ranks second in the country (12.6 K/7 IP), while Giselle Juarez is 12th (9.70) and Mariah Lopez is 14th (9.68).

Saile currently leads Division I softball with a 9.80 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Juarez is 17th in the country with 6.10 K/BB, while Lopez is 27th with 5.38 strikeouts per walk.

Overall, the Sooner pitching staff leads the country with an ERA of 1.20, with Lopez and Saile tied for sixth individually (1.03) and Juarez at 36th (1.52). Additionally, the Sooners rank second nationally in strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.36 K/BB)

Series History

Oklahoma leads the all-time softball Red River Rivalry 42-24, including a 14-9 mark in Austin. The Sooners have won the last 15 meetings and the last six conference series (2012-2017). Texas last won a series against the Sooners in 2009 when the Longhorns won both games in Austin.

This week marks the first time since 2013 the rivals have met while both ranked by the NFCA. All-time, Texas holds a 19-13 advantage over Oklahoma when both teams are ranked.

OU’s 15 consecutive wins against UT is the longest winning streak by either team in the all-time Red River Rivalry. In 2018, the Sooners swept the Longhorns in Norman, sealing the weekend with a 5-4, walk-off win in the eighth inning. Oklahoma then run-ruled Texas 10-1 in six innings during pool play of the 2018 Big 12 Tournament.

Not Going To Be Amateurs Much Longer

Oklahoma softball senior infielders Sydney Romero, Caleigh Clifton and Shay Knighten were each selected in the National Pro Fastpitch League Draft on Monday night.

Three selections in the draft matches the second-most in one year in OU program history, also achieved in 2008 and 2018. In 2013, four Sooners were drafted.

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