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Softball Preview | Here’s What You Need To Know About Bedlam

M. Hofeld

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Update:

#1 Oklahoma, 42-5 vs. #12 Oklahoma State, 37-11

Friday: (Stillwater) Fox Sports Plus 6:00 PM

Saturday: (Norman) ESPN 7:00 PM

Sunday: (Stillwater) FSN 3:00 PM

Series History

The Sooners lead the all-time series with the Cowgirls with an 90-70 record. Although OU holds the advantage in Norman (41-21), OSU leads in Stillwater (33-31). The Sooners have more wins over the Cowgirls than any other team in program history and head coach Patty Gasso has more wins vs. OSU than any other team with 61.

Oklahoma has won 20 straight games in the Bedlam Series and 23 of the past 24 matchups. The last loss for OU in the series came in Stillwater on April 27, 2011.

The Sooners have also won seven consecutive series vs. Oklahoma State.

Championship Implications

For the third year in a row, the Bedlam series will decide the Big 12 regular season champion. Oklahoma can secure the crown with one win, while Oklahoma State can end OU’s run of seven straight championships with a three-game sweep.

The Untouchables

All three of OU’s primary pitchers rank in the top 10 nationally in strikeouts per seven innings pitched. Shannon Saile ranks second in the country (11.4 K/7 IP), while Giselle Juarez is seventh (9.83) and Mariah Lopez is ninth (9.81).

All three are in the top 15 in strikeout-to-walk ratio. Saile is second (8.75 K/BB), Juarez is seventh (7.04) and Lopez is 14th (6.00).

Overall, the Sooner pitching staff ranks second in the country in ERA (1.21) behind only UCLA’s 1.16 ERA. Saile’s average is eighth nationally at 1.09 while Lopez’s 1.11 ERA is close behind in ninth. Juarez ranks 23rd at 1.40.

National Player of the Year?

Oklahoma senior Sydney Romero is proving to be one of the best players in the country this season. She currently ranks fourth in Division I softball in total bases (136), 15th in runs per game (1.11) and slugging percentage (.861), 20th in home runs (16), 23rd in batting average (.430) and 25th in strikeout rate (26.3 at-bats per strikeout).

Additionally, Romero is on the verge of breaking five OU career records, ranking second in the following career categories: at-bats (800), hits (298), doubles (54), total bases (518) and sacrifice flies (12).

Freshman of the Year?

Utility player Grace Green has been named one of 25 candidates for the 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year. Green is one of just two freshmen from the Big 12 to be named a finalist for Freshman of the Year, joining Texas pitcher Shealyn O’Leary. This is the sixth season that the NFCA will name a Freshman of the Year; Oklahoma’s Paige Parker (2015) and Jocelyn Alo (2018) have both received the award.

In conference games this season, Green currently leads the Big 12 in slugging percentage (1.068), home runs (8), RBIs (24) and total bases (47) while ranking third in batting average (.455) and on-base percentage (.519).

#1 In More Than Just The Polls

Oklahoma leads the nation in the following statistical categories: batting average (.366), fielding percentage (.987), home runs per game (1.96), on-base percentage (.457), runs per game (8.15), shutouts (21), slugging percentage (.681), strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.82) and win-loss percentage (.957).

The Streak

Oklahoma has won 35 consecutive games, a program record and the nation’s longest active streak. It marks the third time in program history that the Soobers have strung together 30 straight wins.

The 35 straight wins are tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in NCAA Division I Softball history.

The Sooners have also won 40 straight Big 12 games, marking a program and a Big 12 record.

OU was undefeated in both March (19-0) and April (13-0).

Dangerous In The Batter’s Box

Oklahoma’s offense leads the nation in batting average (.366), on-base percentage (.457), slugging percentage (.681), runs per game (8.15) and home runs per game (1.96).

During their 35-game win streak, the Sooners have scored a total of 293 runs (8.37 per game) while only surrendering 35 (1.00 per game).

Dangerous In The Field As Well

After last weekend, Oklahoma’s defense led the country with a fielding percentage of .987. The Sooners have only committed 14 errors in 2019, including just four in Big 12 play.

Home On The Road

Friday marks the end of an 11-game road swing that will stand as the longest streak of true road games under 25th-year head coach Patty Gasso.

By Sunday the Sooners will have played 38 of 51 games this season on the road or at neutral sites.

Oklahoma will play just 13 games at Marita Hynes Field in 2019.

Perfect At Home

Ahead of Saturday’s Bedlam game in Norman the Sooners are 12-0 at home this season.

Conference Dominance

The Sooners went 18-0 in conference play in 2018, marking their first undefeated conference season in program history. As the Bedlam Series approaches they are three wins away from duplicating last year’s record.

OU has finished first in the Big 12 over the past seven seasons with a combined record of 116-13. Prior to OU’s current run of seven straight regular-season titles, no team had ever won more than two consecutive titles.

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