OU Heads to Waco for Doubleheader
April 27 / 4 p.m./6:30 p.m. CT / Waco, Texas
• No. 1 Oklahoma makes a quick turnaround from their series sweep over Texas Tech for a Tuesday doubleheader at Baylor in Waco, April 27.
• The Sooners and Bears face off at 4 p.m. CT for game one before a scheduled start time of 6:30 p.m. for game two.
• Both games will be shown to a national audience on ESPNU with Beth Mowins and Michele Smith on the call.
• The action can be heard on The Franchise 2 (103.3 FM, 1560 AM) in Oklahoma and nationwide on the TuneIn app with OU play-by-play announcer Chris Plank calling the action.
LAST TIME OUT
• OU is coming off a three-game sweep of Texas Tech (15-0, 5-0, 20-0) in Norman on senior weekend.
• The Sooners outscored Tech 40-0 in the three-game series and outhit the Red Raiders 34-8.
• Oklahoma sent its three redshirt seniors, Giselle Juarez, Nicole Mendes and Shannon Saile, out with a bang in the finale on Sunday, scoring 18 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 20-0, five-inning win.
• Saile registered an OU career-high 13 strikeouts in Saturday’s game two, giving up just three hits in a complete-game shutout performance.
• Sunday’s fourth inning marked the most runs scored in an inning in program history and tied for the second most in NCAA history, second only to College of Charleston’s 29 on Feb. 11, 2004 (2nd inn.) vs. Savannah State and sharing the mark with Canisius’ 18 mark on May 1, 1985 (2nd inn.) vs. Roberts Wesleyan.
• Oklahoma hit two home runs in an inning for the second consecutive game and the 26th time of 2021.
• Sunday’s game was the 19th of the season in which OU has hit three-plus home runs.
• It was the fifth game this season Oklahoma has put up 20-plus runs.
• Sunday’s contest was OU’s 28th run-rule victory of 2021, recently surpassing the program record for run rules in a season (25, 2019 & 2013).
• Oklahoma brought its shutout tally to 20 on the season, an NCAA best in 2021.
• The Sooners put up 10-plus runs in one inning for the sixth time of 2021.
• Senior Taylon Snow’s second home run of the season in the fourth inning makes it 11 Sooners with multiple home runs in 2021.
• Senior Jocelyn Alo recorded six RBIs Sunday, the most for a Sooner since freshman Tiare Jennings brought in six in the third game of the Iowa State series on March 28. It was the third time this season a Sooner has batted in six runs, with Jennings’ accomplishing the feat twice and Alo once.
• Sunday’s game marked the third game of Alo’s career with six-plus RBIs (7 vs. Loyola Marymount, March 14, 2019; 6 vs. Texas Tech March 25, 2018).
• Nicole Mendes hit her second triple of the season in Sunday’s game, bringing her career triple number to 13, good for third most in program history and just four behind the program-record 17 from Tammy Allard (1979-81).
• Senior Jana Johns hit a home run in her third consecutive game Sunday, one in all three of the series. It marks the second time in Johns’ career she has accomplished feat, doing so in all three games of a series at Missouri May 3-5, 2019, in her sophomore season with South Carolina.
• The top-ranked Sooners are 12-0 through four Big 12 conference series. OU has swept Iowa State (March 26-28) in Ames while sweeping Kansas (April 1-3), No. 7/8 Texas (April 16-18) and Texas Tech (April 24-25) in Norman.
• Oklahoma has won 55 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 58 conference series (54-0-4 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 140-13. 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.
A LOOK AT THE BEARS
• Baylor is guided by head coach Glenn Moore in his 21st season at the helm of the program. Moore holds a 799-390 record in Waco.
• Out of players who have played at least 30 games, sophomore outfielder Lou Gilbert paces the team with a .359 batting average to go with 19 RBIs and four home runs and 10 doubles. Senior Goose McGlaun leads the team with five home runs to go with a .336 batting average and team-best 24 RBIs.
• Senior RHP Gia Rodoni leads the pitching staff with 106.0 innings pitched and 101 strikeouts to 32 walks. Rodoni holds a 3.30 ERA and opponents are batting .286 off the senior.
ALL THE NUMBERS
• Oklahoma’s offense leads the country in every major offensive category:
• Home runs: 111 (27 better than 2nd-place Arkansas’ 84)
• Home runs per game: 2.92 avg.
• Batting average: .439
• On base percentage: .523
• Slugging percentage: .844
• Runs: 445 (11.71 per game avg.)
• OU is outscoring opponents 445-52 on the season, scoring an average of 11.71 runs per game to opponents 1.37 clip.
• Oklahoma has won by run rule in 28 of its 38 games.
• OU has scored 10-plus runs in one inning six times in 2021.
• 13 Sooners have hit a home run this season, with 11 players blasting at least two.
• The Sooners hold four of the top 10 individual batting averages in the country:
• 2nd – Jayda Coleman – .510
• 4th – Jocelyn Alo – .500
• 8th – Tiare Jennings – .482
• 9th – Grace Lyons – .480
• Two of the top three home run hitters in the country reside in Norman.
• 1st – Alo: 24
• 3rd – Jennings: 21
• As a team, OU has hit at least one home run in 36 of its 38 games this season and has hit at least two in 32 of the 38 contests.
• The Sooners 111 HR mark in 2021 is already good for second in program history for a single season (Record is 115: 2019)
• Oklahoma has hit two-plus home runs in one inning 26 times this season, including three or more seven times and four-plus in one inning four times.
• The Sooners have hit back-to-back home runs 12 times in 2021 and back-to-back-to-back blasts three times.
• The Oklahoma defense holds first in the country out of teams that have played at least five games with a .989 fielding percentage and has committed just nine errors on the season. The Sooners last error came nearly a month ago vs. Iowa State on March 26.
• OU’s pitching staff leads the country with 20 shutouts. The staff ranks ninth with a 1.50 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.
• The fourth inning of OU’s game three vs. Texas Tech (4/25) marked the most runs scored in an inning in program history and tied for the second most in NCAA history, second only to College of Charleston’s 29 on Feb. 11, 2004 (2nd inn.) vs. Savannah State and sharing the mark with Canisius’ 18 mark on May 1, 1985 (2nd inn.) vs. Roberts Wesleyan.
• 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.
ALO, JENNINGS TOP 25 FINALISTS FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
• Oklahoma senior utility player Jocelyn Alo and freshman infielder Tiare Jennings have been named two of the 25 finalists for the 2021 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, USA Softball announced Friday.
• No. 1 Oklahoma is one of just five programs in the country to have multiple finalists for the award, considered the most prestigious honor in NCAA Division I softball.
• Alo has paced the potent Oklahoma offense in 2021, holding the nation’s lead with 24 home runs to go with an exceptional slash line of .505/.594/1.229. Her 1.229 slugging clip leads the country and she leads in runs batted in with at 66.
• The senior slugger has homered in 22 of OU’s 38 games, including two grand slams and two multi-home run games. She has successfully reached base in 50 of OU’s last 51 games, including going on a program record 40-game consecutive hit streak dating back to 2020.
• Additionally, Alo 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 March 26. The Hauula, Hawaii, native has 77 career homers, just 18 shy of the OU and NCAA career record for home runs, set by 2015 OU grad Lauren Chamberlain.
• Jennings has had one of the more impressive starts for a freshman in program and NCAA history in 2021. The San Pedro, Calif., native is one of just two freshmen on the top-25 list.
• Jennings has hit 21 home runs and batted in 63 runs on the season, second in the country to Alo in the RBI category and ranking third in home runs. She holds a slash line of .500/.549/1.133 and her slugging clip is third in the nation.
• Jennings has homered in 17 of OU’s 38 games and hit multiple home runs in a game three times, beginning with the season opener at UTEP where she tied a single-game program record with three home runs in her first collegiate game. The frosh has also been exceptional in the field, starting every game of the season at second or third base and holding a .971 fielding percentage with 35 putouts and 31 assists to just two errors.
• The Top 25 will eventually be narrowed down to a Top 10 (announced May 5) and Top 3 (announced May 19) before the winner is announced prior to the start of the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
• Senior utility player Jocelyn Alo leads the country with 24 home runs in OU’s 38 games. The Hawaii native has hit a homer in 22 of OU’s 38 games, including two grand slams and two multi-HR games.
• Alo has moved up the OU record book for career home runs to second in program history with 78. 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:
• 1st in the country with 24 home runs.
• Averaging 0.63 home runs per game and a home run ever 4.54 at-bats
• Ranks sixth in the country with a .505 batting average.
• NCAA-leading 1.229 slugging percentage
• Program record 40-game hit streak dating back to Feb. 21, 2020 vs. Texas A&M came to a close April 3 vs. Kansas. The streak goes down as the third best consecutive game hitting streak in NCAA history, falling just three games shy of the record.
• Alo recently announced she will be returning for her extra year of eligibility in 2022 as a redshirt senior.
• Oklahoma’s freshman trio of Jayda Coleman, Tiare Jennings and Nicole May have put together quite the first-year campaigns as Sooners.
• Jennings, the 2019-20 Gatorade California Softball Player of the Year, is second in the country with 63 RBIs on the year and is second on the team and third in the country with 21 home runs.
• Coleman, the 2019-20 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year out of The Colony, Texas, is tied for the team lead with a .505 batting average and just had her 19 game hit streak snapped last Tuesday.
• Coleman also leads the team with 16 stolen bases on 18 attempts in 2021. She’s tied for third on the team in doubles with seven on the year and has hit five home runs.
• May, the 2018-19 Gatorade California Softball Player of the Year, is tied for second among the OU pitching staff with 11 wins on the season and third in strikeouts behind veterans Giselle Juarez and Shannon Saile with 62 K’s on the year to just 14 walks. She holds an exceptional 1.67 ERA and opponents are batting just .199 against the Pleasanton, Calif., native.
IN THE LYONS DEN
• OU junior Grace Lyons has been known for her savviness in the field, starting all 125 games of her career at short stop for the Sooners dating back to her freshman season in 2019.
• Lyons has a career fielding percentage of .964 and has committed just 11 errors in her OU career and only one in 2021 (.987 FLD%)
• Equally impressive at the plate, Lyons has blasted 12 home runs in 2021 for fourth on the team in a locker room full of big bats.
• Lyons is batting .457 on the year to go with 41 RBIs and 47 runs scored. The junior from Peoria, Ariz., has also hit eight doubles on the year, good for second on the team.
JUAREZ, SAILE LEAD SEVEN-DEEP CIRCLE
• The seven-deep Oklahoma pitching staff has put together a solid season, pitching shutouts in 20 of OU’s 38 games and currently hold a streak of three-straight shutouts.
• 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.
• Along with two perfect games and one no-hitter, the staff has allowed one hit in nine games this season.
• The staff holds a 1.50 ERA and has allowed 52 runs in 38 games to go with 283 strikeouts and 113 hits allowed to 68 walks.
• Redshirt senior Shannon Saile boasts 88 strikeouts in 52.2 innings of work to go with 11 wins and two saves. Opponents are batting just .112 against the Land O’Lakes, Fla., native.
• Redshirt senior LHP Giselle Juarez paces OU with 95 strikeouts on the year in 75.0 IP to go with a team-best 13 wins.
• Freshman Nicole May has impressed in her first season of collegiate competition, striking out 62 in 46.0 innings pitched and collecting 11 wins to one loss. May holds a 1.67 ERA.
• Sophomores Olivia Rains (15.2), Macy McAdoo (7.2), Alanna Thiede (10.1) and Brooke Vestal (7.1) have all seen action for the Sooners.
• 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)