NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma softball will open its lone conference series at home against Baylor on Friday. The Sooners will try to extend their 22-game win streak, as well their 28-game win streak over Big 12 opponents.
Here are four things to know before the series.
1. OU's road-heavy conference slate wasn't by design. The Sooners face Baylor in their only three-game conference home series this season, which is a result of a scheduling change last year.
“Iowa State should (have played) here this year, but they came here last year,” OU coach Patty Gasso said recently. “It’s hard to travel, but these guys are in good shape and they’re really good on the road, so I don’t have many concerns.”
Snow forced the teams to move the series to Norman in 2018, and OU will play a series in Ames, Iowa, in both 2019 and 2020 as a result.
OU's only other Big 12 home game is against Oklahoma State on Saturday, May 4.
2. The teams enter the series on different trajectories. The Sooners have won four consecutive games in run-rule fashion and scored at least 10 runs in each of those games.
Blowout victories have been a trend this season for OU, which has run-ruled 17 teams and won 25 games by at least five runs so far in 2019.
The Bears, on the other hand, have lost five of their last six entering the series at Marita Hynes Field and have fallen to a sub-.500 record.
3. OU’s bats are some of the best in the country. The Sooners lead the nation in batting average (.378), on-base percentage (.466) and home runs per game (1.91) while scoring 8.06 runs per outing.
Fale Aviu, Caleigh Clifton, Grace Green, Nicole Mendes and Sydney Romero rank in the top seven for batting average in the Big 12 and top 100 nationally. The five Sooners are currently batting above .400 so far this season.
4. OU hasn’t lost a home game since the 2017 season, which included a 4-3 loss to Baylor on April 23, 2017. The Bears were the No. 15-ranked team in the country at the time, handing the Sooners their last loss to a ranked team in Norman.
The Sooners haven’t lost to an unranked opponent at home since North Dakota State beat OU in 10 innings on May 19, 2017.
• Game: Baylor (15-18, 2-5 Big 12) at Oklahoma (32-2, 3-0 Big 12)
• Time: 6:30 p.m.
• Place: Marita Hynes Field
• TV: FS1
• Radio: KEBC 1560 AM
• Saturday: vs. Baylor (7 p.m. on ESPN, at Marita Hynes Field)
• Sunday: vs. Baylor (12 p.m. on FSOK, at Marita Hynes Field)