No. 1 OU softball team looks to continue perfect record away from home
The No. 1 Oklahoma softball team will look to stay unbeaten away from Marita Hynes Field as it travels north to take on Wichita State in a double-header beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The Sooners (28-2) are a perfect 20-0 when playing away from home. The top-ranked team will try to extend the streak versus the Shockers (12-15).
Historically, OU has had its way with Wichita State in past meetings — leading the overall series 39-7. This year’s Shocker team has struggled through the early part of the season, but a win over Oklahoma significantly would improve the team’s resume.
Beating the Sooners will not come easy.
In the first RPI rankings of the season released Tuesday, OU was situated at the top. This completed the trifecta of being ranked No. 1 in each of the two major college softball polls and the RPI ratings.
The Shockers were No. 164 in the RPI.
Wichita State’s lack of success can be attributed partly to the team’s deficient hitting.
The Shockers are batting just .239 as a team, ranking in the bottom third of college softball. Their team home run total sits at 10 — OU sophomore Lauren Chamberlain has 16.
Oklahoma pitchers will look to overwhelm Shocker hitters in Wednesday’s pair of games. The OU pitching staff, led by seniors Keilani Ricketts and Michelle Gascoigne, has an ERA of 0.85, leading the nation.
Oklahoma suffered a setback last weekend but has been rolling through its competition lately. The Sooners have run-ruled 12 opponents this season, and the numbers lend to believe more could be coming Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Coach Patty Gasso said no matter who the opponent is, her team always has a target on its back. Knocking off the top-ranked Sooners has been done only twice all season; Wichita State will want to add to that mark.