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Razorbacks set to face Oklahoma

Razorbacks set to face Oklahoma

FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas softball team will look for its first win against a ranked opponent when it takes on No. 9/12 Oklahoma on Wednesday at Bogle Park. First pitch for the midweek contest is set for 4 p.m. On the road last week to begin conference play, Arkansas (18-10, 3-2 SEC) swept a doubleheader against South Carolina behind the bat of center fielder Jessica Bachkora and strong pitching. In Lexington, the Razorbacks fell twice to open the series before capturing a 9-8 victory in the series final behind two home runs from senior third baseman Sandra Smith. As a team this season, Arkansas is batting .249 with 34 home runs while the pitching staff boasts a 2.22 ERA with 157 strikeouts. Oklahoma comes into this week with a 25-6 record and a No. 9/12 national ranking. The Sooners will travel for a game at Tulsa on Tuesday before arriving in Fayetteville. OU will begin Big 12 Conference play this weekend at home against No. 3 Missouri. Oklahoma leads the all-time series with the Razorbacks 15-2 including a 5-1 record in games played in Fayetteville. Last season, the teams split two games with Arkansas earning an 8-7 win in Norman during the regular season before Oklahoma won 21-2 in the NCAA Regional, ending the Razorbacks season. Offensively, Oklahoma is led by senior catcher Lindsey Vandever. Vandever has a .397 batting average with 29 hits, five home runs and 23 RBIs. Freshman first baseman Jessica Shults is batting .326 with a team-high nine home runs and 39 RBIs. Fellow freshman Brianna Turang is 15-17 on stolen base attempts this season. The Sooners are batting .290 as a team with 41 home runs. In the circle, freshman left-hander Keilani Ricketts leads the team with a 15-5 record in 16 starts with a 1.39 team. She has thrown 111 innings this season, the most on the team by a large margin. Ricketts has thrown 12 complete games including five shutouts while recording 135 strikeouts. Sophomore right-hander Kristen Allen has a 1.58 ERA with a 5-0 record in seven starts. The Oklahoma pitching staff has a team ERA of 1.53.Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on KXUA Fayetteville (88.3) and, which will also carry live stats for the game against Oklahoma.Rankings are based on the Softball and USA Today/NFCA collegiate softball polls released Tuesday.

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