WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State will host a 3 p.m. doubleheader with No. 1/1 Oklahoma Wednesday at Wilkins Stadium.
The matchup is a rescheduled set of games that were postponed on Mar. 6 due to poor field conditions.
Wichita State is coming off a 1-1 split with conference foe Bradley this past Saturday in another weather-shortened series that had to be moved to Edwardsville, Ill. The Shockers received another pair of strong pitching performances from starters Katie Armagost and Sloan Anderson. Danika Miller and Erin Carney carried the offense in Edwardsville each picking up a pair of hits.
The No. 1-ranked Sooners enter the midweek series sporting a 28-2 record and have posted some of the most impressive individual and team statistics in the nation.
Oklahoma leads the country with a 0.85 ERA led by Michelle Gascoigne (0.64) and reigning USA Softball Player of the Year, Keilani Ricketts (1.00). Ricketts is the younger sister of Wichita State assistant coach and former Oklahoma All-American first-baseman Samantha Ricketts.
At the plate Lauren Chamberlain has been arguably the best hitter in the country to this point. Chamberlain leads the country with 16 home runs, a 0.643 on base percentage, and a 1.197 slugging percentage.
Aside from the Ricketts connection with Oklahoma, junior shortstop Ali Vandever will be playing against the Sooners for the first time since transferring to WSU this season. Vandever spent her first two collegiate seasons playing for head coach Patty Gasso and the Sooners helping them reach two Women’s College World Series including a runner-up finish in 2012.
The series with Oklahoma is the beginning of a five-game home stand that concludes with a three-game set Mar. 29-30 against Evansville.