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Hansen planning to return from injury against Texas

Apr. 4—Even with an All-American catcher out with injury, Oklahoma has somehow managed to not miss a beat.

Senior Kinzie Hansen was scared when she initially realized she re-aggravated a knee that had forced her to miss the first two weeks of last season. When she heard the positive news that she wouldn't miss significant time due to the injury, she turned her focus to getting back on the field.

Graduate transfer Riley Ludlam took over her spot and quickly adjusted to her new role.

"I'm confident in her abilities and it allowed me to rest and do my rehab and get everything situated," Hansen said. "I'm just really grateful (for her)."

The Sooners have slowly been working Hansen back onto the field, but on Wednesday, she said she expects to be ready to go for this weekend's series against Texas.

The three-game series begins on Friday in Austin at 5:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. The Red River Rivals will meet again on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Sooners are the only team that's still undefeated in Big 12 play and have a three-game lead over Oklahoma State and Texas in the standings.

The Longhorns dropped two of three last weekend to the Cowgirls and have lost their last 16 games against the Sooners. Still, they're near the top of the standings in most hitting statistics this season, are ranked No. 5 and are fourth in RPI.

They average .377 at the plate, which is second nationally only to Oklahoma and have four consistent contributors batting over .400.

Oklahoma has won 16 straight since falling to Louisiana on March 3 and have allowed just five of their last 16 opponents to score more than one run in a game. The Sooners have won 21 games by run rule with 16 shutouts.

Tarik Masri is the sports editor for The Transcript covering OU athletics and area sports. You can reach him by emailing tarik@normantranscript.com