March 3, 2001
Norman, Okla. - Oklahoma starting pitcher Evan Greusel gave the Sooner baseball team a needed lift Saturday afternoon as OU defeated Northwestern, 8-2, at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman. After being shutout by the Wildcats 4-0 in Friday's series opener, Greusel (1-1) helped Oklahoma turn the table on Northwestern by holding the `Cats scoreless through 8.2 innings. The junior hurler finished the contest relinquishing only seven hits as the Sooners improved to 6-9 on the season and the Wildcats dropped to 7-6.
OU claimed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning and held on to the slim lead until the offense exploded for three runs in the bottom of the sixth frame. Freshman leftfielder Ryan Welborn (1-for-3) sparked the rally with a two out base hit. Senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (2-for-4) followed with another single, moving Welborn to third, and senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (2-for-4) drove in Welborn with the third-consecutive base hit of the inning. Senior first baseman Greg Dobbs (2-for-5) continued the hitting barrage with a two-RBI base hit to score Godsey and Bartlett and extend the Sooners' lead to 4-0.
Oklahoma's hot hitting continued the next inning as the team spotted its final four runs in the bottom of the seventh. The first three hitters in the inning got on to load the bases with no outs for OU. Junior catcher Chris Haggard (0-for-3) was responsible for driving in the first run as his fly ball to left field scored senior rightfielder Bryan King (2-for-4) from third. In the next at bat, senior pinch hitter John Erick Munneke (1-for-1) singled and scored junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (0-for-4).
Two batters later, Bartlett hit the Sooners' second sacrifice fly of the inning to drive in freshman second baseman Matt Fisher (0-for-3) and a misplayed fly ball by Dobbs by the Wildcat leftfielder allowed Munneke to score OU's final run.
Four of the Sooners' first five hitters in the lineup collected two-hit performances on the afternoon and OU's defense was flawless in the field as it posted it's second errorless contest of the season.
The three-game set, with the series knotted at 1-1, finishes tomorrow at 12 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.