Feb. 19, 2001

A CLOSER LOOK AT OKLAHOMA

Sooners Look To End Skid At TCU

The baseball team heads to Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday looking to end its current six-game losing streak at TCU. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at the TCU Diamond. The contest will serve as OU's final non-conference competition before they begin Big 12 Conference play this weekend against Kansas.

Last Time Out

Leading 8-6 heading into the top of the ninth inning, Oregon State scored four runs to come from behind and defeat Oklahoma Sunday afternoon at the San Diego Baseball Classic. Errors plagued the Sooners for the second-straight game as the OU defense committed seven in the game. OU's losing streak extended to six games as the Sooners finished the tournament winless at 0-3. Matt Sorensen (0-2), who surrendered the winning Beaver runs in the ninth inning, suffered the loss for the Sooners. Only one of the four deciding runs was earned as two Oklahoma errors in the frame led to three unearned runs. Designated hitter Sean Smith capped off a 2-for-4 performance with his first career home run in the seventh inning. The shot scored three runs and gave the Sooners a brief two run-lead over the Beavers. Junior rightfielder Zach Harris, who was named to the all-tournament team, led OU offensively with a 3-for-5 day at the plate with two runs scored and a RBI.

At The Plate

As a team, Oklahoma is batting .288 (89-for-309) with 11 home runs and 51 RBIs ... As of Feb. 19, Oklahoma's batting average stood sixth best in the Big 12 Conference ... Seven different players have accounted for the 11 home runs ... Junior first baseman Charlie Frasier leads all Sooners with three homers ... Oklahoma is being out-scored 52-70 and out-hit 89-103 by the opposition ... During the San Diego Baseball Classic, the Sooners batted .299 (29-for-97) with six extra base hits and five stolen bases ... For the second-consecutive week, the team's leading hitter was junior rightfielder Zach Harris who hit .455 (5-for-11) with three runs scored and one RBI ... Bryan King ranks among the league leaders in several categories ... The senior leftfielder is tied for sixth place in doubles (4), tied for ninth in RBIs (11) and tied for fourth in stolen bases (5).

On The Mound

The Sooner pitching staff is currently sporting a 5.51 ERA and has allowed 48 earned runs in 78.1 innings pitched ... OU has struck out 53 batters while issuing 32 walks ... Oklahoma is holding its opponents to a .307 batting average ... As of Feb. 19, the staff's ERA was eighth best in the Big 12 Conference ... Six different pitchers have received starting assignments ... The bullpen has given up 13 unearned runs and allowed five inherited runners to score ... Righty Austin Mix leads all hurlers with 16 strikeouts ... The sophomore also owns a 8:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

AT THE PLATE: TCU

Scouting TCU

After beginning the season 3-4, TCU has won four of its last five games to improve to 7-5 overall. The Horned Frogs are coming off of a three-game sweep of Hawai'i-Hilo at home in which they outscored the opposition by a margin of 32-3. TCU has found its success through a combination of solid hitting and pitching. As a team, the Horned Frogs are batting .336 with eight home runs and 90 RBIs, while the pitching staff owns a 4.05 ERA and has struck out 81 batters in 100 innings pitched. Sophomore first baseman Walter Olmstead leads all regular starting players with a .420 batting average, three home runs and is tied for the team-lead in RBIs with 16. All three regular starters sport ERAs of less than 2.75, led by senior righthander Chris Bradshaw who is sporting a 2-1 record and a 2.31 ERA over four starts. Bradshaw has also fanned a team-high 19 batters in 23.1 innings pitched.

MORE ON OKLAHOMA

Rightfielder Zach Harris was named to the San Diego Classic all-tournament team following his weekend performance in which he led the Sooners in hitting with a .455 clip (5-for-11) over the three games. The junior collected a hit in every game, including a team-best 3-for-5 effort in Sunday's game against Oregon State in which he scored two runs and drove in one. Harris finished the weekend with three runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base.

Slugging Outfielders

Through OU's first nine contests, the team's best offensive performers all roam the outfield. Centerfielder Jerome Godsey leads the team in batting average at .429, followed by rightfielder Zach Harris and leftfielder Bryan King with averages of .412 and .344, respectively. Godsey also leads the team in on-base percentage (.467), while Harris leads the team in hits (14). King is the team's top performer in five categories, including slugging percentage (.625), RBIs (11), doubles (4), triples (1) and total bases (20). Each member of the trio has hit a home run on the season. In addition, they have combined to account for over half of the team's stolen base total.

Surprise Performer

Senior Sean Smith, who joined the 2001 squad in the fall after being absent from college baseball for a couple of years, has become the team's top performer in the designated hitter role this season. Smith has been the Sooners' starting designated hitter over the last four games and batted .308 (4-for-13) with a home run and four RBIs. Smith is also the team's second-leading RBI producer over the four-game span.