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April 3, 2001

A CLOSER LOOK AT OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma Looks For Season Split With TCU

The Oklahoma Sooners (10-22) baseball team will take on the TCU Horned Frogs (20-12) for the second, and final, time this season when the two teams meet on Tuesday. The game is scheduled to start at 6:35 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Oklahoma lost the first game between the two schools, 6-1, earlier in the season at TCU Diamond in Ft. Worth, Texas.

The featured promotion for the game is $.50 hot dogs/Cokes.

Last Time Out

The Oklahoma baseball team suffered a 14-4 loss to No. 8 Nebraska in the series finale at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Sunday afternoon as the Cornhuskers completed a three-game sweep of the Sooners. The game was called after seven innings due to the Big 12 Conference 10-run rule. The Cornhuskers scored in every inning but the fifth inning as the conference's leading offensive club collected 12 hits in the game. Eleven of the runs were scored off of Sooner starting pitcher Austin Mix (0-6) who lasted only 3.2 innings.

For the second game in a row in the series, the OU offense produced a double-digit hit effort. Three Sooners accounted for over half of the hits with three two-hit performances by senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (2-for-4), junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (2-for-4) and senior first baseman John Erick Munneke (2-for-3). Both of Munneke's hits went for doubles and the senior also scored two of the Sooners' four runs on the afternoon.

Freshmen Denver Kitch (1-for-1) and Matt Fisher (0-for-1) drove in OU's first two runs in back-to-back at bats in the second inning. With runners at second and third base, Kitch singled to drive in senior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (0-for-2) from third base and Fisher lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Munneke, who had advanced to third on Kitch's single.

Senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (1-for-4) collected two RBIs in the fourth inning when his single drove in Munneke from second base and brought senior pinch hitter/rightfielder Eliot Joyner (0-for-1) all the way around from first.

At The Plate

As a team, Oklahoma is batting .290 with 24 home runs and 166 RBIs ... In Big 12 Conference games, the squad is hitting .285 with nine home runs and 67 RBIs ... As of April 2, OU stood in fifth place in the Big 12 in hitting and ranked fourth in hitting in conference games only ... OU has pounded out the fifth-most home runs of all the team's in the league ... The team's leading hitter through all three games versus Nebraska was junior shortstop Sergio Garcia ... Garcia batted .417 (5-for-12) and added a run scored and two RBIs ... Senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs ranks fourth in the conference (as of April 2) in hitting (.394), third in hits (54) and tied for sixth in total bases (69) ... Senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey also ranks among the league leaders in batting average (12th - .352) and hits (tied for seventh - 44) ... Junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier stands tied for third in the Big 12 in home runs with seven.

On The Mound

The Sooner pitching staff is currently sporting a 5.83 ERA and has allowed 179 earned runs in 276.1 innings pitched ... In Big 12 Conference games only, the staff owns a 6.12 ERA with 87 earned runs given up in 128.0 innings pitched ... As of April 2, OU stood in 10th place in the Big 12 in staff ERA and ninth in league games only ... Sophomore Austin Mix (as of April 2) ranked tied for second in the Big 12 in games started with nine, tied for fifth in strikeouts with 54 and eighth in innings pitched with 56.0 ... Senior Austin Coose and freshman Mark Roberts appear among the league leaders in appearances with both players tied for fourth with 14 outings ... Junior Rocky Cherry continues to rank among the Big 12's best in wins with five victories which ties him for eighth place.

In A League Of His Own

Sergio Garcia has turned it on offensively this season during Big 12 Conference play. The junior shortstop, who has compiled seven multi-hit efforts in conference action, has gone hitless only once in 15 conference games this season and has compiled a .411 batting average in league games only, which tops the team.

He also leads the club in Big 12 games in RBIs with 16, slugging percentage (.500) and on-base percentage (.459). Garcia's numbers also rank among the Big 12's best in league games only in hits (third - 23), RBIs (tied for second) and on-base percentage (ninth).

DIAMOND NOTES

* Sophomore Brandon Hankins worked a career-high 4.2 innings against No. 8 Nebraska on Saturday. After giving up two hits and allowing three runs to score upon entering the game in relief, Hankins held the Cornhusker offense to two hits and no runs over the next four frames.

* All three of John Erick Munneke's hits this weekend went for doubles. The senior first baseman went 3-for-7 (.429) with two runs scored and one RBI in two starts over the weekend.

* Senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey tied a career high in hits with four against Nebraska on Saturday.

* Junior shortstop Sergio Garcia continues to lead the team in hitting during Big 12 Conference games with a .411 batting average. Garcia batted .417 (5-for-12) this weekend against the 'Huskers with a run scored and two RBIs.

* Two of OU's most consistent hitters this season have been seniors Jason Bartlett and Greg Dobbs. Bartlett has only gone hitless in five games, while Dobbs is hitless in only four and neither player has not gone for more than two games without a hit.

AT THE PLATE: TCU

Scouting The Horned Frogs

TCU enters Tuesday's contest with a 20-12 overall record. Over the last 10 games the Horned Frogs have sported a 7-3 record after winning a season-best seven straight games before dropping their last three to the nationally-ranked Rice Owls.

The Frogs have combined both solid hitting and pitching for their success on the season. Offensively, TCU is hitting at a .318 clip and owns a .502 slugging percentage. Their team speed, which has allowed them to swipe 35 bases, has also allowed them to accumulate 62 doubles and 23 triples this year. Six of TCU's top hitters posess threatening home run power and have each collected three or more round-trippers. Leading the way for the Horned Frogs at the plate is Erick Macha. The junior infielder boasts a team-best .362 average, 21 runs scored and 46 hits.

The TCU pitching staff owns a 3.82 ERA and has surrendered only 116 earned runs in 273 innings pitched this season. The weekend rotation of senior Chris Bradshaw, junior Justin Crowder and senior David Tombrella has accounted for 14 of the Frogs' 20 wins on the season. Bradshaw leads the starters in ERA (2.87) and starts (10), while topping the staff in complete games (2), shutouts (1), innings pitched (62.2) and strikeouts (62).

Last Time Versus TCU

The Oklahoma baseball team dropped its seventh-straight game as the Sooners fell, 6-1, to TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 20. TCU starting pitcher David Tombrella (1-1) held the OU offense to only six hits and one run in eight innings pitched.

Senior catcher Sean Smith (0-for-1), making his first start behind the plate, scored the Sooners lone run of the game in the seventh inning when freshman second baseman Matt Fisher (1-for-3) delivered a RBI single to bring Smith home from second base. Fisher, who recorded his first collegiate hit, was also making his first start of the season at second base.

Senior first baseman Greg Dobbs led the Sooners offensively with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. Junior righthander Evan Greusel (0-1) took the loss for Oklahoma after pitching three innings and surrendering only five hits and three runs in his second start of the season.