Home Runs The Difference In Sooners' 13-9 Win Over Tigers

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 07, 2001

April 7, 2001

Columbia, Mo. - Four Sooners blasted home runs in Oklahoma's 13-9 win over Missouri Saturday afternoon at Taylor Stadium/Simmons Field in Columbia. Senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (2-for-5) headlined the four roundtrippers with his grand slam shot, the first of his career, in the fourth inning to help OU regain a lead that it would never relinquish the rest of the game. Senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs (4-for-4), junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (2-for-5) and senior first baseman John Erick Munneke (2-for-5) also sent home runs out of the yard on the afternoon for OU, who improved to 13-22 overall and 7-10 in the Big 12 Conference with its third-straight win. Missouri dropped to 20-13-1 overall and 7-10 in the league with the loss.

OU's offense was the story of the game. The team registered its fifth-straight multiple-hit game by collecting 17 hits and recorded its first four home run performance of the season. Dobbs was perfect at the plate for the second time this season and fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle for the second time this week. The Moreno Valley, Calif., native finished today's game with a single, two doubles, and a solo home run (in the eighth inning). On Tuesday, Dobbs needed only a single to complete the rare feat.

Oklahoma senior pitcher Austin Coose (4-2) picked up his second win in a week after working 3.1 innings in relief of Austin Mix. Coose held the Tigers to three hits and two runs and was relieved in the seventh inning by freshman closer Mark Roberts who held Missouri scoreless over the final three frames to earn his third save on the year.

With OU trailing 7-4 entering the top of the fourth inning, Missouri starting pitcher Mitch Kiler (1-3) loaded the bases, with no outs, on a single by senior rightfielder Eliot Joyner (1-for-2), a hit-by-pitch on freshman second baseman Matt Fisher's (2-for-4) at bat and a walk to senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (1-for-5). Bartlett then stepped to the plate and smashed a towering home run shot to center field to plate all four runs and give the Sooners back the lead at 8-7.

Oklahoma extended its lead to 12-7 in the sixth inning when the offense spotted three more runs. Two of the runs came courteousy of Frasier's two-run homer which followed a RBI single by senior catcher Sean Smith (3-for-5) that scored Dobbs from second base.

The Sooners tagged the Tigers early for multiple runs in the first inning for the second-straight game. Godsey led off the game, as he did in game one of the series, by reaching base on an error, this time by the Tiger second baseman Luke Cassis (1-for-5). After Godsey stole second base and two were away, Smith doubled home Godsey and Dobbs, who was awarded first base after being hit by a pitch in the previous at bat. Frasier then drove in Smith on a single to grab an early 4-0 OU advantage.

OU surrounded their explosions in the first and fourth innings with single runs in the third and fifth innings. Dobbs drove in Bartlett, who had reached third base on a single, wild pitch and balk, to account for Oklahoma's lone run in the third frame and Munneke blasted his first career home run, a solo shot, to lead off the fifth inning.

With the Sooners leading 2-0 in the series, OU will look for the sweep tomorrow when the two teams face each other at 1 p.m. at Taylor Stadium/Simmons Field.



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