March 4, 2001
Norman, Okla. - The Oklahoma baseball team registered a season high in runs as the Sooners defeated Northwestern, 17-6, Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman. OU, who captured its second-straight weekend series by beating the Wildcats in two out of the three games, utilized solid pitching and hitting as six players recorded multi-hit performances and starting pitcher Rocky Cherry (3-1) only allowed three runs in five innings of work. The Sooners, who have won five of their last six contests, improved its record to 7-9, while the `Cats fell to 7-7 on the year.
The Sooner offense scored runs in six of their eight innings at the plate. Junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (2-for-4) got Oklahoma on the scoreboard when his two-run homer helped spot OU three early runs in the first inning.
OU posted single runs in the second and third frames before widening their lead with four runs in the fourth inning. After issuing a leadoff walk and recording the first out of the inning, three Northwestern pitchers failed to get the next six batters out. Senior first baseman Greg Dobbs (3-for-4) began a string of four-consecutive RBI singles in the inning. Dobbs drove in freshman second baseman Matt Fisher (0-for-3) for the first run and Frasier, junior rightfielder Zach Harris (2-for-6) and senior catcher Sean Smith (2-for-3) followed by driving home three more runs to take a 9-1 lead.
The Sooners registered their final eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings, including a five run seventh. In the seventh inning, OU collected five hits, including three doubles. Harris led off the inning with a single and moved to third base when freshman pinch hitter/second baseman Denver Kitch (1-for-2) laced his first career hit, a single, to right field. Senior pinch hitter/leftfielder Eliot Joyner (0-for-1) then drove home Harris on a sacrifice fly to center field. The final three hits in the inning were run-scoring doubles by junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (2-for-4), freshman pinch hitter/centerfielder Ryan Welborn (1-for-1) and senior pinch hitter/first baseman John Erick Munneke (1-for-1).
OU continues its lengthy homestand with a two-game midweek set against Creighton on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both game times are scheduled for 3 p.m. and .50 hotdogs and Cokes will be the featured promotion in both contests.