NORMAN, Okla. -- OU (20-15) has lost three straight and will look to rebound against UT-Arlington (21-19) on Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners were swept by No. 1 Texas over the weekend in Austin and the last time OU was swept (Arizona State), it rebounded to defeat then-No. 22 TCU. The Sooners have not lost more than three games in-a-row this year.
OU returns to the friendly confines of L. Dale Mitchell Park where it is 16-3 this season. First pitch against the Mavericks is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. OU leads the all-time series with UT-Arlington,13-8, and the two have played every year since 1997. In the 1997 season, OU started a string of eight straight victories over the Mavericks until 2002, when UTA started its own winning streak of six games entering today.
The OU versus UTA game will be broadcast live on KOKC (1520 AM) with Chuck Kelly calling the play-by-play. The pre-game show will start 15 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch. All times and availability are subject to change. Live stats will also be available through SoonerSports.com.
GAME TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS
Seats to the game are available for $8 (reserved), $5 (general admission) and $3 (youth and groups of ten or more) at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and at SoonerSports.com. The gates will open an hour and a half before game time. Tuesday will also mark $.50 hot dog and coke night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Overall Record: 22-10, Southland Conference: 9-3 | Rankings: NR
The Mavericks are 2-3 in their last five games, included in that span is a 2-0 win over No. 12 Baylor. In that game, Dillon Gee threw a complete-game four hitter and was honored on Monday as the conference pitcher of th week. UTA has played its share of Big 12 opponents this season and held tight with the competition, posting a 3-4 mark. The Mavericks defeated Baylor for the first time (9-6) back on Feb. 15 and also topped Texas A&M (6-4). The four losses have come to Kansas State (5-4), Texas (5-4) and Texas Tech (8-0, 5-4). Offensively, Nathan Warrick is the long Maverick batting over .300 (37-for-115, .322) and Aaron Batlle leads the club with 30 RBI. Despite Gee’s efforts on the UTA mound (4-3, 5.29 ERA), Jake Baxter stands out as the staff’s ace. Baxter is 7-2 in 11 starts this season and has a team-best 2.08 ERA. He has also struck out 70 batters in 78 innings tossed.
LAST MEETING WITH UTA
Texas-Arlington used a 12-run sixth inning to take a lead it would not relinquish as the Mavericks left L. Dale Mitchell Park with an 18-12 victory over then-No. 20 Oklahoma on March 10. Eight days earlier the Mavericks defeated an OU team ranked No. 16 in Arlington by a 5-4 score. Russell Raley enjoyed succes a year ago at the plate against UTA, going 4-for-9 (RBI) in the two games.
TEXAS POST-SERIES NOTES
After going scoreless in the first two games of the series, OU responded in the finale on Sunday with 11 hits and seven runs but it was not enough to avoid the club’s second sweep of the season (Arizona State).
Chuckie Caufield extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games in Friday’s contest but the streak was snapped on Saturday in the no-hitter. Caufield came right back in the final game of the series, going 1-for-3 with a run scored. He now leads the team with 33 runs scored and is second on the club with a .320 average.
Daniel McCutchen, who made just his second start of the season on Friday, was highly effective as he recorded a career-high ten strikeouts. McCutchen had not started a game since the second contest of the season for OU on 2/12 in Surprise, Ariz. against then-No. 12 Arizona State. On Friday, the hard-throwing righty put together the best outing by an OU hurler this season. He blanked the No. 1Longhorns in his nine innings on the mound, just the second time an OU starter lasted into the ninth (Steven Guerra vs. Texas A&M), and posted the most strikeouts by a Sooner this season while walking just one batter (also hit a batter).
Kody Kaiser’s two-run homer in Sunday’s loss to Texas was just the second homer to be hit by a Sooner this season away from L. Dale Mitchell Park. The only other time a long ball was hit on the road in 2005 was in the season opener against Gonzaga (Joe Dunigan).