April 17, 2001
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A CLOSER LOOK AT OKLAHOMA
OU & ASU Square Off In Farm Bureau Insurance Baseball Bash
Oklahoma (15-25) and Arizona State (24-13-1) will meet in the second game of the Farm Bureau Insurance Baseball Bash at the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. following game one between Oklahoma State and Gonzaga, which is slated to start at 2 p.m.
The Sooners are coming off of a weekend series loss to the Kansas State Wildcats which dropped them to eighth place in the Big 12 Conference standings.
Last Time Out
Oklahoma salvaged a win in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader against Kansas State with a 6-2 victory in game two at Frank Myers Field. The Wildcats picked up a 5-2 win in game one of the doubleheader to win the weekend series, 2-1.
Oklahoma starting pitcher Austin Mix (1-7) picked up his first win of the season after scattering seven hits, giving up no earned runs, matching a career high with 11 strikeouts and tossing a complete game in the 6-2 game two win. Mix's strikeout total equalled a performance set a year ago against Kansas State.
In game one, after giving up only one run through six innings, OU starting pitcher Evan Greusel (2-4) ran into trouble in the seventh frame. With two outs, Greusel gave up three-straight singles, which led to one run. Senior Austin Coose relieved Greusel and surrendered a three-run homer to rightfielder Pat Maloney (2-for-3) to give KSU the decisive margin of victory.
At The Plate
As a team, Oklahoma is batting .296 with 32 home runs and 216 RBIs ... In Big 12 Conference games, the squad is hitting .299 with 16 home runs and 104 RBIs ... As of April 16, 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 last week was Jason Bartlett ... The senior third baseman batted .467 (7-for-15) with four runs scored and two RBIs ... Bartlett and freshman second baseman Matt Fisher both hit at a .500 clip during the Kansas State series.
On The Mound
The Sooner pitching staff is currently sporting a 5.38 ERA and has allowed 207 earned runs in 346.1 innings pitched ... In Big 12 Conference games only, the staff owns a 5.35 ERA with 107 earned runs given up in 180.0 innings pitched ... As of April 16, OU stood in ninth place in the Big 12 in staff ERA and eighth in league games only ... Through four games last week, the pitching staff posted a 3.44 ERA and allowed only 13 earned runs in 34 innings of work ... It marked the second-consecutive week that the staff combined for an ERA of less than four for an entire week ... Sophomore Austin Mix picked up his first victory of the season and his second complete game of the season in the Sooners' 6-2 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats on Sunday ... Mix has accounted for both of the staff's complete games this season.
* Game time for Saturday's contest versus Texas Tech has been moved to 6 p.m. due to the football team's Red-White scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.
* The Sooner offense has recorded double-digits in the hits column in eight of its last 10 contests.
* Oklahoma dropped its first Big 12 Conference series to Kansas State since 1996.
* Sophomore Austin Mix picked up his first win of the season on Sunday at Kansas State. Mix tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and tossed his second complete game of the season in the 6-2 Sooner victory.
* Freshman second baseman Matt Fisher registered two multi-hit performances in Sunday's doubleheader at Kansas State, including a career-high three hits in game two.
* Senior third baseman Jason Bartlett collected a hit in every game last week, including three multi-hit efforts, in leading the team offensively over the four games with a .467 batting average.
* Chris Haggard, who was hitless in his last 18 at bats (covering a span of 15 games), collected two hits in six at bats last weekend at Kansas State. The junior made a start behind the plate in game one and served as the starting designated hitter in game two of Sunday's doubleheader.
MORE ON OKLAHOMA
Back On Track
After a brief three game rest from starting duties due to recurring shoulder soreness, senior catcher Sean Smith has started the last nine games and is one of the Sooners' leading offensive stars over that stretch. Smith batted .382 (13-for-34) during the nine game stint and scored six runs and drove in 10 more. The Coppell, Texas, native also belted his fourth home run on the season, good for the third-top individual total on the team, in Oklahoma's 6-2 win at Kansas State on Sunday.
His performance since returning to the regular starting lineup has helped raise his batting average, which had dipped to .270 prior to his three-game absence, 36 points. On the year, Smith is batting .306 with 16 runs scored and 22 RBIs.
On The Verge
Junior Rocky Cherry is three appearances shy of breaking Oklahoma's all-time appearances record of 68. Cherry currently sits in sole possession of third place on the list with 66 career appearances. The all-time mark is owned by Casey Mendenhall who pitched for OU from 1990-1992.
The righthander has averaged 26 appearances over his first two seasons with the Sooners and his 31 outings last season stand as fourth-best on the school's single-season appearances list.
AT THE PLATE: ARIZONA STATE
Scouting The Sun Devils
Nationally-ranked Arizona State (24-13-1) begins a three-game road trip covering the Southwest with a single game at New Mexico State on Tuesday night before facing Oklahoma on Wednesday and Oral Roberts on Thursday. Over the last month, Arizona State has struggled totalling a 7-9 record, including a 7-8 record in Pac-10 Conference action.
Offensively, the club has slowed down a bit after getting off to a fast start at the beginning of the season. Over the last 15 games, the Sun Devils' batting average has dipped from the .370 mark to its current average of .337. However, the average is still good enough for tops in the Pac-10. ASU's offensive stats round off with 17 home runs and 321 runs scored. Freshman designated hitter/leftfielder Rod Allen leads all players with a .418 average, while senior catcher Casey Myers leads the club in runs scored with 36 and RBIs with 50.
Sun Devil pitchers are currently registering a 4.68 ERA and have allowed only 174 earned runs in 334.1 innings of work. The staff has struck out 355 batters and is allowing opponents to hit for a .263 average against them. Junior righthander Andy Torres sports a team-best 9-3 record and freshman reliever Aaron Klusman leads the squad in ERA at 2.45.s