Feb. 25, 2001
Norman, Okla. - Oklahoma swept both games of a Sunday doubleheader from Kansas, 4-3 and 10-4, to complete a three-game sweep in its Big 12 Conference opening series at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The sweep marked the first time OU has swept KU in a three-game series since 1997. The Sooners, who committed only one error in the first game and none in the second, improved to 3-0 in the Big 12 and 5-8 overall. The Jayhawks fell to 6-4 overall and 0-3 in the league with the three-consecutive losses.
"It was real important to get off to a good start in conference play," commented OU Head Coach Larry Cochell at the end of the doubleheader. "These wins also helped us get our confidence back. I was real impressed with our defense and how we limited our errors this weekend."
Oklahoma fought back in the ninth inning from a 3-1 deficit in the first game. Junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (2-for-4) and senior catcher Sean Smith (1-for-2) led off the Sooners' half of the ninth with consecutive singles. Both baserunners were advanced on a sacrifice bunt by junior rightfielder Zach Harris (0-for-3) and then driven home on triple by senior leftfielder Bryan King (1-for-4) to tie the game. Junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (1-for-4) then delivered a game-winning single to score King.
Senior righthanded hurler Austin Coose evened his record at 1-1 on the season with the win in game one. Coose pitched the top of the ninth inning in relief of starter Evan Greusel who pitched eight innings and surrendered only eight hits and two earned runs while striking out six.
In game two, the Sooner offense exploded with 10 runs, five on three home runs, while four OU hurlers held KU to only four runs on four hits. Senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (3-for-4) led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo homer to get the Sooners on the scoreboard early. Trailing Kansas 4-1 in the third frame, Oklahoma spotted four runs in the inning, three on a home run by Frasier(1-for-4), to claim the lead in the game for good.
The Sooners used a four-run fifth inning to increase their lead to 9-4. OU led off the inning with three-straight singles by Godsey, senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (2-for-3) and senior first baseman Greg Dobbs (2-for-4), which scored Godsey from third. A base hit by Harris (1-for-4) drove in Bartlett, a misplayed ball by the Kansas third baseman allowed Dobbs to score and Garcia (2-for-4) to reach base and junior catcher Chris Haggard (0-for-3) lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Harris.
Garcia capped off the Sooners' scoring in the eighth inning with his first career home run, a solo shot.
OU's Matt Sorensen pitched 3.2 innings of relief to pick up the win and improve to 1-2 on the season. Sorensen allowed only one earned run on one hit to shut the Jayhawks down. Sophomore righthander Brandon Hankins and freshman righty Mark Roberts combined to hold KU hitless and scoreless over the final three innings.
Oklahoma hits the road on Tuesday for a single game against Texas Arlington at 2 p.m.