Feb. 5, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - Aided by 19 hits, including two three-run homers, the Oklahoma baseball team pounded Oklahoma Baptist, 13-6, Monday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park in a game rescheduled from Friday. OU (2-1), who dropped to No. 22 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll that was released today, used a six-run fourth inning to break out of its offensive slump that occurred over the last two games. Eight out of the starting nine Sooner batters in the lineup collected a hit, while three players posted three-hit performances. Oklahoma Baptist fell to 0-1 with the defeat in its season opener.
"I think we played really well today," commented junior first baseman Charlie Frasier, who hit one of the two home runs in the game. "We were flat yesterday (against OCU), and today we came out and played with some emotion."
Heading into the bottom half of the fourth inning down by two runs, the Oklahoma offense exploded for six runs on seven hits. Senior catcher Eliot Joyner, freshman designated hitter Ryan Welborn and senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey welcomed OBU relief pitcher Jason Watkins (0-1) to the game with three consecutive singles to begin the inning. Senior shortstop Jason Bartlett followed with a fielder's choice to the pitcher, who gunned Joyner down at home plate, before senior third baseman Greg Dobbs doubled home Welborn and Godsey. Frasier then nailed his second home run in the last three games to account for the next three runs of the frame. Junior second baseman Sergio Garcia hit the second double of the inning to bring home junior rightfielder Zach Harris, who had previously singled, to end the scoring in the fourth for OU.
Bryan King accounted for the final four runs in the game for OU. The senior leftfielder blasted a three-run homer to center field in the sixth inning and then drove in Frasier with a RBI single in the seventh inning. King set a career high in RBIs with four and matched a career-high with three hits in the contest.
Righthander Scott Moore (1-0) was credited with the win after coming on in relief of Sooner starter Matt Sorensen to begin the fourth inning. The junior threw the next three innings and allowed only two hits and an unearned run in his Oklahoma debut.
Oklahoma heads to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend for a three-game set against the No. 25 Alabama beginning Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m.