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May 2, 2001
A CLOSER LOOK AT OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma Closes Out Non-Conference Schedule Against UTA
Oklahoma (19-28-1) concludes its non-conference schedule Wednesday night against Texas-Arlington (30-18). The Sooners, who defeated the Mavericks 7-2 earlier this season, will take the field at L. Dale Mitchell Park at 6:35 p.m. OU is scheduled to start senior Matt Sorensen (1-3, 9.72 ERA) on the mound, while UTA is prepared to throw righthander Michael Snapp (4-3, 3.04 ERA). The contest will finish off Oklahoma's non-conference slate for the 2001 season as they head into the final two weekends of Big 12 Conference action.
The Sooners are currently holding on to eighth place in the league standings and have the opportunity to move up in the standings with a successful weekend series against seventh place Iowa State this weekend.
Last Time Out
The Oklahoma baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Centenary College with a commanding 16-7 win over the Gents Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Junior starting pitcher Rocky Cherry became OU's all-time appearance leader with his 69th career outing as he lasted five innings for his seventh win of the season.
Every member of the Sooner starting lineup had a hit as the offense pounded out a collective 20 hits in the game, establishing a new season high. Five players ended the contest with multiple-hit and multiple-runs scored performances, while four of those players also recorded multiple-RBI efforts. Juniors Charlie Frasier (3-for-4) and Sergio Garcia (4-for-6) both finished the game a hit away from hitting for the cycle as Frasier lacked a triple and Garcia a single.
At The Plate
As a team, Oklahoma is batting .300 with 39 home runs and 261 RBIs ... In Big 12 Conference games, the squad is hitting .304 with 18 home runs and 120 RBIs ... As of April 30, OU stood in fifth place in the Big 12 in hitting and second in conference games only ... OU has pounded out the fifth-most home runs of all the team's in the league ... Junior first baseman Charlie Frasier was the team's leading hitter last week ... Frasier batted .533 (8-for-15) for the week with one double, two triples, two home runs and nine RBIs over four games ... Frasier belted his team-leading ninth and 10th home runs this season in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday ... Freshman second baseman Matt Fisher is currently on a 10-game hitting streak ... Fisher is batting .400 (16-for-40) with four runs scored and six RBIs ... Among the Big 12 Conference leaders: Greg Dobbs - batting average (second), hits (first), RBIs (t-fourth), doubles (t-second), total bases (third), on base percentage (10th) and slugging percentage (fifth), Jerome Godsey - batting average (t-12th) and hits (seventh), and Charlie Frasier - home runs (t-fifth) and RBIs (10th).
On The Mound
The Sooner pitching staff is currently sporting a 5.13 ERA and has allowed 239 earned runs in 419.1 innings pitched ... In Big 12 Conference games only, the staff owns a 5.48 ERA with 126 earned runs given up in 207.0 innings pitched ... As of April 30, OU stood in ninth place in the Big 12 in staff ERA and eighth in league games only ... Junior Rocky Cherry tied a career-high eight strikeouts against Centenary on Sunday ... Sophomore Austin Mix has recorded double-digit strikeouts in his last three-consecutive performances ... Among the Big 12 Conference leaders: Mix - strikeouts (third), innings pitched (seventh) and games started (t-second), Mark Roberts - appearances (third), and Brandon Hankins - appearances (t-seventh).
* OU's sweep of Centenary was the Sooners' third three-game sweep of an opponent this season.
* The Sooner offense has recorded 14 double-digit hit efforts in the last 18 games. Oklahoma is batting at a .322 clip over the 18-game stretch.
* Oklahoma is currently enjoying its most successful stretch of the season. The Sooners have won nine of their last 16 contests and also tied one.
* OU's defense has racked up four errorless performances in the last seven games.
* Evan Greusel and Austin Mix did not issue a walk in either of their starts on Friday or Saturday in tossing back-to-back complete games.
* Greusel tossed his first complete game of the season (second of his career) and also his first career shutout Friday night versus Centenary.
* Mix struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed only two hits in completing his second game of the season on Saturday versus Centenary.
* Junior first baseman Charlie Frasier and junior shortstop Sergio Garcia both fell one hit shy of hitting for the cycle on Sunday versus Centenary. Frasier lacked a triple, while Garcia lacked a single.
MORE ON OKLAHOMA
OU's All-Time Appearance Leader
Junior Rocky Cherry became Oklahoma's all-time appearances leader with his 69th with his 17th start of the season Sunday against Centenary. The outing passed Casey Mendenhall on the list who had owned the record for eight years.
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.
Just Like Old Times
Sophomore hurler Austin Mix is beginning to show signs of what made him the Sooner's top pitcher last year. A two-time 2000 Freshman All-American, Mix started off the season with a 0-7 record and his ERA ballooned to 5.80 12 starts into the year. Since that time, Mix has picked up two wins and one no decision in his last three starts and has lowered his ERA over a full run to 4.67. Mix has also fanned 10 or more batters in his last three starts, including a career-high 13 strikeouts Saturday against Centenary.
Freshman On The Rise
After already proving to be an outstanding defensive player on the field, freshman second baseman Matt Fisher is also proving he can produce at the plate. Fisher, who has only committed three errors in over 200 chances this season, is currently riding a 10-game hitting streak which has raised his batting average over 54 points to its current mark of .270.
During the 10-game stretch, the Chatsworth, Calif., native is batting .400 (16-for-40) with four runs scored and six RBIs. Fisher also belted his second home run of the season last Friday versus Centenary.
AT THE PLATE: UTA
Scouting The Mavericks
UTA (30-18) is coming off a 6-3 win Tuesday night against Texas A&M in Arlington. Prior to their recent three-game winning streak, the Mavericks were struggling with only two wins in their last 11 games.
After beginning the season hot offensively, the Mavericks have cooled down a bit and are currently hitting at a .288 clip. Junior utility player Jesus Morillo leads the team with a .345 average, while freshman third baseman Darrell Preston is the team leader in RBIs with 37 and is tied with two other players for the lead in home runs with four.
UTA's team ERA rests at a respectable 4.08 on the season. One of the strengths of the staff is its depth with 10 pitchers recording 11 innings or more of work and also racking up at least one victory. The Maverick's top two starters, sophomore lefthander Pierce Loveless and freshman righthander Michael Snapp, both own ERA's of 3.04 or less. Snapp, who his holding opponents to a .233 batting average, will make his fifth start of the year against the Sooners
Last Time Out Versus UTA
Senior first baseman Greg Dobbs keyed a seven run and 14 hit barrage by the Oklahoma offense as the Sooners defeated Texas-Arlington 7-2 Wednesday afternoon at Allan Saxe Stadium. Dobbs established a career high in hits with a 5-for-5 performance at the plate and a season high in RBIs with four to help OU Head Coach Larry Cochell pick up his 400th victory at the helm of the Sooners. OU's pitchers turned in a fine effort as six hurlers combined to hold UTA to only four hits and one earned run.
Oklahoma struck first in the third inning with two runs. Senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (1-for-3) singled to lead off the inning and senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (2-for-4) followed with a walk. Dobbs then delivered a double to bring home both runs.
The Sooners added some insurance runs with a run in the sixth inning and two runs in the eighth frame. Dobbs singled, and after moving around to third base, scored on a sacrifice fly by junior rightfielder Zach Harris (1-for-3) in the sixth. Bartlett led off the eighth inning with a triple to left and scored a batter later on a single by Dobbs. Dobbs stole second base and crossed home plate on a double by junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (2-for-4) to score the second run of the inning.
Senior righthander Austin Coose improved his record to 2-2 on the season after throwing an inning of scoreless and hitless relief.