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April 9, 2001

A CLOSER LOOK AT OKLAHOMA

Sooners Rolling Into Razorbacks

Coming off of a sweep of Missouri and currently riding a four-game winning streak, Oklahoma (14-22) will look to continue rolling along into its next contest on Tuesday versus Arkansas (18-19). The Sooners will host the Razorbacks at 6:35 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.

Oklahoma baseball license plates are the featured promotion for the game and will be given away to the first 500 fans through the gate. Also, fans can enjoy $.50 hot dogs and Cokes while at the ballpark on Tuesday night.

Last Time Out

The Oklahoma baseball team picked up its fourth-straight win in completing a series sweep of Missouri Sunday afternoon with a 9-6 victory in the series finale at Taylor Stadium/Simmons Field. The win streak is the team's longest of the season and the sweep marked the second Big 12 Conference series sweep on the year for OU. The sweep also marked the second time in the last two years that Oklahoma has swept Missouri in a three-game regular season series. Sooner starting pitcher Evan Greusel (2-3) scattered nine hits over seven innings and surrendered only three runs (all unearned) in the third inning.

At the plate Oklahoma collected its sixth-straight contest with double-digit hits on the scoreboard as the team scored eight of its runs in the second, third and fourth innings and added one more in the seventh frame. Greg Dobbs (1-for-5) led the offensive attack for the Sooners for the third time in the series. The senior leftfielder crushed his fourth home run, in as many days, as he went 1-for-5 at the plate with one run scored and three RBIs. For the series, Dobbs batted .583 (7-for-12) with three home runs, five runs scored and seven RBIs.

At The Plate

As a team, Oklahoma is batting .301 with 31 home runs and 203 RBIs ... In Big 12 Conference games, the squad is hitting .304 with 15 home runs and 95 RBIs ... The squad's batting average raised nine points in overall games and 19 points in league games only over the weekend ... As of April 9, OU stood in fifth place in the Big 12 in hitting and ranked second in hitting in conference games only ... OU has pounded out the fifth-most home runs of all the team's in the league ... The Sooners have posted six-straight double-digit hit efforts, the longest stretch of the season ... OU scored first in all four games last week ... The team recorded its first four home run effort of the season in Saturday's 13-9 win at Missouri ... The bottom half of the Sooner starting lineup supplied a lot of the offense last week ... The bottom four batters in the lineup hit .344 (22-for-64) over the four games with 11 runs scored and nine RBIs ... The Sooners have been hot over the last four games batting .381 with seven home runs and 27 runs scored ... The team's leading hitter last week was Greg Dobbs ... The senior leftfielder batted .625 (10-for-16) with eight runs scored and 11 RBIs ... Dobbs also produced a 1.688 slugging percentage and .714 on-base percentage .

On The Mound

The Sooner pitching staff is currently sporting a 5.59 ERA and has allowed 194 earned runs in 312.1 innings pitched ... In Big 12 Conference games only, the staff owns a 5.63 ERA with 97 earned runs given up in 155.0 innings pitched ... As of April 9, OU stood in 10th place in the Big 12 in staff ERA and eighth in league games only ... Through four games last week, the pitching staff posted a 3.75 ERA and allowed only 15 earned runs in 36 innings of work ... Friday and Saturday's starters, juniors Rocky Cherry and Evan Greusel, did not give up an earned run over 15 innings combined ... Cherry picked up his team-leading sixth victory in the Sooners' 6-0 shutout of Missouri ... The junior righthander pitched a no-hitter through four innings and a one-hitter through 7.1 innings ... Senior reliever Austin Coose improved to 4-2 on the season after picking up two wins last week against TCU and Missouri on Saturday.

DIAMOND NOTES

* The current four-game winning streak is the team's longest of the season.

* The sweep of Missouri marked the second Big 12 Conference team Oklahoma has swept this season. The other sweep came against Kansas earlier in the year.

* The Missouri sweep marked the second time in as many seasons that the Sooners have swept the Tigers in a three-game regular season series.

* OU's 6-0 shutout victory over Missouri Friday night was the Sooners' first shutout of an opponent in over two seasons.

* OU scored first in all four games last week.

* The Sooner offense has registered six-straight double-digit hit performances.

* Senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs finished just short of hitting for the cycle in two games last week. In Tuesday's 9-5 win over TCU, Dobbs was short a single and in Saturday's 13-9 victory over Missouri, he lacked a triple to accomplish the rare feat.

* Dobbs is currently on an 11-game hitting streak which matches a career-best set earlier this year and also in 1999 while at Long Beach State.

* Junior starting pitcher Rocky Cherry carried a no-hitter through four innings and a one-hitter through 7.1 innings en route to a two-hit shutout through eight innings on Friday versus Missouri.

MORE ON OKLAHOMA

A Near Perfect Week

Oklahoma went a perfect 4-0 last week after beginning the week with a 9-5 win over TCU and then sweeping Missouri to compile the team's longest winning streak of the season at four games. The Sooners put together the brief streak with a mix of solid pitching and explosive offense.

At the plate, OU batted .381 as a team with seven home runs and 37 runs scored. The team recorded double-digit hit efforts in each game and registered its first four home run game of the season in Saturday's 13-9 win over the Tigers. Senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs led the team offensively by batting .625 (10-for-16) with four home runs, eight runs scored and 11 RBIs.

On the mound, Sooner hurlers combined for a 3.75 ERA and only allowed 15 earned runs in 36 innings pitched. Junior righthander Rocky Cherry highlighted the week with a two-hit shutout through eight frames in Friday night's contest en route to OU's 6-0 game one victory against Missouri, Oklahoma's first shutout in over two years.

Dobbs Honored As Big 12 Conference Player Of The Week

After putting up impressive offensive numbers last week in which he batted .625 with four home runs in as many games, Oklahoma senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs was recognized as the Big 12 Conference Baseball Player of the Week as announced by the league offices on Monday afternoon. Dobbs, who is batting .418 on the season with six home runs and 39 RBIs, posted three multi-hit and four multi-RBI performances over the four-game stretch, including just missing hitting for the cycle by one hit twice. The senior ended the week scoring eight runs and driving in 11 more while leading the Sooners to a perfect 4-0 week, including a three-game sweep of the Missouri Tigers on the road.

Dobbs' numbers for the week finished off with 10 hits in 16 at bats, including three doubles, a triple and four home runs (one in each game). He also registered a 1.688 slugging percentage and a .714 on base percentage.

On Fire At First Base

After taking over the starting role at first base over a week ago, senior John Erick Munneke has been one of the Sooners' hottest hitters in the lineup. In the six games since becoming the starting first baseman, Munneke has been the team's third-best offensive performer during that stretch. Batting mostly out of the seventh hole in the lineup, Munneke hit .458 (11-for-24) with four runs scored and RBIs, three doubles and blasted shis first career home run. Munneke's week also included five multi-hit performances and at least one RBI in four of the six contests.

Just Short Of The Cycle (Again!)

Greg Dobbs fell just short of accomplishing one of the rare individual feats in baseball twice last week. The senior leftfielder collected a double, triple and home run last Tuesday against TCU, but failed to pick up a single to complete the hitting cycle. On the night, Dobbs' scored three runs and collected four RBIs to tie season highs for the senior.

Two games later, on Saturday at Missouri, the Moreno Valley, Calif., native went 4-for-4 with a single, two doubles and a home run while lacking a triple to complete the cycle. Dobbs again tied his season high for runs scored with three in the game.

AT THE PLATE: ARKANSAS

Scouting The Razorbackss Entering Tuesday's contest a game under .500 on the year, Arkansas will be looking for a win to improve on its 18-19 season record. After stumbling with three-straight losses before last weekend, the Razorbacks came out and defeated the nationally-ranked 'Ole Miss Rebels in two out of three games in their most recent series. Offensively, Arkansas has posted marginal numbers on the season with a .283 team batting average, 27 home runs and 228 runs scored. Freshman infielder Brett Hagedorn leads all starters with a .309 batting average, 42 hits and 29 RBIs. The squad poses a threat on the bases paths as they have been successful in 78 percent (49-of-63) of their stolen base attempts on the season. Junior outfielder Michael Conner leads all Razorbacks in the category with a perfect 10-of-10 in the stolen base department this year. The Arkansas pitching staff has posted a 4.75 ERA thus far on the season and has allowed 170 earned runs to cross home plate in 322 innings pitched. Opponents are batting .251 against the staff which is led in wins by righthanders Josh Merryman and Charlie Issacson who have three wins apiece. Arkansas is scheduled to start junior righthander Justin Leraris on the mound against Oklahoma. Leraris, who has made two starts in 10 outings this year, is 1-0 on the season with a 4.88 ERA.