NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 16 Oklahoma baseball team (24-10, 5-4 Big 12) has won four out of its last five games and will look to continue that momentum on Tuesday, April 11 against TCU (19-15). First pitch at L. Dale Mitchell Park is scheduled for 7 p.m.
OU leads the all-time series 51-24 after defeating TCU earlier this season at Lupton Stadium. The Sooners topped the Horned Frogs 10-5 in that game played on March 7 in Fort Worth, Texas. OU has won the last three meetings with TCU, after suffering a three-game losing streak (2003-04).
The TCU game will be broadcast live on KOKC 1520 AM with Chuck Kelly calling the play-by-play and DeWayne Vaughn providing the color analysis. Pregame coverage for all Sooner baseball games, begins 15 minutes prior to first pitch. In addition, live stats for all games this season can be viewed on Soonersports.com. The game can also be seen live via a web cast on the O-Zone.
TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS
Seats to this Tuesday’s games are available for $10 (reserved), $7 (general admission), $5 (youth) and $3 for groups of ten or more at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and at SoonerSports.com. The gates will open an hour and a half before game time and it is $.50 hot dog and coke night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
UPDATING THE SOONERS
After beginning the week with a 4-3 comeback victory at home against UT-Arlington on Tuesday, the Sooners went on to take two out of three at Texas A&M over the weekend.
Against Texas A&M, the Sooners got three solid outings from their starters. Despite the loss on Friday, Daniel McCutchen pitched a complete game and was followed up by Steven Guerra’s eight-inning, one-hit shutout on Saturday. Kody Kaiser provided the game-winning RBI in the 11th inning in that game, as the Sooners recorded their Big 12-leading fifth shutout of the season. Will Savage pitched the final three innings to complete the two-hit shutout and would later go on to record a save in Sunday’s contest.
In the series finale, Sandoval (5-1) received six runs of support off 12 hits, including Ryan Rohlinger’s go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning, and pitched his longest career outing with 8 2/3 innings of work. Against the Aggies, Sandoval struck out four and allowed three earned runs off five hits and one walk. Savage pitched the final out of the game to record his sixth save of 2006.
The entire weekend staff, which also included Will Savage (1-0, save), limited Texas A&M to six earned runs off 14 hits and three walks in three games. In 28 innings pitched, the four hurlers struck out 26 batters and held them to a .144 batting average.
The Horned Frogs enter Tuesday night’s contest riding a five-game winning streak and have won seven of their last eight. Included in that span is a 18-8 win over then-No. 22 Baylor last Tuesday. The other four wins came against Air Force.
TCU has played eight games this season against teams ranked in the top 25 polls. Before falling to then-No. 23 Oklahoma on March 7, TCU defeated Tulane and lost to Rice and Arkansas. Since the loss to the Sooners, TCU has split with Baylor and also lost to Arizona State and Rice.
-Offensively, junior Keith Conlon leads the club with 27 RBI and is batting .315. He is one of five Horned Frogs with 20 or more RBI. Junior Chad Huffman (20 RBI) is the team leader in batting average with a .382 clip.
-TCU is expected to throw a left-handed pitcher, Omar Arif or Donald Furrow. Arif is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 18 appearances (no starts). In 25 innings pitched, he has 19 strikeouts and 10 walks. Furrow is 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA in eight appearances (one start). Over 15.1 innings, he has 16 strikeouts and eight walks.
-TCU is coached by Jim Schlossnagle, who is in his fifth season at the Frogs’ helm and is 99-61 (.583) in that span. He led TCU to a 20-10 record last year and a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference. Returning from last year’s team that finished third in the NCAA Waco Regional, are 14 letterwinners and seven position starters.
-TCU and OU have met every year for the past 15 seasons. Since 1991, OU is 22-8 and leads the all-time series 51-24.
OU will continue its current five-game home stand as it hosts Missouri for a three-game series over the weekend. That set includes a regional television broadcast by Fox Sports Net (Cox channel 37) on Saturday, April 15. The home stand concludes with No. 3 Rice on Tuesday, April 18. With the exception of Friday’s game (internet only), the games can be heard live on KOKC 1520 AM.
AROUND THE BIG 12
Below is a look at the Big 12 standings after action on Sunday: