April 8, 2001
Columbia, Mo. - The Oklahoma baseball team picked up its fourth straight win in completing a series sweep of Missouri Sunday afternoon with a 9-6 victory 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. Oklahoma improved to 14-22 overall and 8-10 in the league as Missouri's overall record fell to 20-14 and 7-11 in the conference.
At the plate, Oklahoma posted its sixth straight contest with double-digit hits 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 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 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.
The Sooners struck first for the third time in the series. In the second inning, OU scored two runs after two were out. Junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (2-for-4), who led off the frame with a single, scored from second base on a base hit by senior centerfielder Jerom Godsey (2-for-6). Junior rightfielder Zach Harris (1-for-4) crossed home plate after reaching base with a walk, moving to third on Godsey's single and scoring on a bunt base hit by senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (1-for-5) to give Oklahoma a 2-0 advantage.
In the third inning, OU notched two more runs on four consecutive hits. Senior catcher Sean Smith, who recorded a career-high three hits in the game, registered the first of his two doubles on the day and was followed by three more base hits by Frasier, senior first baseman John Erick Munneke (2-for-4), which scored Smith, and Harris. A groundout to shortstop by freshman second baseman Matt Fisher (2-for-5) pushed Frasier across home plate for the second run of the inning.
Leading 4-3 after the Tigers plated three runs in the bottom of the third inning, the Sooners responded with a four-run outburst in the top of the fourth. Dobbs drove in the first three runs with a three-run homer to right. OU continued to tag Missouri starter Shaun Marcum (2-1) for one more run in the inning as Frasier, who followed Dobbs' bomb with a walk issued by Missouri reliever Pete Sansone two batters later, was moved to second on a walk to senior first baseman John Erick Munneke (2-for-4) and scored on a RBI single by Matt Fisher. Fisher accounted for two RBIs in the game.
Oklahoma returns home to face Arkansas on Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.