May 6, 2001
Norman, Okla. - The Oklahoma baseball team closed out its 2001 home schedule with a a three-game sweep of Iowa State after a 4-2 series finale win Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The win for OU (23-28-1, 13-13-1 Big 12) moved them into fifth place in the Big 12 Conference standings after jumping Texas A&M and Oklahoma State in the rankings with both teams losing today. ISU (19-26-1, 9-14 Big 12) fell back into eighth place in the standings with the loss. Both teams endured a two hour and 37 minute rain delay which began at the top of the seventh inning.
Starter Austin Mix (3-7) pitched the Sooners to victory with his third-straight win of the season. Mix worked seven innings and allowed only five hits and one run, while striking out five. Freshman Mark Roberts earned his fourth save of the season after coming on to get the final two batters out after the Cyclones were threatening with the tying run at the plate.
Oklahoma scored all its runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Sooners plated a pair of two-out runs in the fourth to begin the scoring for both teams. Senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs (2-for-4) singled and advanced to second base on an error by the Cyclone shortstop. Senior catcher Sean Smith (1-for-4) followed with a double to plate Dobbs. Junior first baseman Charlie Frasier (1-for-3) then collected the Sooners' third-straight hit of the inning to bring home Smith for the second run.
In the fifth inning, with two away again, junior rightfielder Zach Harris (2-for-4) led off the frame with a single and moved to second base on senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey's (1-for-3) groundout to third base. Two batters later, Dobbs delivered a RBI-single to score Harris.
Harris then factored in on the Sooners' final run of the game in the sixth inning by doubling home Frasier. Frasier scored from third base after drawing a walk to lead off the inning and advancing to third on a single by senior designated hitter Eliot Joyner (2-for-4).
The Sooners will take the week off to concentrate on finals before facing Oklahoma State in the Bedlam Series this weekend. The three-game set begins Friday night at 7 p.m. at Driller's Stadium in Tulsa.