Oral Roberts Edges Oklahoma, 3-2, In Baseball

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 24, 2001

April 24, 2001

Tulsa, Okla. - Oklahoma and Oral Roberts engaged in a pitcher's duel Tuesday night in game two of the Tulsa World Baseball Bash with ORU ending up on top, 3-2. ORU starter Michael Rogers improved his flawless record to 10-0 on the season by tossing a complete game and holding the Sooners to only four hits and one earned run. OU starter Rocky Cherry also tossed a gem as he held the Golden Eagles to three hits through six innings of work, including carrying a one-hitter through 4.2 frames, but ended up with the loss to drop his record to 6-6. Oklahoma's record fell to 16-28-1, while Oral Roberts improved to 30-9 with its second win over the Sooners this season.

With the start, Cherry tied OU's all-time appearances record with 68 career outings. The record is also held by Casey Mendenhall who pitched for Oklahoma from 1990-1992.

Cherry ran into trouble in the sixth inning when he walked the bases loaded and ORU third baseman Doug Bernier (1-for-2) nailed a two-run single with two outs to plate the winning runs. Only two runs charged to the junior hurler were earned as he also ended the game with a season-high seven strikeouts.

OU spotted Cherry a two-run lead early in the second inning. Junior first baseman Charlie Frasier (1-for-4) tripled home senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs (1-for-4), who led off the frame with a single, for the first run. The Sooners scored their second run when Frasier crossed home plate on an error by Golden Eagle shortstop Steve Holm (0-for-2).

Errors also plagued Oklahoma the next inning when Oral Roberts scored its only run of the third frame as two Sooner errors allowed the inning to stay alive. ORU leftfielder Matt Colin (1-for-3) singled to open the inning, was sacrificed to second and an error by Jason Bartlett (0-for-3) and a poor throw by freshman second baseman Matt Fisher (1-for-4) in a run down allowed Colin to reach third base safely. Colin then scored on second baseman Danny Boyle's (0-for-2) groundout to shortstop.

Oklahoma begins a seven-game homestand this Friday at 7 p.m. with the first game of a three-game weekend set against Centenary at L. Dale Mitchell Park.



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