NORMAN, Okla. -- After a rain-soaked field cancelled the third and final game of the Annual Red-White Series on Saturday, Oct. 1, the Sooners picked things up on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and concluded the fall season with the white team coming out on top, 9-4.
Senior Daniel McCutchen took the mound for the white squad and threw five innings of three-hit ball. The right-hander struck out six batters, opposite one walk, and only allowed one run. Senior Will Savage came in out of relief and closed things out for the victory.
"Daniel pitched extremely well today," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "This was, without a doubt, his best outing of the fall and this was very encouraging to see him and a lot of others close out the fall season on such a high note."
Offensively, senior Chuckie Caufield, who went 2-for-3 with two sacrifice bunts and a run scored, senior Ryan Rohlinger (2-for-4, two runs, two RBI), sophomores Aaron Reza (2-for-3, two RBI, run) and Ryan Mottern (2-for-3, RBI, run) and junior Joel Pedretti (3-for-4) led the way. Freshman catcher Brandon Moss also hit his third home run of the fall season.
"The newcomers continue to impress this coaching staff with the way they are swinging the bat and their defensive play," added Golloway. "One of our goals this fall was to make sure all the newcomers would mesh well with the returning players and I think we have accomplished that."
Senior John Brownell threw opposite McCutchen for the red team and lasted four innings. He was relieved by freshman Nate Hammons and junior Jimmy Rollins.
Cory Williamson, who led the white team last Friday to victory, continued to swing a hot bat, this time for the red, with a 2-for-4 day at the plate and two runs scored.
Senior Russell Raley also went 2-for-4 for the red squad and collected two RBI.
"With the conclusion of the fall season, the coaching staff feels that we accomplished what we set out to do," said Golloway. "And that was to help our newcomers adjust and make sure we were fundamentally sound on the defensive end.
"In addition, coach Corral was also able to work on all the pitching signs and probably the best move of the fall was switching around some of the outfielders."
Among the changes in the outfield have Caufield moved over to right field (from center) along with senior Scott Rooker and junior Aaron Ivey is now in center field (from left) with sophomore Kody Kaiser. Williamson and sophomore Joe Dunigan complete the Sooners' outfield in left.
"Those switches proved to be very successful and will provide us with a lot of depth off the bench in our outfield this spring," concluded Golloway. “Kevin Smith also showed us how versatile he can be with time behind the plate and at first base this fall, after playing third base and DH most of the 2005 season.
"Now, as a coaching staff, we must evaluate all the fall performances and identify the weaknesses and correct those before the spring begins. Overall I am pleased with the fall and very excited to get things rolling in 2006."
OU opened fall practice on Sept. 4 with 14 newcomers and welcomed back 22 members off a 2005 squad which went 35-26 overall and 14-13 in Big 12 Conference play, finished fifth in the league and made an appearance for the second consecutive year at the NCAA Tournament.
The Sooners completed 12 intrasquad scrimmages this fall and will report back on Jan. 17 for individual workouts and begin team sessions on Jan. 22 in preparation for the 2006 season.
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