Cherry Leads Sooners To 6-0 Victory Over Tigers

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 06, 2001

April 6, 2001

Columbia, Mo. - Oklahoma starting pitcher Rocky Cherry held Missouri to two hits over eight innings of work as the Sooners shutout the Tigers, 6-0, Friday night at Taylor Stadium/Simmons Field in Columbia, Mo. Cherry (6-3), who tossed a no-hitter through four innings, issued only five walks, struck out four and allowed only four base runners to advance into scoring position. The Sooners (12-22, 6-10 Big 12), who picked up their first shutout since the 1999 season, pounded out 13 hits in the game, their fourth consecutive multi-hit effort in the last week. Junior shortstop Sergio Garcia led all OU batters with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate to extend his hitting streak to 11 games which matches an individual-best hitting streak on the season for the Sooners. Missouri dropped to 20-12 overall and 7-9 in the conference with the loss.

The Sooner bats were hot early as OU collected five hits and four runs in the first inning. The scoring started when senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (2-for-5) led off the game by advancing to second base on an error by the Missouri third baseman Kurt Propst (1-for-3) and eventually crossed home plate on a RBI single by Garcia.

Greg Dobbs (2-for-3) put two more runs on the scoreboard for the Sooners in the next at bat when the senior leftfielder sent a shot over the right field fence. Two-consecutive singles, by senior catcher Sean Smith (1-for-2) and junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (1-for-3), followed Dobbs' smash and senior first baseman John Erick Munneke (2-for-4) delivered the third-straight single to knock in Smith and make it 4-0 in favor of Oklahoma.

OU added two more runs in the fifth and eighth frames to pad the lead. Frasier lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Garcia, who had doubled to lead off the inning, in the fifth, while Godsey's two-out base hit in the eighth drove in Munneke, who had led off the inning with a single.

Sophomore Brandon Hankins came on in the ninth inning in relief of Cherry to complete the shutout and extend his scoreless innings streak to six-straight.

The two teams battle in the second game of the series tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Taylor Stadium Simmons Field.



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