April 3, 2001
Norman, Okla. - The Oklahoma baseball team rebounded from a recent six-game losing streak to defeat TCU, 9-5, Tuesday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners pounded out 13 hits and four OU hurlers combined to hold the Horned Frogs scoreless after they recorded five early runs in the first three innings. The offensive star of the game for Oklahoma was senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs who went 3-for-4 and fell a single short of hitting for the cycle. OU's overall record improved to 11-22, while TCU fell to 20-13.
Dobbs' double, which drove in the Sooners' second and third runs of the inning, followed a walk and two-consecutive singles to lead off the bottom half of the first inning. Dobbs would eventually cross the plate in the next at bat, a RBI-double by senior catcher Sean Smith (1-for-4), to score OU's fourth and final run of the inning to give the Sooners a 4-0 lead.
The Moreno Valley, Calif., native continued to stroke the ball in his next at bat and legged out a triple in the bottom of the third frame. Dobbs then scored in the next at bat on an error by the TCU shortstop Levi Robinson (0-for-3), on a ball put in play by Smith, to knot the game at 5-5 after the Horned Frogs spotted three runs in the second inning and two in the third.
Oklahoma regained the lead for good when Dobbs sent a home run, a two-run shot, over the right field fence to extend OU's lead to 7-5.
Senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (1-for-4) accounted for the Sooners' final two runs of the game when a groundout to the Horned Frog third baseman Mike Settle (2-for-4) brought home junior rightfielder Zach Harris (1-for-3) in the sixth inning. A sacrifice fly to right field in foul territory by Bartlett in the eighth frame scored freshman Matt Fisher (0-for-4), who hustled around to score from second base, to plate the final run of the game.
Senior Austin Coose, who was credited with the win to improve to 3-2 on the year, headlined a group of relievers, including sophomore Brandon Hankins, junior Evan Greusel and freshman Mark Roberts, who combined to hold TCU scoreless over the final 6.2 innings of the contest. The group relinquished only four hits and allowed only one TCU player to get into scoring position during their relief outings.
Oklahoma hits the road next for a Big 12 Conference series in Columbia, Mo., this weekend at Missouri. The first game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday.