NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners (15-9) will play a midweek game with Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park before resuming Big 12 action over the weekend at Baylor. OU started conference play last weekend in successful fashion by defeating then-No. 14 Texas A&M in two of the three games.
The series win improved the Sooners mark to 5-1 when playing in a series (two or more games) this season. OU and DBU were scheduled to play exactly two weeks ago but inclement weather in Norman postponed the game to a later date yet to be announced.
The OU versus Dallas Baptist game will be broadcast live on KOKC (1520 AM) with Chuck Kelly calling the play-by-play. The pre-game show will start 15 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch. All times and availability are subject to change. Live stats will also be available through SoonerSports.com.
STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP
Tuesday, March 29
OU - W. Savage, RHP (2-2, 3.16 ERA)
DBU - R. Taylor, RHP (5-2, 3.13 ERA)
TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS
Seats to the game are available for $8 (reserved), $5 (general admission) and $3 (youth and groups of ten or more) at the OU Athletics Ticket Office (800-456-4668) and at SoonerSports.com. The gates will open an hour and a half before game time. Tuesday is $.50 hot dog and coke night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
DALLAS BAPTIST NOTES
Overall Record: 17-12 | Rankings: NA
The Patriots had their eight-game winning streak end last weekend in Corvallis, Ore., by dropping consecutive games (2-7, 3-11), following a 17-7 series-opening win against Oregon State. OU is not the Patriots first Big 12 opponent this season as they have played at Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. In Stillwater, Okla., DBU topped the Cowboys in convincing fashion, racking up 10 runs to OSU’s two on Feb. 15. DBU did not enjoy the same success at Texas Tech a week later, dropping a 7-0 decision to the Red Raiders.
After 29 games this season, Drew Holder, who went 3-for-5 with a RBI last year against OU, is leading the team with six homers and 31 RBI while batting at a .336 clip. Ryan Olivo (.356, 8 RBI in 2005) is another Patriot that had success a year ago against OU, he went 2-for-5 with two RBI in the 2004 victory. DBU is expected to throw right-handed Randall Taylor who is 5-2 this season. Taylor lasted seven frames, allowed one run and struck out eight against OSU and currently leads the team in punch-outs (28) and ERA (3.13).
The Patriots are coached by Eric Newman who is currently in his first collegiate season as a head coach. The Sooners and Patriots have only met once under OU head coach Larry Cochell’s watch. In 2004, DBU came to Norman on April 6 and handed the then-No. 22 Sooners a 7-5 defeat in 11 innings.
LAST MEETING WITH THE PATRIOTS
Dallas Baptist plated two runs in the top of the 11th inning to down Oklahoma, 7-5, on 4/06/05 at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The loss ended a seven-game winning streak held by the Sooners. OU battled back, down four runs, to take a 5-4 lead in the seventh inning before the Patriots sent the game into extra frames by scoring a run in the top of the ninth. Oklahoma capitalized on three Dallas Baptist errors to score all five of its runs.
SOONERS CAREER NUMBERS VERSUS DALLAS BAPTIST
Below is a look at some of the Sooners’ career numbers against the Patriots in the lone meeting.
MORE ON THE SERIES WIN OVER TEXAS A&M
The Sooners defeated the Aggies in a series for just the third time (first at home) in nine attempts. Since the creation of the Big 12 in 1997, OU is 16-17 (postseason included, 3-3) overall against Texas A&M and 3-6 in series meetings. In 2000, OU swept the Aggies in three games and defeated them 2-1 in last year’s series, both three-game sets took place in College Station, Texas.
OU improved to 6-3 for the opening series of Big 12 play in a year. Since 1997, OU has only lost the opening series of the Big 12 season on three occassions (1998 at A&M, 1-2; 2003 at Baylor, 0-3; 2004 vs. Texas,1-2).
| Russell Raley played a key role in the series as he hit. 500 in the three games, collected two RBI and scored three runs. He was also a perfect 3-for-3 with runners in scoring position.
GUERRA CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY WITH A WIN
Junior Steven Guerra threw a three-hit, complete game, gem in game one of the doubleheader against Texas A&M on Friday. The hurler recorded his first complete game as a Sooner and third win of the season, a day after celebrating his 21st birthday (March 24). Guerra’s outing was the longest by any Sooner this season. He struck out four and walked two in the contest.
RALEY IS STREAKING
Junior Russell Raley hit safely in 15 of the Sooners’ first 16 games this season before stumbling in consecutive games (0-for-7) against Northwestern State and Arizona State. Since then he has collected 10 hits (three multi-hit games) and three RBI in the last six games. Now on a six-game hitting streak (currently a team best) Raley owns the longest streak by an Sooner this season (13 games). Earlier this season, his 13-game hitting streak was snapped after reaching base four times (2 walks, 2 errors) in the 14th game (vs. UAPB). The Uvalde, Texas native came one game shy of tying his career-best streak set a season ago. Raley’s career high of 14 consecutive games with a hit was set last season in between April 13 and May 7.
ROHLINGER BOUNCES BACK
After Ryan Rohlinger’s career-high hitting streak of 12 games came to an end against Arizona State with an 0-for-5 performance in Tempe on March 20, the junior has came back strong. Now the Sooners’ starting third baseman, Rohlinger has hit safely in three of the last four games (four hits, one RBI) since the finale against ASU. Rohlinger still leads the team in batting average (.371), hits (36) and is second on the team with 21 RBI. The West Bend, Wisc., native’s previous best hitting streak was established last year on two occasions, when he reached a string of eight consecutive games.
The Sooners improved to 12-2 at home after recording a 2-1 series win over Texas A&M. In its 14 games played at L. Dale Mitchell Park, OU is hitting .338 as a team and has significantly outscored the opposition, 148-68. All but one of the Sooners’ 12 home runs this season have been hit in their home park. Twenty-one of Kevin Smith’s team -leading 24 RBI have come at home. The junior is hitting .404 with a .617 slugging percentage in the 14 games.
Left-handed pitcher Garrett Patterson has also enjoyed playing in front of the home crowd. The junior is 3-0 in three starts at L. Dale Mitchell Park with 23 strikeouts in 19 innings pitched and a 2.37 ERA.
CAUFIELD STEALS THE SHOW
Junior Chuckie Caufield stole his sixth stolen base of the season in style on March 22 in OU’s 5-4 win over Texas Christian. The swipe of home plate in the ninth inning provided OU with the go-ahead run against TCU. He was thrown out earlier in the game for just his second unsuccessful attempt this year. Not only did Caufield’s speed help win the contest, but his bat was more than sufficient hitting out his regular leadoff spot. The Ada, Okla., native finished the game 4-for-5 and raised his batting average to .343 after the game.
TCU POST-GAME NOTES
The game gave OU its first road win of the season in six attempts
Defeating No. 22 (Baseball America) TCU also marked OU’s first win over a ranked opponent this season
P.J. Sandoval turned in his best performance of 2005. The JUCO transfer turned in 3.1 innings of one-hit ball to record his second win of the season. Sandoval struck out two and did not walk a TCU batter.