Feb. 24, 2001
Norman, Okla. - The Oklahoma baseball team ended their seven game winless streak Saturday afternoon with a 10-9 victory over Kansas in their Big 12 Conference opener at L. Dale Mitchell Park. OU's junior designated hitter Charlie Frasier (2-for-3) hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a nine all tie and allowed junior pitcher Rocky Cherry (2-1) to finish off the Jayhawks in the ninth inning as the Sooners improved to 3-8 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The loss dropped KU to 6-2 overall and 0-1 in the league.
Trailing the Jayhawks 3-0 heading into the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Sooners knotted the contest with a three-run frame. Three-consecutive singles by senior first baseman Greg Dobbs (3-for-5), Frasier and senior catcher Sean Smith (2-for-5) to lead off OU's half of the inning eventually came around to score on a two-run double by senior leftfielder Bryan King (2-for-4) and a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (1-for-2).
Both teams matched each other's run production in the fifth and sixth frames with five and one run apiece, respectively. In the fifth, Oklahoma again managed to move their first four base runners around to score as Garcia drove in three of the runs on a two out double. Garcia finished the contest with a game-high four RBIs.
OU's first five batters in the lineup collected multi-hit performaces and accounted for nine of the 10 Sooner runs. Cherry pitched 4.1 innings of work, in relief of Oklahoma starter Austin Mix, and surrendered only three hits and one earned run, while striking out four. Mix, who threw 4.2 innings and gave up six earned runs, struck out 10 batters, one shy of tying his career high.
The two teams will conclude the series tomorrow with a doubleheader scheduled for 12 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.