May 10, 2001

A CLOSER LOOK AT OKLAHOMA

Bedlam Baseball On Sooners' Slate

The Bedlam Series battle between Oklahoma (23-28-1, 13-13-1 Big 12) and Oklahoma State (35-18, 13-14 Big 12) will conclude the regular season for both teams this weekend. The series begins Friday at 7 p.m. at Driller's Stadium in Tulsa and ends on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

The Sooners sit in fifth place in the Big 12 Conference standings heading into this weekend's series, while the Cowboys are tied for sixth place with Texas A&M. Both teams have already clinched berths to the Big 12 Conference Tournament next week in Oklahoma City.

Last Time Out

The Oklahoma baseball team closed out its 2001 home schedule with a a three-game sweep of Iowa State after a 4-2 series finale win Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The win for OU moved them into fifth place in the Big 12 Conference standings after jumping Texas A&M and Oklahoma State in the rankings with both teams losing on Sunday.

Starter Austin Mix (3-7) pitched the Sooners to victory with his third-straight win of the season. Mix worked seven innings and allowed only five hits and one run, while striking out five. Freshman Mark Roberts earned his fourth save of the season after coming on to get the final two batters out after the Cyclones were threatening with the tying run at the plate.

Oklahoma scored all its runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The Sooners plated a pair of two-out runs in the fourth to begin the scoring for both teams. Senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs (2-for-4) singled and advanced to second base on an error by the Cyclone shortstop. Senior catcher Sean Smith (1-for-4) followed with a double to plate Dobbs. Junior first baseman Charlie Frasier (1-for-3) then collected the Sooners' third-straight hit of the inning to bring home Smith for the second run.

At The Plate

As a team, Oklahoma is batting .304 with 45 home runs and 289 RBIs ... In Big 12 Conference games, the squad is hitting .305 with 24 home runs and 138 RBIs ... As of May 7, OU stood in fourth place in the Big 12 in hitting and third in conference games only ... OU has pounded out the fifth-most home runs of all the team's in the league ... Matt Fisher had a career-best 12-game hitting streak snapped in game two of Saturday's doubleheader against Iowa State ... The freshman second baseman batted .396 (19-for-48) with seven runs scored and nine RBIs over the stretch ... Among the Big 12 Conference leaders: Greg Dobbs - batting average (first), hits (first), doubles (first), RBIs (t-fourth), total bases (first), on base percentage (t-fifth), slugging percentage (fifth) and runs scored (t-ninth), Jerome Godsey - batting average (11th) and hits (sixth), and Charlie Frasier - home runs (third) and RBIs (t-fourth).

On The Mound

The Sooner pitching staff is currently sporting a 5.15 ERA and has allowed 245 earned runs in 428.1 innings pitched ... In Big 12 Conference games only, the staff owns a 5.23 ERA with 136 earned runs given up in 234.0 innings pitched ... As of May 7, OU stood in 10th place in the Big 12 in staff ERA and eighth in league games only ... The staff's five complete games this season is the highest total since 1998 when the team also recorded five complete games ... Junior Rocky Cherry has struck out six or more batters in his last four starts, including tying a career-high eight strikeout effort against Centenary ... Among the Big 12 Conference leaders: Austin Mix - strikeouts (third), innings pitched (seventh) and games started (t-first), Cherry - wins (t-fifth) and innings pitched (10th), Mark Roberts - appearances (t-second) and saves (t-eighth), and Brandon Hankins - appearances (t-eighth).

DIAMOND NOTES

* With Oklahoma's success against Iowa State over the weekend, the Sooners jumped from eighth place in the Big 12 Conference standings into fifth place. OU moved past Iowa State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State in the standings.

* OU's sweep of Iowa State was the Sooners' fourth three-game sweep of an opponent this season, including three in Big 12 play.

* The Sooner offense has recorded 17 double-digit hit efforts in the last 22 games. Oklahoma is batting at a .329 clip over the 19-game stretch.

* Oklahoma is currently enjoying its most successful stretch of the season. The Sooners have won 13 of their last 20 contests and also tied one.

* Over the last 11 games, Sooner starting pitchers are averaging 7.2 innings per start, including three complete games to their credit.

* Junior first baseman Charlie Frasier and senior third baseman Jason Bartlett combined for two back-to-back home run efforts in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Iowa State.

* Junior Rocky Cherry recorded his first complete game against the Cyclones on Saturday.

* Cherry also established a new personal career high for wins in a season with his eighth victory versus ISU.

* With Oklahoma's success against Iowa State over the weekend, the Sooners jumped from eighth place in the Big 12 Conference standings into fifth place. OU moved past Iowa State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State in the standings.

* OU's sweep of Iowa State was the Sooners' fourth three-game sweep of an opponent this season, including three in Big 12 play.

* The Sooner offense has recorded 17 double-digit hit efforts in the last 22 games. Oklahoma is batting at a .329 clip over the 19-game stretch.

* Oklahoma is currently enjoying its most successful stretch of the season. The Sooners have won 13 of their last 20 contests and also tied one.

* Over the last 11 games, Sooner starting pitchers are averaging 7.2 innings per start, including three complete games to their credit.

* Junior first baseman Charlie Frasier and senior third baseman Jason Bartlett combined for two back-to-back home run efforts in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Iowa State.

* Junior Rocky Cherry recorded his first complete game against the Cyclones on Saturday.

* Cherry also established a new personal career high for wins in a season with his eighth victory versus ISU.

MORE ON OKLAHOMA

Surging Sooners

Winners of their last seven games, and 13 of their last 20, the Oklahoma Sooners are putting together their most successful stint of the season. During its current win streak, OU is batting at a .371 clip with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs. The pitching staff has held its opponents to an average of three runs a game, struck out 58 and walked only 19 in 63 innings pitched.

Since the beginning of April, the Sooners have also stepped up their home run production. Oklahoma has hit almost half of its home runs on the season (21) in the last month of the season.

The Bank Of Oklahoma Bedlam Series

Beginning last fall the Bank of Oklahoma and the Ford dealers of Oklahoma got together to sponsor the Bank of Oklahoma Bedlam Series between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. After a gruelling neck-and-neck race between the schools all year, the decisive points have come down to the baseball series. Tied at 7.5 points apiece, the winner of the Bedlam baseball series will capture victory for their respective school.

Each sport, in which both schools mutually compete against each other, is designated with a point total. The victorious school in a particular sporting event is awarded the specified points which is then added to the school's overall points and compiled throughout the year.

Frasier Nabs Big 12 Conference Player of the Week Award

Oklahoma junior first baseman Charlie Frasier picked up the Sooners' third Big 12 Conference Baseball Player of the Week honor this season, as announced by the league offices on Monday, after finishing the week batting .600 (9-for-15) and belting three home runs in four games. Frasier collected a hit in every game, including three multi-hit performances, scored a run in three of the four contests and recorded two multi-RBI efforts for the week.

Frasier's heroics in game two of Saturday's doubleheader with Iowa State were key to Oklahoma's series sweep. Down 2-1 to ISU in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Napa, Calif., native belted a three-run homer to right field to five the Sooners' a 4-1 lead. Then, with the game tied at 5-5 entering the bottom of the eighth frame, Frasier hit the game-winning two-run shot down the right field line to capture the 7-5 game two win.

Frasier began the week with a 3-for-5 effort with three RBIs against Texas-Arlington on Wednesday and followed with another three-hit performance in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. The junior's solo homer in game one helped give the Sooners an early 6-0 advantage en route to an 8-5 series opening victory.

Academic All-Big 12 Honors

Three Oklahoma Sooner pitchers were recently recognized as some of the top student-athletes in the league by being named to the 2001 Big 12 Conference Baseball Academic All-Big 12 team as announced by the league offices earlier this week. Juniors Rocky Cherry and Evan Greusel were selected to the first team, while senior Austin Coose was a second team honoree. Headlining the trio was Cherry who captured his third-straight first team designation, while Greusel and Coose made their first appearances on the distinguished list.

AT THE PLATE: OKLAHOMA STATE

Scouting The Cowboys

Oklahoma State (35-18, 13-14 Big 12) will be looking to avenge four losses to Oklahoma in 2000. The Cowboys are projected to send senior lefthander Josh Merrigan (6-4, 5.06 ERA) and sophomore righthander Mike Miller (1-1, 4.67 ERA) to the mound for the first two games, while Sunday's starter has yet to be determined.

Offensively for the Cowboys, their success lies in the power produced by their lineup. OSU leads the Big 12 Conference in home runs with 64 total on the season and senior outfielder Luke Scott ranks second in the league with 14 of his own. The Pokes have also collected 124 doubles and 15 triples, totals good for second and third-best in the conference, respectively. Junior second baseman Nebasett Brown is the team's top hitter with team-leading totals of 61 hits, 47 RBIs and a .361 batting average.

Oklahoma State pitching currently sits in the middle of the pack in the conference as the staff has combined for a 4.37 ERA which ranks in sixth place in the Big 12. OSU hurlers have struck out 366 batters in 457.2 innings of work and opponents are batting only .247 against them. Merrigan and freshman righthander Scott Baker are tied for the club lead in wins with six apiece.