OU (10-4) will continue its current six-game home stand on Friday with the first of three games with Northwestern State. The Demons (14-5) posted their 11th win in their last 12 games by defeating Baylor (5-4) on Tuesday. The win marked the team’s second win against a ranked opponent this season after previously defeating No. 18 Mississippi. Friday’s game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start at L. Dale Mitchell Park and will be followed by 1 p.m. games on Saturday and Sunday.
Northwestern State is coached by Mitch Gaspard who is in his fourth season as head coach. In his 13-year coaching career (NSU and Alabama), his teams have played in 10 NCAA Regionals and three College World Series. Gaspard’s team went 33-23 a year ago and he is 111-62 in his three seasons at the helm.
Friday’s games can be heard via the internet on Yahoo.com while Saturday and Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on KOKC (1520 AM) and Chuck Kelly will call the play-by-play. Saturday's game may be aired on the internet only (tape delay on KOKC), should the OU men's basketball team advance to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament, as they would play at the same time as the baseball team. All times and availability are subject to change. For the games broadcasted on Yahoo only, fans within the ballpark can catch Chuck Kelly live on 95.5 FM via a special frequency. Live stats will also be available through SoonerSports.com.
Friday, March 11th - Giveaway: First 100 fans will receive an OU walkman radio
Saturday, March 12th - Run the Bases - All children are invited to run around the bases after the game
Sunday, March 13th - Church Bulletin - Bring your church bulletin and receive a $3 general admission ticket
LAST TIME OUT
The Sooners' offense exploded in its last two outings, posting 41 runs in the two-game set with Arkansas-Pine Bluff. OU snapped its two-game losing streak after taking game one of the series, 21-8 and followed that up with a 20-0 win on Wednesday.
OU HURLERS COMBINE FOR NO-HIT GEM
Six different OU pitchers saw time on the mound to strike out 11 batters and recorded the first combined no-hitter in school history. The staff only allowed five base runners for the game on four walks and a hit batsman.
The last time an individual Sooner threw a no-hitter occurred when Jim Husling baffled Old Dominion in the 1989 season. Before today, six OU hurlers have thrown a game without allowing a hit.
Freshman Kevin Duke made his first career start and set the tone for the rest of the day after lasting three innings and striking out three in the process to record the win. He was followed by junior John Brownell (2.0 innings, 2 strikeouts), junior Daniel McCutchen (1.0 innings, 2 strikeouts), sophomore Ryan Mottern (1.0 innings, 2 strikeouts), junior Will Savage (1.0 innings, strikeout) and junior P.J. Sandoval (1.0 innings, strikeout) who all managed to hold the Golden Lions hitless in nine innings.
It was also the first game this season that the OU pitching staff held a team scoreless.
RALEY'S HITTING STREAK
Junior (2B) Russell Raley's 13-game hitting streak came to a halt on Wednesday despite the fact that the Uvalde, Texas native reached base four times in the game (two errors and two walks). Raley was one game shy of tying his career high of 14 that he set a year ago in between April 13 and May 7.
Although Russell Raley's streak is done, junior Freddy Rodriguez (nicknamed "boom boom") continues to swing a hot bat for the Sooners riding a seven-game streak of hitting safely. The versatile infielder who has played at every position in the infield this season, is leading the team in batting average with a .409 clip. His 13 RBI also ranks second on the team, tied with Raley. During his current seven-game hitting streak, Rodriguez is batting .467 with 11 RBI and 12 runs scored.
The Sooners once again had success running the bases on Wednesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff with a season-high six stolen bases. Tuesday’s total of five swipes against the Golden Lions was the previous high. Williams and Chuckie Caufield were a combined 6-for-6 on stolen base attempts in the series. Caufield leads all Sooners with five swipes this season and is perfect in all five of his attempts. Joe Dunigan, Jackson Williams and Russell Raley all have three stolen bases each and as a team, OU is 21-for-27 on the year.
TOP 25 OPPOSITION
The Sooners face eight different schools throughout the season (combined 20 games) ranked in either the Baseball America or Sports Weekly/ESPN top 25 polls this week (three in the top 10). More than half of those contests occur once Big 12 competition begins as Texas (2/1), Texas A&M (9/15), Baylor (19/23), Texas Tech (22/21) and Nebraska (22-ESPN) are all currently ranked in the top 25. Non-conference opponents ranked among the nation’s best include; Cal State Fullerton (3/3), TCU (24/25) and Wichita State (19-ESPN).
TENT PARTIES AT L. DALE MITCHELL
The OU baseball team will host the second of four "Tent Parties" at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Saturday, March 12 for its game against Northwestern State at 1 p.m.
Members of the Home Run club will have a chance to hear what head coach Larry Cochell and select players have to say about the upcoming game and enjoy food and drinks before the first pitch.
The tent will open at 12 p.m. just outside the stadium near the southwest corner. Members will also have the opportunity to listen to the post-game press interview with Cochell and the player of the game held live on the radio with play-by-play announcer Chuck Kelly.