Godsey Lifts Sooners Over Stars In Baseball Season Opener

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 03, 2001

Feb. 3, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. - Sooner centerfielder Jerome Godsey blasted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the 15th-ranked Oklahoma baseball team a 4-3 victory over Oklahoma City Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park in both teams' season openers. The home run was part of a game and career-best 4-for-6 performance by the senior who also drove in two runs and swiped a base. The Sooners were also aided offensively by totalling six stolen bases, including two by leftfielder Bryan King. The win for OU (1-0) helped end a three-game losing streak to OCU (0-1) over the last two seasons.

Junior Rocky Cherry (1-0) picked up the win for the Sooners in relief after pitching three innings and giving up three hits and one unearned run. Cherry came on in relief of freshman Buddy Blair who threw four scoreless innings in relief in his first collegiate appearance.

Godsey stepped to the plate with one away in the 11th inning and tagged OCU reliever Kevin Ruedi (0-1) for a shot that landed over the right centerfield fence and ended the game. It marked only the second home run in his collegiate career and the first since last season's opening day grand slam over Oklahoma Baptist.

Godsey's home run was the second of the afternoon for the Sooners after junior first baseman Charlie Frasier blasted a solo homer earlier in the sixth inning to pull Oklahoma even with Oklahoma City at two runs apiece. Freshman designated hitter Ryan Welborn led off the next frame with a walk and, after moving around to third on a stolen base and a base hit by senior shortstop Jason Bartlett, was driven in on a fielder's choice by senior third baseman Greg Dobbs to give OU a 3-2 lead.

The Stars tied the game at three in the top of the ninth inning when pinch hitter Aaron Williams tripled in rightfielder Mike Menard, who had reached base on an error by Dobbs, to force extra innings after the Sooners failed to respond in the bottom of the frame.

The Stars got on the scoreboard first with two runs in the top of the fourth inning off Sooner starter Brandon Hankins after two were out. OCU leftfielder Mario Delgado led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a double by rightfielder Mike Menard two batters later. Third baseman Jamie Tapp followed with a triple to plate Menard.

The two teams will battle again tomorrow at L. Dale Mitchell Park at 1 p.m.



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