|Oklahoma (5-3) at ASU Tournament|
Surprise, Ariz. - Surprise Stadium (10,500)
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|Game Info:||Game Notes (PDF)|
NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma baseball is on the road for its second consecutive tournament as it heads to the Kansas City Royals’ spring training facility for a four-game weekend at the ASU Tournament hosted by Arizona State. Game one of the tournament is Thursday at 5:00 pm against Manhattan.
The Sooners went 1-2 at the UCF Tournament last weekend and heads to Arizona at 5-3 on the season. As a team, Oklahoma’s average dropped to .292. Junior catcher Mac James continues to lead the way at .444 (12-for-27) with eight runs scored and seven driven in on five extra-base hits. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley is third on the team with a .345 (10-for-29) average, but leads OU with 11 RBI, 10 runs and three home runs. Oklahoma pitchers have combined to own a 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. The Sooner bullpen, led by senior RHP Drew Krittenbrink and sophomore RHP Ralph Garza Jr. has a cumulative 2.16 earned run average. In five appearances, Krittenbrink has not allowed a run, while Garza owns a 1.69 ERA and picked up a save in five appearances.
1st - Scouting the Jaspers
Oklahoma’s first contest of the ASU Tournament is against Manhattan, Thursday at 5:00 pm. The Jaspers are 1-3 on the season, picking up its lone win over Delaware at the Campbell Invitation on Saturday. Catcher Brendan Slattery leads the way at the plate, hitting .583 (7-for-12) with two runs and two RBI. Manhattan is coming off a 24-28 season in 2013 and recently appeared in NCAA Regionals in both 2011 and 2012.
2nd - Scouting the Broncos
Santa Clara claimed the Irish Baseball Classic over the weekend with an 8-7 win over Notre Dame to improve to 5-4 on the season. The Broncos, winners of their last four, are led by center fielder Greg Harisis with a .375 (15-for-40) average and 10 runs scored. Right-hander Steven Wilson is scheduled to make his third start of the season on Friday. He has yet to record a decision in 12 innings of work with a 3.55 ERA and just one strikeout to his credit.
3rd - Marching On
Oklahoma flips the calendar as it hits the weekend for games against Arizona State on Saturday and Gonzaga on Sunday. Saturday’s contest against the host Sun Devils will take place at Surprise Stadium, Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals. ASU enters the weekend at 3-4. Gonzaga is 2-6 on the season.
4th - All-Time vs. The Field
The Sooners’ match-up against Manhattan on Thursday will be the first in program history, while Oklahoma meets Santa Clara (0-1) on Friday for the second time and first since 1991. The Sooners trail the all-time series with Arizona State (18-49) and Gonzaga (1-2).
5th - Sooners in the Desert
Arizona State has won eight of the last nine match-ups against Oklahoma; all of which have been played in Tempe, Ariz. The Sooners lone win in that stretch was a 15-8 win over the No. 11 Sun Devils on March 18, 2006. Oklahoma last visited Arizona State for the 2008 NCAA Tempe Regional. The two teams last met in Surprise in 2005; a 7-5 ASU win. OU won in Surprise in 2004, 6-0. Oklahoma twice defeated Arizona State in the 1994 College World Series.
6th - Crooked Numbers
Through the first eight games, Oklahoma has put up two or more runs in an inning 18 times and three or more 11 times. In game one against Arkansas Pine Bluff, the Sooners set a season-high with seven runs in the first inning.
7th - Backup Plan
The Sooner bullpen is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA and has recorded 40 strikeouts in 33.1 innings to just 13 walks. Oklahoma’s bullpen put up a string of 15 straight scoreless innings that was snapped in the eighth inning against The Citadel on Friday. For the season, OU relievers have tossed 25 shutout innings in the 32 complete innings pitched.
8th - Lineups
In the first eight games of the season, Oklahoma has used eight different starting lineups. Senior second baseman Hector Lorenzana, sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin and redshirt-junior right fielder Taylor Alspaugh have started all eight games at their respective positions.
9th - TWI(OU)B History
Oklahoma went 3-0 at the 2004 Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif. The Sooners posted a 10-inning win at No. 13 Cal State Fullerton, 5-1, then defeated USC, 9-6, and No. 3 Georgia Tech, 6-2. Left fielder Aaron Ivey went 2-for-4 in the opener against the Titans and drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 10th. For the weekend, Russell Raley hit .462, while Ole Sheldon hit .385 with four RBI.