Baseball Set for Non-Conference Bedlam

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
March 26 | Stillwater, Okla. | Allie P. Reynolds Stadium
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Pitching Matchup
First Pitch Oklahoma Oklahoma State
Tues. 6:30 p.m. RHP-Ben Abram (5-0, 1.61 ERA) RHP-C.J. Varela (0-0, 5.59)

FIRST PITCH

• Oklahoma plays a non-conference Bedlam contest at Oklahoma State Tuesday night in Stillwater. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
• The game will be broadcast on the Sooner Sports Network and Sportstalk 1400 AM/99.3 FM and televised on FOX Sports Oklahoma.
• This will be the first of four meetings against the Cowboys this season. OU and OSU will play the usual Bedlam conference series in May. The Friday night game of that series will be played at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Saturday night will be played at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City and the Sunday game will be played at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.
• Oklahoma is ranked No. 22 in the D1Baseball Poll, No. 24 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll and No. 25 in the Baseball American and Perfect Game polls. OU is up three spots in the D1Baseball poll and one spot in the CBN poll, and appears in the other two polls for the first time this season.
• Oklahoma is at least 21-4 to start a season for the second time in three years. In 2017 – when Skip Johnson joined OU as pitching coach – the team started the season 22-4.
• OU ranks second in the country with a 2.42 team ERA. The Sooners rank sixth in the country in triples (12), seventh in shutouts (4) and fifth in double plays (26).
• Junior catcher Brady Lindsly is tied for fourth nationally – and first among catchers – with four triples. Sophomore first baseman Tyler Hardman ranks 20th nationally in hits (37) and 38th in RBIs (27). Sophomore outfielder Jordan Vujovich and junior shortstop Brandon Zaragoza rank 17th (23) and 33rd (21) in walks, respectively.
• OU leads the Big 12 in ERA (2.42) and walks per nine innings (3.43). Hardman leads the league in hits (37) and is second in RBIs (27). Vujovich ranks second in walks (23) and on-base percentage (.516). Sophomore Levi Prater is third in strikeouts (46) and third in opponent batting average (.163).

ON THE AIR

• The game will be televised on FOX Sports Oklahoma. The game will be broadcast on the Sooner Sports Network and Sportstalk 1400 AM/99.3 FM with Toby Rowland on the call. The radio call will be streamed Sportstalk1400.com and the TuneIn mobile app.

ABOUT THE SOONERS

• OU is in its second year under the direction of head coach Skip Johnson. Johnson is 59-29 as OU head coach, and led the Sooners to an NCAA regional appearance last season.
• Oklahoma won its 2,600th game in program history on Sunday. The Sooners are 2,600-1,501-12 (.634) all-time in their 119th season of competition.
• The Sooners have tallied at least 10 hits in nine of the last 11 games. An eight-game streak ended Friday night. In that span, OU has averaged 11.1 hits and 8.4 runs per game.
• OU has allowed three or fewer runs in 18 of 25 games this season, and allowed one or zero runs 11 times.
• OU is batting .293 as a team and averaging 6.96 runs per game, with 46 doubles, 12 triples and 13 home runs. The Sooners allow opponents 3.1 runs per game and a .225 batting average.
• The Sooners have a 2.42 team ERA with 217 strikeouts to 85 walks in 223.0 innings. The starting pitchers have a 1.68 ERA and have struck out 136 batters and allowed 104 hits in 139.1 innings.
• Junior Jason Ruffcorn was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week. He appeared in all five games last week, earning three saves. He saved the games Saturday and Sunday, closing out the Sooners' series sweep of Kansas, holding a 4-3 lead Saturday and getting five outs on Sunday.
• Sophomore Cade Cavalli is on an 11-game hitting streak and a 13-game reached base streak. In his last eight games as DH, he has batted .457 (16-of-35) with 12 RBIs, 11 runs scored, five doubles and two home runs. He led OU with a .412 batting average last week, hitting four doubles and reaching base at a .474 clip. He drove in three runs and scored four, including two runs on Sunday. Friday night he pitched 6.2 shutout innings to open the Big 12 series with Kansas.
• Junior catcher Brady Lindsly hit two triples and a double on his way to batting .357 and slugging .714 last week. His four triples this season tie for fourth nationally and are the most of any catcher in the country.
• Sophomore outfielder Jordan Vujovich has reached base in 19 straight contests, dating back to Feb. 20 against Dallas Baptist. He has tallied 16 hits, 23 walks, been hit by a pitch seven times and scored 15 runs in that span. He reached base in 12 straight plate appearances from March 10-15.
• Junior second baseman Conor McKenna drove in a team-high six runs last week, batting .350 with a double and a triple. He also scored three runs and turned three of OU's six double plays last week.
• Sophomore Levi Prater struck out six batters over 5.0 innings and allowed one unearned run in Sunday's win over Kansas. He dropped his ERA to 0.98 for the season. He has allowed one earned run, and two overall, in 25.0 innings over his last four starts.
• Freshman Ben Abram pitched 6.0 innings last Tuesday at New Mexico, allowing one run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. It was his third straight start in which he pitched 6.0 innings.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS

• Oklahoma State is in its seventh year under head coach Josh Holliday, who has led the Cowboys to a 246-139-1 record.
• The Cowboys swept Kansas State last weekend by scores of 11-4, 5-4 and 8-4, and fell at Dallas Baptist last week, 7-5.
• OSU is hitting .284 as a team, and averaging 6.6 runs and 3.1 extra base hits per game. Carson McCusker leads the team with a .333 batting average and 11 doubles. Collin Simpson has a team-high 21 RBIs.
• The Cowboys have a 3.44 team ERA and 200 strikeouts against 94 walks in 196.0 innings.

SERIES HISTORY

• Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have played 305 times. The Cowboys lead the overall series, 163-142 and have won seven straight meetings.
• OSU won four meetings last season, 7-1 (Norman), 8-0 (Stillwater), and 10-1 and 9-2 (Tulsa). OU last defeated OSU in 2016 with a 3-1 victory in Tulsa, and the teams split two games that season. OU also won 9-1 in Oklahoma City, and OSU won 4-3 in Norman and 10-9 in Tulsa.
• The series dates back to 1942.

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