OU Baseball Notebook April 29
Overall Record: 30-15
Big 12 Record: 8-7
LAST WEEK RESULTS: 3-1
W 9-4 on road at Wichita State
W 8-4 on road at Kansas State
L 2-5 on road at Kansas State
W 6-3 (10) on road at Kansas State
THIS WEEK SCHEDULE:
Friday, May 3 vs. Texas Tech – 6:30 p.m. (Norman, Okla.)
Saturday, May 4 vs. Texas Tech – 2 p.m. (Norman, Okla.)
Sunday, May 5 vs. Texas Tech – 1 p.m. (Norman, Okla.)
KEY NOTES OF WEEK
● Oklahoma has won five of its last six games, including its last two weekend series.
● The Sooners rank 13th nationally in ERA (3.31), 13th in double plays (41), 37th in triples (14), eighth in sacrifice bunts (40) and 21st in fielding percentage (.979). OU batters have drawn 230 walks, a total that ranks 29th nationally.
● Oklahoma leads the Big 12 in fewest walks per nine innings (3.69) and is second in ERA (3.24; leader WVU is at 3.22). Offensively, OU is fourth in the conference in on base percentage (.383), first in triples and third in doubles (77).
● All nine of Oklahoma’s remaining are against teams currently ranked in the top 50 of the NCAA RPI. Four of those remaining games will be play at OU’s home ballpark, beginning this weekend against Texas Tech. Of its final 32 games of the regular season, 28 are against teams ranked in the top 100 of the RPI, including 18 against the RPI top 50.
● Freshman Jaret Godman was superb in 7.1 innings over two relief appearances last week. He pitched 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out five batters and allowed a run on three hits and one walk to earn the win Tuesday at Wichita State. On Sunday at Kansas State, he held the Wildcats scoreless over 2.1 frames. In his last four outings, Godman has allowed one run over 12.0 innings, with nine strikeouts, two walks and seven hits allowed.
● Junior Jason Ruffcorn earned the win with 2.0 scoreless innings on Sunday. He is listed on the Stopper of the Year midseason update by the NCBWA, and ranks 11th nationally and first in the Big 12 with 10 saves. He also leads the league and ranks 13th nationally with 25 appearances.
● Freshman outfielder Diego Muniz hit his third home run of the season on Sunday in the 10th inning. His two-run homer gave OU a 5-3 lead on its way to a 6-3 win. He tallied three RBIs in the game, also knocking a run-scoring single as part of the three-run eighth inning rally. He collected four hits, four RBIs and scored two runs in the series at K-State.
● Sophomore outfielder Tanner Tredaway batted .538 (7-13) last week with three doubles, five RBIs and four runs scored, and also laid down three sacrifice bunts. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI doubles at Wichita State, then drove in a run each game at K-State, totaling five hits and four runs in the series. He singled in OU’s first run Sunday, then singled ahead of Muniz’s game-winning home run.
● Junior outfielder Brady Harlan batted .400 (4-10) last week with two doubles, four walks, three RBIs and four runs scored. He was especially productive at Wichita State, going 2-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored – his second straight three-RBI contest. He also had two hits and scored a run in the series opener at K-State.
● Junior shortstop Brandon Zaragoza is on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, given by the College Baseball Foundation to the nation’s top shortstop, and is on a 12-game hitting streak and an 18-game reached base streak. He batted .400 in the weekend series, and went 2-for-5 on Sunday, walking to begin the eighth inning rally.
● Freshman Wyatt Olds ranks 13th nationally and is tied with Ruffcorn to lead the Big 12 with 25 appearances. He has pitched 20 scoreless outings in his 25 appearances this season, and struck out 33 batters in 23.1 innings.