Baseball Back Home to Face Texas Tech
|First Pitch||Oklahoma||Texas Tech|
|Fri. 6:30 p.m.||RHP-Nathan Wiles (7-2, 3.71)||RHP-Micah Dallas (4-0, 3.74)|
|Sat. 2 p.m.||LHP-Levi Prater (6-4, 2.54)||RHP-Caleb Kilian (7-2, 4.22)|
|Sun. 1 p.m.||RHP-Ben Abram (6-1, 3.21)||RHP-Bryce Bonnin (3-1, 5.68)|
• Oklahoma returns home to the friendly confines of L. Dale Mitchell Park this weekend for the first time since April 9, as the Sooners play host to Texas Tech for an important three-game Big 12 series. Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Mitchell Park.
• OU leads the overall series against Texas Tech, including a 26-12-1 advantage in Norman.
• Oklahoma is coming off an 11-game road swing with trips to Baylor, Oral Roberts, Minnesota, Wichita State and Kansas State. OU went 6-5 on the road swing, and is 13-10 overall in away games this season. The Sooners will play their next six games in the state of Oklahoma.
• Oklahoma is No. 36 in the most recent NCAA RPI rankings through May 1 games. The Sooners are 13-10 in road games and have 14 wins in 25 games against opponents in the top 100 of the RPI rankings. OU is one of six Big 12 schools in the RPI top 50, joining Texas Tech (13), West Virginia (15), Baylor, (23), Oklahoma State (24), and Texas (48). With Kansas State (76), TCU (87), and Kansas (89), every Big 12 school ranks in the top 90 of the RPI.
• 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.
ON THE AIR
• The games will air on Sportstalk 1400 AM/99.3 FM and the Sooner Sports Network with Toby Rowland and Ross Hubbard on the call.
• Friday's game will be televised by FOX College Sports, commentated by Dave Barnett and Pat Combs.
• Saturday's game will be a SoonerSportsTV production televised on FOX Sports Oklahoma, with George Frazier and Hubbard calling the action, as Hubbard moves from radio to television for the second game of the series.
• The series finale on Sunday will be televised on ESPNU. Richard Cross and Mike Rooney on the call.
• Fans are encouraged to #PacktheDale and fill L. Dale Mitchell Park all weekend. Tickets for the series can be purchased at SoonerSports.com/Tickets.
• Friday is Oklahoma's annual Go Mitch Go game, honoring the memory of young OU fan Mitchell Whitaker through the Go Mitch Go Foundation. A fireworks show will also take place following the game on Friday.
• Saturday Bark in the Park. The first 100 dogs inside the gates will receive an OU baseball chew toy and bandana. All dogs will receive a voucher for the pup concession stand. Waiver forms must be signed before a dog can enter the stadium.
• Saturday is OU baseball's Mental Health Awareness game. The Sooners will promote mental health awareness during the game with green shoelaces and bat grips, as well as video board elements. Fans are encouraged join the Sooners and include green in their wardrobe at the game on Saturday.
• Sunday is the Cinco de Mayo + Los Sooners game. The first 400 fans at the stadium can receive a Los Sooners baseball cap.
• Sunday is Kids Day. After the game on Sunday, and every home Sunday, kids can run the bases and play catch on the field.
• The ticket office and gates open 90 minutes prior to the scheduled game time. The ticket office and will call windows are located behind home plate, along W. Imhoff Rd.
CLEAR BAG POLICY/STADIUM ENTRY FOR 2019
• Consistent with all University of Oklahoma Athletics events, a clear bag policy is in effect for the 2019 baseball season at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
• The approved clear plastic bag size is a maximum of 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag. Stadium policy will allow non-transparent clutch purses that are no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.
• In addition, metal detectors will be located at each stadium entrance gate.
• Lawn chairs and metal frame seats with chairbacks are allowed in L. Dale Mitchell Park, and will be required to go through appropriate security screening at the main gate west entrance.
• For more information, visit SoonerSports.com/gameday.
ABOUT THE SOONERS
• OU is in its second year under the direction of head coach Skip Johnson. Johnson is 68-40 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 March 24. The Sooners are 2,609-1,512-12 (.633) all-time in their 119th season of competition.
• OU has allowed three or fewer runs in 24 of 45 games this season, and allowed one or zero runs 13 times.
• OU ranks 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.
• OU leads the Big 12 in team ERA and fewest walks per nine innings (3.58), and ranks third in opponent batting average (.235). The Sooners lead the conference in runners picked off (seven), paced by a league-high five runners picked off by Levi Prater.
• OU is batting .268 as a team and averaging 5.7 runs per game, with 85 doubles, 14 triples and 20 home runs. The Sooners allow opponents 3.7 runs per game and a .235 batting average.
• The Sooners have a 3.31 team ERA with 388 strikeouts to 160 walks in 402.1 innings. The starting pitchers have a combined 3.06 ERA and have struck out 237 batters and allowed 218 hits in 246.2 innings.
• 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 at K-State. 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 at K-State. 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 last weekend.
• 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 at K-State last weekend, 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.
ABOUT THE RED RAIDERS
• Texas Tech has won seven of its last 10 games, including its last two series against Baylor (2-1) and Oklahoma State (3-0). The Raiders split a midweek set against UT Rio Grande Valley, falling 6-3 and winning 19-11.
• TTU is hitting .306 as a team, and averaging 8.0 runs and 3.6 extra base hits per game. Brian Klein, who is one of seven Raiders hitting .300 or better with a .355 average, Josh Jung (.338, eight home runs, 14 doubles, 44 RBIs), Dylan Neuse (.335, eight home runs, six triples, 43 RBIs) and Cameron Warren (.325, 11 home runs, 12 doubles, 56 RBIs) lead the Raiders offensively.
• The Red Raiders pitching staff has a 4.16 team ERA and 392 strikeouts against 176 walks in 389.1 innings, and allow opponents to hit .260.
• In the last six years, dating to 2013, the Sooners and Red Raiders have won each series on their home field.
• OU has won each of the last eight series played in Norman, dating back to the 2003 season. The last series in Norman that TTU won was in 1999. In 2001, the teams split the first two games and the third contest ended in a tie.