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Irvin, Sooners Open Four-Game Series Friday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
March 9-11 | Norman, Okla. | L. Dale Mitchell Park
A&M Corpus Christi
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Oklahoma
Weekend Pitching Match-Ups
First Pitch Oklahoma Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Fri. 6:30 p.m. RHP-Jake Irvin (2-0, 2.00) RHP-Dustin Lacaze (1-0, 2.55)
>>>Last Start vs. Alabama (3/2): ND, 7.0 IP, 1 R, 11 K vs. Utah Valley (3/2): ND, 4.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 K
Sat. 1 p.m. RHP-Devon Perez (0-0, 4.50) RHP-Aaron Hernandez (1-1, 3.06)
>>>Last Start vs. Alabama (3/3): ND, 4.0 IP, 1 R, 4 K vs. Utah Valley (3/3): W, 9.0 IP, 0 R, 15 K
Sat. 4 p.m. RHP-Cade Cavalli (1-0, 7.36) RHP-Tate Gillespie (1-0, 4.26)
>>>Last Start N/A vs. Utah Valley (3/3): ND, 7 H, 3 R
Sun. 1 p.m. RHP-Kyle Tyler (0-2, 6.17) RHP-Jackson Owens (1-0, 2.93)
>>>Last Start vs. Alabama (3/4): L, 3.1 IP, 5 ER, 4 K vs. Utah Valley (3/4): ND, 5.1 IP, 6 R, 6K

FIRST PITCH

The Oklahoma baseball team is home for a four-game series against Texas A&M Corpus Christi this weekend. The Sooners and Island open their series Friday, March 9 at 6:30 p.m. The next two days begin at 1 p.m. from L. Dale Mitchell Park with a doubleheader slated for Saturday. All four games will air locally on Sportstalk 99.3 FM and 1400 AM. Voice of the Sooners Toby Rowland and veteran OU broadcaster Chad McKee will alternate the play-by-play coverage from the radio booth. Audio of the games can be stream at Sportstalk1400.com or the Sportstalk page on the TuneIn mobile app. Video of the games is available all weekend with a subscription to SoonerSports.tv.

ABOUT THE SOONERS

Oklahoma is 7-6 on the year after a 15-3 win over No. 25 Dallas Baptist (3/6), which concluded a 3-2 record against ranked opponents in an eight-day stretch. Junior right-hander Jake Irvin is 2-0 in three starts, all wins for the Sooners, with a 2.00 earned run average. He has totaled 29 strikeouts in 18 innings; posting 11 strikeouts in each of the last two games. Senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall is hitting .611 (11-for-18) over the last four games to lift his average to .367, which ranks second on the team, to go with a team-leading 15 RBI. Junior left fielder and leadoff-hitter Cade Harris is hitting a team-high .380 with 13 runs and eight doubles. Sophomore shortstop Brandon Zaragoza has hit .346 (9-for-26) over the last seven games to bring his season batting average to .267. He has scored nine runs, driven in seven and totaled three doubles. In the back end of the OU bullpen, junior RHP Austin Hansen has made a team-high eight appearances with a 1.12 ERA and 1-1 record with 11 strikeouts in eight innings. Junior RHP Connor Berry has nailed down two saves and is 0-1 with a 1.42 ERA and 7 strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

PROMOTIONS

The "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friends" sorority winner will be announced after the third inning of Friday night's game. Sunday is once again "Sunday Funday" where kids can run the bases after the conclusion of the game. It will also be the first "Selfie Sunday" of the seasons as fans can stick around for selfies and autographs with some of their favorite Sooners near the third base dugout.

THE FORECAST

Projected Starters
OU Lineup BA/OBP/SLG Notes
LF-Cade Harris .380/.508/.620 Eight doubles bests career-best seven set in 2016.
SS-Brandon Zaragoza .267/.333/.333 Walk-off sacrifice-fly to beat Valpo (2/25).
RF-Steele Walker .255/.377/.373 Collected 41st career multihit game vs. DBU (3/6).
CF-Kyler Murray .233/.314/.467 Stole 13th consecutive base vs. Holy Cross (2/25).
1B-Brady Lindsly .304/.452/.391 2-for-2 with three walks and a sac-fly vs. Bama (3/3).
3B-Brylie Ware .234/.327/.277 11-for-33 after 0-for-14 start to the season.
2B-Kyle Mendenhall .367/.424/.510 Winning pitcher, scored winning run vs. Valpo (2/25).
C-Justin Mitchell .171/.216/.257 39th round draft pick of the Royals.
DH-Cade Cavalli .250/.377/.386 Go-ahead, two-RBI single vs. Dallas Baptist (3/6).

SENIOR LEADER

Kyle Mendenhall has the distinction of being the only four-year senior on the Sooner roster; a position that has been held by just one player in each of the last three seasons. Hunter Haley was the only four-year player in 2016 and Austin O’Brien the only one in 2017. Mendenhall is building on his junior campaign, which was his best offensive season through three years at OU. A .233 career hitter, he is currently hitting .367 and driven in 15 runs, tied for the second highest total of his career through just 13 games.

CROOKED NUMBERS

The OU lineup was hitting just .220 following a 5-2 loss at Dallas Baptist (2/27). Since turning the calendar to March, the Sooners are hitting a collective .336 (51-for-152) and have collected 10 hits or more in three of four games. Oklahoma is 3-1 over that stretch and averaging nine runs per game, including its two largest offensive outbursts of the season, which totaled seven multi-run innings. In the first 10 games of the season, the Sooners scored more than one run in an inning only 10 times.

Next Home Game
Oklahoma vs. Texas Southern
March 13 | Norman, Okla.
Oklahoma gets Texas Southern for two at L. Dale Mitchell Park next week. Tuesday will be "'90s Night" at the yard as well as the second "T-Shirt Tuesday" on the calendar. TICKETS

SCOUTING THE ISLANDERS

Texas A&M Corpus Christi is off to a 10-2 start, which includes a series win over UT Arlington plus a 6-3 win vs. No. 21 Mississippi State (2/25) at the Islanders’ home Kleberg Bank College Classic. Third baseman Jackson Owens is hitting .469 and slugging .719 in nine games played with 12 runs and nine RBI. First baseman Harrison Dinicola is second on the team with a .404 average and slugging a team-best .745 with eight extra-base hits, including three home runs. In the Friday night starter role, right-hander Dustin Lacaze is 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 17.2 innings.

LAST TIME THEY MET

The No. 14 Sooners defeated the Islanders, 4-2, at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi on Feb. 23, 2013. Matt Oberste drove in two runs in the first inning. Jon Gray picked up his second win of the season with seven innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts. Jacob Evans nailed down his second save of the season with a perfect 1.1 innings of relief.

AGAINST THE SOUTHLAND

The Southland ranked 12th in conference RPI last season. The Sooners are 52-19 all-time against the teams currently in the Southland. Oklahoma’s most common opponents are Lamar and Sam Houston State, which the Sooners have played 14 times apiece. OU last took on a Southland team in 2016; a series sweep to Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas.



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