March 25, 2013
|No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners (22-4)
at Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (8-15)
J. L. Johnson Stadium - Tulsa, Okla.
|Game 27||Tuesday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. CT|
|Radio||KREF Sports Talk 1400 & the Sooner Sports Network|
| Live Stats
The No. 12-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team puts its 10-game winning streak on the line and looks to complete a season-series sweep of Oral Roberts Tuesday in Tulsa. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT. The contest will be broadcast live on KREF 1400 AM.
The Sooners (22-4) completed their 10-game homestand with a perfect record of 10-0, including two victories over the Golden Eagles (8-15) last week at L. Dale Mitchell Park. OU outlasted ORU, 9-8, in 15 innings last Tuesday, then posted a 15-8 victory the following day.
Oklahoma closed out its homestand by sweeping conference newcomer TCU to open Big 12 play last weekend. The Sooners posted a 3-2 win in 12 innings in the opener on Friday, a 3-1 victory Saturday and a 4-3 triumph in 10 innings in the Sunday finale. Oklahoma has gone to extra innings in three of the last five games and is 4-1 in extra-inning affairs in 2013.
Oklahoma is off to its best start through 26 games since 2010, when the Sooners advanced to the NCAA College World Series under head coach Sunny Golloway. OU is in the midst of its second 10-game winning streak of the 2013 season. The Sooners opened the campaign with 10 straight wins. It marks the first time an OU squad has accomplished such a feat since 1985, when Oklahoma posted both a 19-game winning streak and an 11-game winning streak.
Oklahoma returns to the friendly confines of L. Dale Mitchell Park this weekend to square off with Kansas in its second Big 12 series of the season.
INSIDE THE WINNING STREAK
OU is batting .306 as a team with 24 extra-base hits and has outscored the opposition, 61-29, while the pitching staff sports a 1.80 ERA with 94 strikeouts against 33 walks during its current 10-game winning streak.
OBIE'S IN BEAST MODE
Junior infielder Matt Oberste is one of the hottest hitters in the country right now and rides a 26-game hitting streak into today's game against Oral Roberts, which ranks as the second-longest such streak in OU history. Marty Neff hit safely in 27 straight in 1991.
Oberste, who began the campaign by capturing back-to-back Big 12 Conference Player of the Week honors, leads the country in hits (48) and ranks second in batting average (.471), tied for sixth in RBI (33), seventh in slugging percentage (.824) and tied for ninth in home runs (7). He has tallied a team-high 14 multi-hit games in 2013. During OU's current 10-game winning streak, he's hit at a team-best .561 clip with a team-high 23 hits --including four doubles, a triple and two home runs -- to go along with nine RBI and 13 runs scored.
OU sports a pair of 2013 preseason All-American aces in its weekend rotation in junior righty Jonathan Gray and junior southpaw Dillon Overton.
Overton is 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA and has fanned 39 against just eight walks over 43.0 innings. He was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after fanning seven over seven frames while surrendering just two hits to help power Oklahoma to a 10-4 victory over Hofstra on opening day.
Gray, who is 4-1 in 2013, leads the starting rotation with a 1.41 ERA with a team-high 51 strikeouts over a team-high 44.2 innings of work. He has been nothing short of sensastional over his last three starts, posting a 2-0 record with an 0.36 ERA. He's fanned 32 over 25.0 innings while surrendering just one earned run on 13 hits and two walks during that span.
Gray was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week after Oklahoma rode his arm to a 4-0 victory at then-No. 12-ranked UCLA three weeks ago in Los Angeles. Gray put together a masterful performance on the mound for OU, fanning eight over seven scoreless frames. The Sooners posted their first shutout since blanking Baylor, 1-0, in 10 innings on May 12, 2012. He followed that effort up by fanning a career-high 12 in a complete-game effort to push OU to a 1-0 victory two weeks ago over Northwestern State. Gray, who tossed his first complete-game shutout in the triumph over the Demons, was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week for the second week in a row. He put together another strong performance on the hill last Friday against TCU, matching his career high of 12 strikeouts over nine innings of work.
Senior infielder Jack Mayfield has already provided some memorable moments at the plate through 21 games for the Sooners in 2013.
Mayfield lifted a sacrifice fly to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning to push Oklahoma to a 3-2 walk-off triumph over New Mexico State last Wednesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. He crushed a three-run home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the eighth inning to push OU to its ninth straight win to open the 2013 season courtesy of a 10-8 come-from-behind victory over New Mexico on March 24 at the 2013 Kleberg Bank College Classic at Whataburger Field, the home of the Houston Astros' Double-A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks. He was named MVP of the weekend classic for his efforts.
Mayfield, who has started every game this season for the Sooners, is batting .248 with 28 hits -- including six doubles and three homers -- to go along with 15 RBI and 24 runs scored.
WHITE'S (BETTER THAN) ALRIGHT
Senior outfielder/infielder Max White has made his presence felt for the Sooners, posting a .294 batting average and 30 hits to go along with 13 RBI and 24 runs scored. He smacked a leadoff base hit back up the middle, then scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the 12th inning to push the Sooners past TCU, 3-2, in the series opener last Friday.
CAREY'S SCARY GOOD
Senior infielder Garrett Carey is batting .284 on the season with 25 hits -- including five doubles, a triple and three homers -- to go along with 13 RBI and 15 runs scored.
NEWCOMERS MAKING AN IMPACT AT THE PLATE...
Junior infielder Hector Lorenzana is batting .291 with 30 hits -- including seven doubles and a home run -- to along with 12 RBI.
Freshman outfielder Hunter Haley is batting .279 with 19 hits and 10 RBI and has come on strong during OU's current 10-game winning streak. During the streak, he's hitting .323 with 10 hits and five RBI.
Freshman outfielder Craig Aikin is hitting at a .280 clip with 30. Like Haley, he has also been producing at the plate during Oklahoma's current 10-game winning streak, batting .310 with 13 hits and six runs scored.
Freshman infielder Kolbey Carpenter is hitting .262 with 22 hits -- including four doubles and two triples -- to go along with nine RBI.
...AND ON THE MOUND
Newcomers making an impact can also be found on the mound in 2013.
Redshirt freshman Adam Choplick is 3-0 with a 2.88 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 25.0 innings of work, including five starts.
Freshman Jacob Evans was named the Big 12 Conference's Newcomer of the Week on Monday. This marks the first conference honor of the Broken Arrow, Okla., native's young career.
Evans continued to show the cool of a veteran out of the bullpen in OU's Big 12 Conference opening weekend series sweep of TCU. He nailed down his team-leading fourth save of the season with 1.2 scoreless frames of work Saturday, bailing the Sooners out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning to preserve Oklahoma's 3-1 lead. On Sunday, he tossed two scoreless frames and earned the pitching victory to improve to 4-0 on the season. He has not surrendered a run in each of his last 10 appearances out of the bullpen.