Junior infielder leads Big 12 in hits, home runs, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage.
Feb. 25, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team's junior infielder Matt Oberste has been named the Big 12 Conference's Player of the Week, marking the first time a Sooner has earned back-to-back conference player of the week honors since Garrett Buechele achieved the feat in 2011.
Oberste continued his white-hot start to the 2013 season, helping the Sooners go 5-0 last week to open the 2013 campaign with a perfect 9-0 mark. Oberste hit .450 with a team-high nine hits – including two doubles and two home runs – to go along with a team-high eight RBI and four runs scored. He earned All-2013 Kleberg Bank College Classic Team honors after batting a team-best .417 with five hits – including a double and a home run – to go along with five RBI and a run scored over three games at the weekend classic in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Oberste is batting a team-best .441 on the season and leads the Big 12 with 15 hits, three home runs, 17 RBI, 29 total bases and a slugging percentage of .853. He has hit safely in all nine games this season and 12 consecutive games dating back to the 2012 season. The Salisaw, Okla., native tallied three multi-hit and multi-RBI games last week and leads OU with five multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games in 2013.
OU is one of 13 unbeaten teams in NCAA Division I baseball and joins Mississippi State as the only squads to hold a 9-0 mark heading into the third week of the season. The Sooners are off to their best start since flying out of the gates to a 16-0 mark in 2011. Oklahoma is ranked No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 12 by USA Today, No. 15 by the NCBWA, No. 18 by Baseball America and No. 19 by Perfect Game.
Oklahoma swept a doubleheader over Arkansas Pine Bluff last Tuesday by scores of 4-2 and 11-1 (eight innings) before winning the 2013 Kleberg Bank College Classic title at Whataburger Field, the home of the Houston Astros' Double-A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks, with a perfect 3-0 mark over the weekend. The Sooners topped Iowa, 3-1, on Friday before taking down host Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 4-2, Saturday and coming from behind to defeat New Mexico, 10-8, Sunday.
Oklahoma welcomes No. 29 Pepperdine to L. Dale Mitchell Park next weekend for a three-game set. Fans can purchase tickets online on SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-GoOU. Sunday's game will be televised live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.