NORMAN, Okla -- The No. 25 Oklahoma Sooners (Collegiate Baseball) return to action on Tuesday, March 11 to battle Dallas Baptist (9-3) at 7 p.m. in Frisco, Texas. The game will be played at the Dr Pepper Ballpark and will be the first of two during the week at the Class AA home of the Texas Rangers (Frisco Rough Riders).
OU (12-2) and Northern Illinois (2-7) will take the field on Wednesday, March 12 at 3 p.m. The game will be the first meeting between the Sooners and Huskies.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
Tuesday, March 11 - 7 p.m.
OU - Sophomore Andrew Doyle - RHP (2-1, 2.50 ERA, 18 Ks)
DBU - Sophomore Victor Black - RHP (0-1,5.00 ERA, 5 Ks)
Wednesday - March 12 - 3 p.m.
The Sooners recorded a perfect 7-0 record last week with a three-game sweep of North Dakota State and a four-game sweep of Western Illinois. OU scored 74 runs throughout the week off 88 hits.
Following the two mid weeks games, OU returns to Norman to host Washington State in the final non-conference series of the home schedule. The Sooners and Cougars will begin the four-game set on Friday, March 14 at 6:35 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. On Saturday, OU and WSU will play a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. The series finale is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch.
OU - DBU SERIES
The Sooners lead the all-time series with the Patriots, 17-2. OU and DBU met twice last season with one game played at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The Sooners won that meeting 9-7. The teams met later in the year in Norman, which resulted in a 2-1 OU victory. The Patriots two wins in the series have come in the last five meetings.
The Sooners, winners of nine straight games, sit second the Big 12 standings after Sunday's action with a 12-2 overall record (.857). OU trails Baylor (10-1) in first place. The winning streak is the longest since March 10, 2007, when OU recorded its 11th consecutive victory.
The Sooners have laced together streaks of 10 or more wins on 20 occasions since 1962, with the 24-game streak in 1975 still standing as the school record.
SOONERS BREAK INTO TOP 25
OU's nine-game winning streak was noticed around the country as evident in this week's polls. The Sooners are ranked No. 25 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, marking the first time this season that they have appeared in the top 25. The Sooners are also receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' and NCBWA (media) polls.
FREEMAN NAMED A CANDIDATE FOR LOWE'S AWARD
OU senior Jarod Freeman was announced as one of 30 candidates for the 2008 Lowe's Senior Class Award for baseball on Tuesday. Freeman's nomination marks the second consecutive year that a Sooner has appeared on the list. In 2007, Aaron Ivey was a finalist for the award.
Presented annually to NCAA® Division I student-athletes in eight sports, the award focuses on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who fulfill their entire athletic eligibility and pursue their degree. Since that time, Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, has expanded the award to include other NCAA sports including baseball. Click here to read more.
OU (12-2) is off to its best start after 14 games since the 1998 season when it started 13-1. The Sooners have been winning games with offense during the hot start and have outscored their opponents, 111-48 this season.
OU TOP PITCHER LAST WEEK
RHP Ryan Duke | Freshman, 6-0, 160 | Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen H.S.)
Duke made two appearances last week and recorded two wins with 10 strikeouts. On March 4, Duke lasted five innings in a start against North Dakota State. In the start, the right hander allowed three runs off six hits and struck out five batters. In his second appearance, Duke tossed 4 1/3 innings of relief against Western Illinois on March 9. Duke earned the win after holding the Leathernecks scoreless off four hits and two walks. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native also struck out five batters to tie a season high.
Duke leads the Sooners with three wins and ranks second with 16 strikeouts.
OU TOP PLAYER LAST WEEK
Mike Gosse | DH/2B | Senior, 5-7, 160, L/R | Pitt Meadows, British Columbia (New Mexico Junior College)
Gosse hit safely in six of the Sooners' seven games last week, with multiple hits in five of those games and a .414 batting average. Gosse drove in 11 runs off two home runs, four doubles and a triple. The British Columbia native had multiple RBIs in four games, including a career-high four RBIs in the series opener against North Dakota State. Gosse also scored nine runs and recorded an .828 slugging percentage in last week's games.
Gosse took over the leadoff roll a week ago for the Sooners and put together an eight-game hitting streak, a career high. Gosse leads OU with 17 RBIs, five homers and an .891 slugging percentage and all three totals rank in the top five amongst Big 12 hitters in the same category. He is tied for second on the club with a .391 average.