OR to host UTSA for the three-game set
Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13 / Norman, Okla. / L. Dale Mitchell Park
|Game time||Projected starter OR||Projected starter UTSA|
|Saturday, 2 p.m.||HPL Jake Bennett||RHP Jacob Jiménez|
|Sunday noon||HPR David Sandlin||RHP Ulises Quiroga|
|Sunday, 45 minutes after Game 1||HPL Chazz Martinez||RHP Braden Davis|
• Oklahoma continues its nine-game homestand with a series against UTSA this weekend at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners and Roadrunners are scheduled to play a single game at 2 p.m. Saturday and a double Sunday starting at noon. The series was moved to a Saturday-Sunday format due to bad weather in Oklahoma on Friday.
• Matches will be streamed live on SoonerSports.tv and streamed locally on Sportstalk 99.3 FM/1400 AM KREF. Taylor Maples will call the series opener on Saturday while Toby Rowland will be on the mic for the doubleheader on Sunday. The radio show can also be found on Sportstalk1400.com and the Sportstalk1400 app.
• Live stats will be available on OUStats.com.
• Tickets are available through SoonerSports.com. The box office and entrance gates to L. Dale Mitchell Park will open 60 minutes prior to the scheduled game time. The box office and call-in counters are located behind home plate along W. Imhoff Rd.
• The Sooners are in the middle of a nine-game homestand that started Tuesday against Dallas Baptist. Starting Saturday, OU will play eight games over 10 days at L. Dale Mitchell Park: three games against UTSA (March 12-13), two games against the Air Force (March 15-16) and three games against the New Orleans (March 18-20).
• Peyton Graham has multiple hits in five of Oklahoma’s 11 games this season and is on an eight-game hitting streak. Blake Robertson reached base safely in all 11 contests. Him and Tanner Tredaway have one hit in five consecutive games. Jake Bennett allowed one run, six hits and four walks in 18.0 innings this season.
• UTSA hits .325 as a team and averages 9.5 runs and 4.1 extra hits per game (28 doubles, 17 homers). The pitching staff compiled a 4.15 ERA, 118 strikeouts in 52 walks and 86 hits in 104.0 innings and allowed a .218 batting average against the opposition.
• Oklahoma is in his fifth season under the head coach Skip Johnson (including the 2020 season which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Johnson, who spent the 2017 season on staff as an assistant coach, led the Sooners to a 118-85 record since taking over as head coach ahead of the 2018 season.
• Oklahoma and UTSA shared two games in 2003 at Norman. This is the only previous meeting between the programs. The Sooners won the first game 9-5 before the Roadrunners won 4-1 in the second.
• The #LaunchPad is back for 2022. For the second year in a row, pledged donations of a custom dollar amount for every homer OU baseball hits in 2022 will go to the stadium renovation project. For more information, visit TheSoonerClub.com/LaunchPad.
• All donations from the Pledge Per Home Run campaign will be treated as charitable donations supporting the OU Softball Stadium Project or the OU Baseball Stadium Renovation Project and are tax deductible.
Flight on basic paths
• The Sooners have recorded 24 stolen bases in 31 attempts this season. Kendall Pettiswho led OU with seven steals last season, already has a team-high seven stolen bases. Tanner Tredaway (six interceptions last year), Blake Robertson and Peyton Graham each have four interceptions so far this season.
• OU’s most steals over the past four seasons was 46 last year. The Sooners had 32 steals in 18 games during the COVID-shortened 2020 season, 29 steals in 2019 and 44 steals in 2018.
• Oklahoma finished the opening weekend with six stolen bases in three games, then stole 11 against Wichita State on 22 February. Three players — Graham, Pettis and Tredaway — each stole three bases in the game.
• Prior to February 22, no Sooner had stolen three bases in a game since Erik Ross v Hartford in 2012. Oklahoma (3-1) finished Wichita State’s game one steal away from the school record of 12, established in 1937 against East Central University (Oklahoma).
• Peyton Graham beat OU with a .319 batting average, 15 hits, two home runs, three doubles (tie) and seven runs scored (tie). He also has two walks, four steals and a .385 OBP.
• Blake Robertson has reached base in all 11 games this season. He’s batting .316 with 11 hits, two doubles, a triple, three RBIs, seven runs, 10 walks, four steals and a .458 OBP. He leads the team in walks, runs (tied), and OBP (among players with at least 25 plate appearances), and is second in hits and doubles (tied).
• Cade Horton leads the Sooners with seven RBIs. Tanner Tredaway (second with five RBIs) also tied for the team lead with three doubles and seven runs scored.
Recap of last week
• Oklahoma returned to the win column on Tuesday, opening the game with an 8-7 win over Dallas Baptist. OU starter Michael Trevin struck out 10 batters in 5.0 innings and Jaret Godman got the last four outs for his second save of the season. The Sooners scored seven runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-1 lead and added another in the seventh inning to hold off the Patriots.
• Cade Horton and Sebastien Orduno each led in two points against DBU. Horton scored a run in the fifth and a single in the seventh, and Orduno hit a two-run single in the fifth. Peyton Graham single, double and scored a point, and Blake Robertson simple, walked twice and scored two runs.
• Oklahoma took part in the Shriners Children’s College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston last weekend. The Sooners led No. 7 LSU to 11 innings before falling 5-4 on a home run. OU then dropped the final two games against UCLA (15-3) and No. 11 Tennessee (8-0).
• Jake Bennett was once again exceptional last Friday. He allowed just one run in 6.2 innings — his longest outing of the season so far — and struck out four batters. He struck out the first seven batters of the game and allowed just two hits in six innings. The scoring run was his first allowed in 18.0 innings this season.
• Tanner Tredaway led the Sooners with a .417 batting average at the Shriners College Classic. He went 5 for 12 with a double and a triple, and scored two runs. It also drew a walk and posted an OBP of 0.462 and an SLG % of 0.750.