Sooners host Wichita State in home opener
Tuesday, February 22 / Norman, Okla. / L. Dale Mitchell Park
|Game time||Projected starter OR||Projected Starter WSU|
|Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.||HPL Braden Carmichael||RHP Matt Boyer|
• It’s Oklahoma’s opening week at home, with four games scheduled at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners begin with a game Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. against Wichita State.
• Tuesday’s game, originally scheduled for 4 pm, has been postponed to 2:30 pm due to impending cold weather.
• This is the first of three midweek meetings between Oklahoma and Wichita State this season. The Sooners and Shockers will play at Eck Stadium in Wichita on March 22 and again at Mitchell Park on April 19.
• The game will be broadcast locally on Sportstalk 99.3 FM/1400 AM KREF, and streamed live on SoonerSports.tv. The radio show can also be found on Sportstalk1400.com and the Sportstalk1400 app. Taylor Maples will have the radio call, which will be linked to the video feed.
• Live stats will be available on OUStats.com.
• Tickets for Tuesday’s home opener 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.
• Tuesday’s giveaway is an OR 2022 baseball calendar magnet.
• 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 114-81 record since taking over as head coach ahead of the 2018 season.
• Oklahoma wrapped up opening weekend at the State Farm College Baseball Showdown at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, home of MLB’s Texas Rangers, but the Sooners could return in May. The 2022 Big 12 Championship, which will include the league’s top eight ranked teams, will be held at Globe Life Field May 25-29.
• OU will play at another major league ballpark next weekend (March 4-6) in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Minute Maid Park, the Sooners’ second multi-squad events at a stadium major league baseball in the first three weeks of the season.
• This is the fourth consecutive season in which Oklahoma has played at least one game in a Major League baseball stadium. OU has played two games at Globe Life Field in 2021, three at Minute Maid Park in Houston in 2020 (Shriners College Classic) and one game against Minnesota at Target Field in Minneapolis (2019).
• This will be the 31st meeting between Oklahoma and Wichita State. OU leads the series 17-13.
• The teams last met in 2019, a 9-4 OU win at Wichita. The Shockers won 2-1 in 2018 at Wichita and 4-2 in 2017 at Norman. The Sooners won twice in 2016: 4-2 at Norman and 15-7 at Wichita.
• 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.
Opening weekend recap
• The Sooners had six stolen bases in seven attempts over the opening weekend, including five on Sunday night against Michigan. Four different players stole a base and Blake Roberson picked up three single-handedly. The 6’5″ first baseman — who was the designated hitter for all three games — led the Sooners with three interceptions (3 for 3) in three years.
• Trent Brown led the Sooners with four RBIs, and all came on two hits. He hit a two-run single in the fourth inning against Arizona as OU cut the deficit to five runs, then gave the Sooners a 2-0 lead in the second inning against Michigan with a two-run brace to left center field. difference. Jimmy Crooks and Diego Muniz joined Robertson with three hits and three walks over the weekend. Crooks, who was also hit twice, posted a .667 on-base percentage while Muniz (hit once) had a .700 OBP.
• Jake Bennett pitched 5.0 scoreless innings in Friday’s win over Auburn, allowing just one hit and two walks. After a one-two to start the second inning, he faced just one over the minimum for the rest of his outing, giving up six straight after the hit.
• David Sandlin pitched 4.1 innings against Arizona on Saturday night, striking out four batters. He struck out the first five batters in order, worked around a single in the second, and rebounded the Wildcats’ five-run third inning with a scoreless fourth frame.
• Chazz Martinez struck out five batters in 4.2 innings in Sunday night’s final against Michigan. He scattered four hits, walked none, and the only run allowed was unearned. After Michigan’s RBI double in the fourth inning, he gave up four straight.
• The bullpen was electric in both wins. Jaret Godman picked up the stoppage on Friday and was perfect in the ninth inning on Sunday. First-year student Colton Sundloff pitched 2.0 shutout innings with one hit and one walk against Auburn and Griffin Miller went 2.2 against Michigan, hitting four batters and striking out his first eight. Carter Campbellafter pitching an inning on Friday, got the eighth inning final on Sunday, and Carson Atwood blocked two runners with one strikeout in the fifth inning.
• Peyton Graham hit OU’s only home run of the opening weekend — a two-run outburst to left field in the seventh inning of Game 1 to give the Sooners a 2-0 lead. He also had a single, a double and scored two runs.
• Several players made their first appearance in an Oklahoma uniform at the event. Junior College Transfers Robertson, Sandlin, Martinez, Miller, Campbell, Sebastien Orduno and Watkins Creed all have seen the action. Freshman in red shirt Cade Horton, who missed the 2021 season through injury, started all three games at third base. The real freshmen Sundloff, Aaron Calhoun, Max McGwire and Jackson Nicklaus made their collegiate debut in the major league ballpark.