Sooner Baseball Ranked 10th Nationally, Hosts Pepperdine This Weekend

USA Today Sports

Backed by a perfect 9-0 record on the season, the Oklahoma Sooners were ranked as high as #10 in the nation this week. It was Collegiate Baseball who gave them that ranking but the USA Today poll (voted by the coaches) has them at #12, which is impressive as well. They'll put that ranking on the line this weekend against a Pepperdine team that is knocking on the door of the Top 25 after taking two of three games at Texas A&M last weekend.

Game 1

Scott Frazier vs. Dillon Overton

Friday, March 1, 3 p.m. CT
(TV: FOX Sports Oklahoma Plus)

Game 2

Corey Miller vs. Jonathan Gray

Saturday, March 2, 2 p.m. CT (TV/Webcast: None)

Game 3

Jackson McClelland vs. TBA

Sunday, March 3, 1 p.m. CT
(TV: FOX Sports Oklahoma Plus)
Radio KREF Sports Talk 1400 & the Sooner Sports Network
Live Stats
SoonerSports.com

I hope you like pitchers duels because we should be set up for two pretty fantastic match-ups on Friday and Saturday. Oklahoma's Dillon Overton is 3-0 on the season with a 0.56 ERA. In sixteen innings of work he has fanned 16 batters and subsequently has established himself as one of the best hurlers in the nation. He'll be going against Pepperdine's Scott Frazier this afternoon. Frazier is 1-0 on the season with a 1.98 ERA. He has struck out 15 batters in 13 innings of work.

Saturday will give us a duel between Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray and the Waves' Corey Miller. Gray is 2-0 this season with a 1.98 ERA while Miller is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA. Both guys have a high strike out count with both sitting down twelve batters on the season.

Sunday's finale is going to be a bit of a mystery as Oklahoma has yet to name a starter. Pepperdine will go with freshman Jackson McClelland who is 1-0 on the season with a 1.46 ERA. The quality of the starters, for both teams, this weekend puts more emphasis and stress on the bullpens because that's where these games could very well be settled.

While a lot of attention will be given to the guys on the mound this weekend, the guys at the plate certainly shouldn't be overlooked. The Sooners have the Big 12's reigning back-to-back Player of the Week batting clean up. Matt Oberste is starting the season off at a frantic pace, batting .441 with 17 RBI and three home runs. He's one of two Oklahoma players batting over .400 on the season (Haley Hunter .400) and one of six Sooners batting over .300 through the first nine games.

Pepperdine has five players batting .300 or better, led by Ranny Lowe who is hitting .355 after nine games. Sam Meyer (.353) leads the Waves in RBI with 10. Oklahoma is 1-3 all-time against the Waves and lost two of their three games against them last year in the season opening series. The Sooners are 6-0 at home this season and Pepperdine is 2-2 on the road.
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