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Sooner Baseball Hits The West Coast

The week got off to a rough start for Oklahoma baseball when the Sooners dropped a 6-1 decision at UT Arlington on Tuesday night. Now they'll be looking to rebound with a weekend trip to Los Angeles where they'll take on USC, UCLA and Notre Dame in three consecutive days.

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Jonathan Gray Named Pitcher Of The Week

Jonathan Gray joined teammates Dillon Overton and Matt Oberste on Monday in being a conference weekly award winner.

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Sooners Drop Extra Inning Affair With Notre Dame

For the first time this season the Oklahoma Sooners suffered a losing weekend record. After knocking off #12 UCLA on their home field, on Saturday, OU dropped a 6-5 decision against #22 Notre Dame in 11 innings on Sunday. The loss was Oklahoma's third on the week, starting with a midweek loss to UT-Arlington on Tuesday, and marked the worst seven day stretch of the season for the Sooners.

Sunday's Big 12 Baseball Scores

Iowa

6

West Virginia

4

Snowbird Classic; Punta Gorda, Fla.

12 INN

Notre Dame

6

Oklahoma

5

Los Angeles, Calif.

12 INN

Texas

11

UC Santa Barbara

6

Austin, Texas

-

TCU

3

Pacific University

2

Fort Worth, Texas

10 INN

Oklahoma State

4

Loyola Marymount

3

Stillwater, Okla.

-

Texas Tech

12

UT Arlington

13

Lubbock, Texas

2:00 p.m.

Scoring came in spurts for both teams on Sunday with Notre Dame taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Oklahoma would respond with one run in the top of the third and then score three more in the top of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. However, the Irish score two in the bottom half of the fifth to even it up. The two teams would each score another run late in the game, Oklahoma in the 8th and Notre Dame in the 9th, to send the game into extra innings.

In the bottom of the 11th pinch-hitter Mac Hudgins knocked in the game winning run for Notre Dame off the first pitch offered by sophomore Robert Tasin who had just come in to relieve Billy Waltrip who had taken the mound in the 8th with Oklahoma leading 5-4.

Starter Adam Choplick went five complete innings for Oklahoma, giving up four runs off six hits. Matt Oberste was able to keep his hitting streak alive with an RBI single in the fifth. Today's loss puts OU's season record at 12-4 and will no doubt result in a drop in the rankings.

The Sooners return home for a two-game series against New Mexico that starts on Tuesday.

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Sooner Baseball Hits The West Coast - OU vs. ND

Notre Dame Sunday, March 10, 12 p.m. CT, Jackie Robinson Stadium

In just the bounce back game that they needed, Oklahoma blanked #12 UCLA on Saturday afternoon 4-0. Now they'll be looking to return from the West Coast with a 2-1 record by getting past #22 Notre Dame this afternoon. The Irish are looking to come home from LA with a 2-1 record as well after falling to UCLA on Friday night before beating USC on Saturday.

The Irish bring in a batting lineup that averages .273 and is led by Ryan Bull who is averaging .404 from the plate. Eric Jagielo is batting .378, leading the team with 14 RBI and tied with Trey Mancini with three home runs. They'll be going up against Adam Choplick who will be making his second Sunday start and the biggest start of his Sooner career. A redshirt freshman, Choplick is 2-0 on the season with a 0.87 ERA. He's worked a total of 10.1 innings this season with nine strikeouts.

Notre Dame will be putting a freshman on the mound as well. David Hearne has an 0-1 record with a 4.30 ERA. He has struck out 15 batters in 14.2 innings of work. He will have to face Oklahoma's Matt Oberste who continues to be red hot this season. His three-run homer on Saturday was his fifth of the season. He has team highs in batting average (.429), home runs, RBI (23) and total bases (48).

After the conclusion of this west coast trip the Sooners return to Norman for ten consecutive games, including their first conference series of the season when they host TCU March 22-24. Today's game will be broadcast on AM 1400 and on the Sooner Radio Network.

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Sooners Overpower #12 UCLA 4-0

Oklahoma posted their most impressive win on the season on Saturday when they blanked #12 UCLA off the arm of Jonathan Gray and the bat of Matt Oberste. It was an all around complete victory for the Sooners that included clutch pitching and the clutch hitting that had been missing over the last two games.

Maine

2

West Virginia

1

Snowbird Classic; Punta Gorda, Fla.

12 INN

Kansas

11

Niagara

4

Lawrence, Kan.

-

Texas

3

UC Santa Barbara

2

Austin, Texas

-

TCU

3

Pacific University

5

Fort Worth, Texas

-

Kansas State

10

Cal Poly

4

Manhattan, Kan.

-

Baylor

4

Illinois

5

Waco, Texas

11 INN

Oklahoma State

2

Loyola Marymount

5

Stillwater, Okla.

-

UCLA

0

Oklahoma

4

Los Angeles, Calif.

-

Baylor

1

Illinois

6

Waco, Texas

-

Texas Tech

4

UT Arlington

1

Lubbock, Texas

-

Oberste put the Sooners up 3-0 in the top of the 4th with one swing of the bat. After Craig Aikin drew a walk and Max White reached on catcher's interference Oberste sent the ball over the right field fence for his fifth home run of the season. That would be all of the offense that Oklahoma would need but they added an insurance run in the sixth when Anthony Hermelyn knocked in Max White to get to the final score of 4-0.

Jonathan Gray was fantastic, once again, in his start for Oklahoma. Showing power and control he threw seven complete innings, allowing just five hits while striking out eight UCLA batters. In relief Jacob Evans and Billy Waltrip pitched two shutout innings with Evans facing and retiring three batters in the eighth and Waltrip striking out two of the four batters that he faced in the ninth. Oklahoma's pitchers held UCLA to just five total hits for the game.

Oklahoma plays the finale of their west coast trip tomorrow when they take on #22 Notre Dame at Noon.

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Sooner Baseball Hits The West Coast: OU vs. UCLA

UCLA Saturday, March, 4 p.m. CT, Jackie Robinson Stadium

After dropping back-to-back losses for the first time this season Oklahoma is in need of a bounce back. Perhaps the best candidate to make them forget their recent road woes is UCLA. Not because the Bruins are a struggling ball club or anything, in fact they are just the opposite. Its because UCLA is a really good team who carries a national ranking and a 6-1 home record. A win on Saturday would go a long way towards the confidence of Oklahoma's baseball team.

UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig has a 1.86 ERA (Photo: Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA Today Sports)

In order to do so they'll have to get past junior pitcher Nick Vander Tuig who is sporting a 1.86 ERA on the season. In 18.1 innings of work he has built a 2-1 record and struck out seven batters. He'll face an Oklahoma lineup that has been far from lethal this week. Over the last 18 innings the Sooners have recorded just four runs which has been well short of the amount needed against the eleven runs they've given up.

Matt Oberste continues to be hot from the plate. He has reached base safely now for seventeen consecutive games dating back to last season. However, he needs the rest of the lineup to get on board with him. This biggest issue over the last two games hasn't been getting on base, it has been getting runners home. Friday night, against USC, the Sooners left eight runners stranded. They struggled in the same area Tuesday against UT Arlington which is an indicator that they are struggling with clutch hitting.

The Bruins enter the game hitting .263 as a team and are led by Kevin Kramer, who is batting .372 with 13 RBI and 20 total bases. Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray will be facing the UCLA line up. He has thrown 19.2 innings this season, building a 2.75 ERA and a 2-1 record. He has fanned 19 batters on the season.

The game will be broadcast on 1400 KREF and on the Sooner Radio Network.

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USC Hands Dillon Overton First Loss Of The Season

A rough week just got a little rougher for Oklahoma's baseball team. The Sooners fell 5-3 to USC on Friday night marking the first time this season that they've dropped back-to-back games (OU lost to UT Arlington on Tuesday night). The loss also marked the first time this year that Oklahoma ace Dillon Overton failed to win a start. He entered the game with a 4-0 record over his previous four starts this season.

Friday Big 12 Scores

Central Michigan

4

West Virginia

1

Snowbird Classic; Punta Gorda, Fla.

-

Kansas State

10

Cal Poly

13

Manhattan, Kan.

-

Kansas

3

Niagara

2

Lawrence, Kan.

-

Kansas State

2

Cal Poly

6

Manhattan, Kan.

-

Kansas

5

Niagara

4

Lawrence, Kan.

-

TCU

2

Pacific University

1

Fort Worth, Texas

-

Texas Tech

8

UT Arlington

3

Lubbock, Texas

-

Oklahoma State

2

Loyola Marymount

1

Stillwater, Okla.

10 INN

Baylor

3

Illinois

4

Waco, Texas

-

Texas

5

UC Santa Barbara

1

Austin, Texas

-

Southern California

5

Oklahoma

3

Los Angeles, Calif.

-

The Trojans were able to get to Overton by recording four runs off 13 hits while the southpaw managed to strike out four USC batters. Meanwhile, for the second game in a row, the Sooners failed to get the clutch hits they needed to bring runners home. Oklahoma left a total of eight runners stranded over the course of the game.

USC drew first blood, scoring a run in the bottom of the third when Timmy Robinson scored on a Adam Landecker double to put the Trojans up 1-0. Oklahoma answered right back by plating two runs in the top of the fourth. Max White and Matt Oberste both reached base and scored to give the Sooners a 2-1 lead and then the two teams would trade runs the next inning to make it 3-2 on favor of OU at the end of the fifth.

Unfortunately that would be the end of Oklahoma's scoring while USC would bring in two runs in the sixth and another in the eighth to come out on top by a final of 5-3.

Matt Oberste and Anthony Hermelyn each recorded two hits to tally half of Oklahoma's eight hits on the night. The Sooners also recorded two errors on the game. Oberste's single and double kept his hitting streak alive.

Oklahoma continues their west coast swing on Saturday afternoon when the visit UCLA.

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OU Baseball Hits The West Coast: OU vs. USC

The week got off to a rough start for Oklahoma baseball when the Sooners dropped a 6-1 decision at UT Arlington on Tuesday night. Now they'll be looking to rebound with a weekend trip to Los Angeles where they'll take on USC, UCLA and Notre Dame in three consecutive days.

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