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College Baseball Weekend: Sooners Host New Orleans

What has started out as a tough week for Oklahoma's baseball team could end in a positive way as the Sooners are set to host the New Orleans Privateers for a three-game series. OU dropped two games early in the week to an Arkansas-Little Rock team that had only won two road games all season. This weekend looks to have a different result for the Sooners as they put their aces on the mound, with the lone question mark being Sunday's starter.

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OU Baseball vs. New Orleans | Game Three Thread

The Sooners are going for a weekend sweep of New Orleans today and then will return to Big 12 conference play next weekend when they host Texas Tech. They'll also play a mid-week game at Arkansas on Tuesday night.

The focus today will be on the mound as Oklahoma will most likely be looking to insert a new Sunday starter into their lineup.

First pitch in today's game is set for 1:00. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest Plus and can also be heard on KREF 1400 AM.

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Sooners Set Season High In 14-5 Win

Oklahoma's offense was hurting coming into this weekend's series against New Orleans but Sunny Golloway seems to have found the cure. A couple of roster moves put power hitter Matt Oberste in the lead off spot and senior Jack Mayfield in the nine hole. The result has been 24 runs scored off 32 hits in two games with Oberste and Mayfield going a combined 8-for-18 with seven RBI.

Saturday's Big 12 Baseball Scores

Texas

12

West Virginia

0

Austin, Texas

-

Oklahoma

14

New Orleans

5

Norman, Okla.

-

Oklahoma State

7

Kansas State

6

Stillwater, Okla.

-

TCU

2

Baylor

1

Fort Worth, Texas

15 INN

Texas Tech

Kansas

Lubbock, Texas

Neither Oberste or Mayfield was particularly struggling from the plate but both are thriving in their new spots. After leading the Sooners to a 10-0 victory in the series opener they helped Oklahoma to a season high 19 hits in Saturday's game two. OU scored runs in the first seven innings, initially establishing a 3-0 lead, on their way to a 14-5 win. Through the first two games you'd have to say that Mayfield's 6 RBIs have him as the series MVP.

Dillon Overton wasn't particularly strong in his start. Oklahoma's reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week allowed four runs off seven hits while also striking out seven batters. For the second game in a row, after establishing a comfortable lead, Golloway chose to pull the starter after the sixth inning and then went with three separate relief pitchers over the final three innings.

Adam Choplick was the first to come out of the bullpen to pitch a scoreless seventh. Billy Waltrip struck out two batters in the eighth but also gave up a run on a wild pitch. Robert Tasin closed out the game with a perfect ninth. Now attention is turned to tomorrow's starter which could be Ralph Garza Jr.

Through the first two games, this has been an encouraging series for the Sooners but you do have to consider the level of competition. These are games that they should be winning, and winning comfortably. There's satisfaction to be had in them doing what they're supposed to and the hope is that they're back on track after last week's slump.

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OU vs. New Orleans | Game Two Open Thread

Following a comfortable 10-0 win Friday night behind yet another dominating (and efficient) performance from Jonathan Gray, the Sooners look for the series win Saturday afternoon.

First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CST) and the game can be seen on Fox Sports Oklahoma or Fox Sports Central or you can listen on Sportstalk 1400.

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Sooners Snap Skid By Blanking New Orleans 10-0

Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray was his usual self on Friday night against New Orleans. He only faced 20 batters, in six innings, and allowed just two hits while striking out ten. Yup, that's a 50% strikeout rate!

Friday's Big 12 Baseball Scores

Oklahoma

10

New Orleans

0

Norman, Okla.

TCU

2

Baylor

3

Fort Worth, Texas

Texas Tech

3

Kansas

4

Lubbock, Texas

Oklahoma State

9

Kansas State

2

Stillwater, Okla.

Texas

0

West Virginia

1

Austin, Texas

The game was scoreless through the first two innings but the Sooners crossed the plate in the bottom of the third when Matt Oberste scored on a Craig Aikin single up the middle. After stealing second, Aikin would then come home himself on a Max White double to put Oklahoma up 2-0.

OU would plate runs again in the third through seventh inning, highlighted by a 3-run home run by Jack Mayfeild to left-center field to get to the final score of 10-0. It was Mayfield's fourth long ball of the season which is second most on the team. In all the Sooners recorded 13 runs on the evening and committed just a single error. Oberste led all Sooners by going 3-for-5 from the plate with two runs scored.

Pitching was certainly a focal point in the game as Sunny Golloway used three different hurlers through the final three frames. Ralph Garza Jr. entered the game in the seventh, for the departed Gray, and gave up no hits but walked a batter. Kindle Ladd took the mound for the eighth, giving up two hits while also striking out two. Finally Jake Fisher closed out the game by pitching a no-hit ninth inning with one strikeout.

Dillon Overton will take the mound for the Sooners in game two on Saturday. Start time is set for 2:00 CST.

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Sooners Host Privateers In Non-Conference Series

What has started out as a tough week for Oklahoma's baseball team could end in a positive way as the Sooners are set to host the New Orleans Privateers for a three-game series. OU dropped two games early in the week to an Arkansas-Little Rock team that had only won two road games all season. This weekend looks to have a different result for the Sooners as they put their aces on the mound, with the lone question mark being Sunday's starter.

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Carpenter Takes Indefinite Leave Of Absence

When Oklahoma's baseball team takes the field this weekend to host New Orleans they will be without freshman Kolby Carpenter who has taken a leave of absence. A native of West, Texas, Carpenter, has returned to his hometown community in the wake of the destruction left behind by Wednesday's fertilizer plant explosion.

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