Oklahoma's baseball season got just a little more challenging with Tuesday's news that Saturday starter Dillon Overton would miss his next 2-4 starts with an elbow injury. With the Sooners just barely clinging to a first place lead in the conference standings, they can ill afford to drop a series at this point. This puts more pressure on a bullpen that has seen its fair share of struggles this season, as well as its share of shining moments. While its not for certain who will step into Overton's starting role on Saturday afternoon, its safe to say that Ralph Garza Jr. has to be one of the leading candidates. Sporting a 3-0 record and a 2.31 ERA, Garza has been more than reliable in his eleven appearances this season and won his only start. Jake FIsher and Ethan Carnes are a couple of other names that could end up drawing the start as well.
Jonathan Gray will take the mound Friday night, averaging 11 strikeouts per start, and try to get the series off to a good start for the Sooners. He's 7-1 on the year with a 1.09 ERA and an incredible 91 strikeouts on the season. He'll face a Texas Tech lineup that is led by Jake Barrios who is batting .320 with a team high 32 RBI and 3 HR. As a team the Red Raiders are batting .251 on the season.
From the mound Texas Tech has a team ERA of 4.61, and are led by Trey Masek who is 3-0 on the year with a 0.95 ERA. They'll be going up against a Sooner team that seemed to have found their swing last weekend against New Orleans. Three players, led by Matt Oberste (.421) are now hitting above .300 on the season but the true test of the Sooner bats will come as they return to conference play.
Make sure to check in here at CCM for the latest updates on this weekend's series against the Red Raiders.