Oklahoma Baseball Hosts Dallas Baptist On Senior Night

Kyle Laferriere-US PRESSWIRE

Familiar foes will once again be pitted against one another on the diamond. The grip of a regional has slipped through the Oklahoma Sooners hands but there is still motivation along with much to play for as Norman hosts Dallas Baptist this evening.

DBU at Oklahoma Tuesday, May 14th, 6:30 p.m. CT
Location Norman, Oklahoma | L. Dale Mitchell
Television FS Oklahoma | FCS Central
Radio KREF 1400 AM

The last time these two teams met, the Oklahoma Sooners were on a hot streak while finding their way into the top ten nationally. On the other end of the spectrum, the .500 Dallas Baptist Patriots threw a trio of freshman on the bump in an attempt to stifle a potent offense. The attempt proved to be an effective idea as the Sooners were limited to three hits while being shutout for only the second time of the season and recording a mark in the "L" column.

Now, Oklahoma has reversed that trend and has been on a skid over the past several weeks. In eight tries, the Sooners have recorded only two wins as the hope of hosting a NCAA regional has slowly but surely slipped through their hands. This game proves to be crucial as momentum and confidence will play a major factor in deciding if Oklahoma can sweep their final regular season series against Kansas St. to have a shot at winning the Big 12. That momentum will the be depended upon as the Big 12 heads into the conference tournament.

It is no secret that OU will need to have a solid outing from the mound as the Patriots host a handful of powerful hitters. Currently, DBU is 26-26 on the season and is batting .286 as a team while boasting three players over the .300 mark. The leader of this group is Michael Miller as he continues to lead the team with a .324 average (Ryan Johnson bats .500 but has only played in four games this season). However, the real trouble comes after the Patriots get on base. Boomer Collins, holding down the 4-hole, has a 1.000 stolen base percentage and is just one of four patriots to complete this feat.

The weakness of this team continues to come in the form of pitching although you'd never know that if you only watched these two teams square off back in April. A look at the pitching staff reveals a 4.96 ERA combined along with 196 walks. Once again, if Oklahoma is looking to get it's offense back on track, this appears to be the best opportunity.

Of course, tonight marks the Sooners' Senior Night. Oklahoma will pay tribute to five seniors: Jake Fisher, Garrett Carey, Max White, Dusty Dishman, and Jack Mayfield.

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