You needed to look no further than Jonathan Gray's performance Friday night as to why the OU starting pitcher has been rocketing up MLB draft boards. OU's ace was absolutely dominant going the distance to record a complete game shutout while racking up a career high twelve strikeouts along the way. Adding to the ridiculousness of his performance was the fact that Gray was reportedly clocked as high as 100 m.p.h on his final pitch of the game.
Prior to this weekend's series, OU skipper Sunny Golloway bumped Gray up from his customary Saturday night starting spot into the typically more 'high profile' Friday night starter's role. Dillon Overton, who had previously occupied the Friday night spot, was bumped back to Saturday in an effort on Golloway's part to both reward Gray and to mildly shake things up a bit with their weekend rotation.
If the early results are any indication, it was a wise move.
As good as Gray was, he didn't need much run support and that was fortunate because he didn't get much. Oklahoma's lone run came on a solo home run from the still scorching hot bat of Matt Oberste. With that hit, Oberste extended his hitting streak to 22 games dating back to the 2012 season. The 22 game streak ties him for the third longest in school history.
The Sooners will be back in action against Northwestern State and going for the series win Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. (CST) and the game will also be televised on Fox College Sports