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Sooner Baseball Returns To The Top 10, Heads To Dallas

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Oklahoma skipper Sunny Golloway changed his line up and the result may end up with his team winning a Big Twelve championship.

Kyle Laferriere-US PRESSWIRE

Sooners At DBU Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. CT
Location Dallas, Texas | Horner Ballpark
Television None
Radio KREF 1400 AM

What do you do when your offense is struggling? Well apparently the answer is simple. You take your clean-up hitter and move him to the lead-off spot and then take your former lead-off guy and drop him to the nine hole. At least that has been the magic formula for the Sooners as they are 5-1 since Golloway made the switch with a team batting average of .398 during that span. Matt Oberste's average has risen to .538 since moving to the lead-off spot and Jack Mayfield has gone yard three times, with 11 RBIs, and has a .364 average since dropping down to the nine hole.

The new lineup worked adventitiously against New Orleans a week ago and then propelled the Sooners to a 2-1 conference series victory over Texas Tech this last weekend. Now Oklahoma is moving back up in the national polls (#10 in the Collegiate Baseball News' poll) and clinging to the top spot in the conference standings.

Now the Sooners are faced with the challenge of heading to the road for the first time since April 14th. Dallas Baptist is 22-22 on the season and 12-12 at home. The Patriots are led in batting by Michael Miller, who is hitting .343 this season with 33 RBI and four home runs. Duncan McAlpine has hit 12 home runs this season with 41 RBIs. As a team DBU is batting .290 for the season.

I know that we've been touting this story line for a while now but it holds true once again. Oklahoma is going to have to be exceptional from the mound tonight. Dallas Baptist has a powerful lineup and can make you pay for leaving the ball hanging over the plate. As a team they've hit 45 home runs this season and have 274 RBI.

The struggle for the Patriots this season has been their performance from the mound. DBU's pitching staff has a team ERA of 5.30 and has walked a total of 179 batters, while also recording 331 strikeouts. Paul Voelker has the best ERA on the team at 3.25.

Oklahoma's pitching is still in flux due to the injury to weekend starter Dillon Overton. Jake Fisher and Ethan Carnes both pulled starts last weekend against Texas Tech so they would most likely be unavailable. Adam Choplick was supposed to get the start last Tuesday night against Arkansas but the game was rained out. He didn't get any work over the weekend which makes him the most likely candidate to start tonight against the Patriots.

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