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Inside The Numbers With Oklahoma Baseball On Opening Weekend

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Rich DeCray SBN

While opening weekend could have gone much better for Oklahoma's baseball team, it also could have been much worse. The Sooners dropped their series to Notre Dame, two games to one, but also swept Southern Illinois-Edwardsville two games to none.

Standing at 3-2 after the first three days of the season, the Sooners will now head west for a shot at Arizona State, in Tempe, and then on to the Big12/Pac 12 Challenge. Here are a few stats from opening weekend that you may find interesting.

Friday's 6-1 Win Over Notre Dame

* Friday's game against Notre Dame was the third consecutive opening day start for junior Kolby Carpenter. He's started each of the last three years on opening day at three different positions (1B, DH, 2B).

* Sophomore Jake Elliott was the first right-handed pitcher to start on opening day since Michael Rocha did so in 2011.

Saturday's 11-1 Win Over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 9-10 Loss To Notre Dame

* Three batters went yard (Alex Wise, Kolby Carpenter, Austin O'Brien).

* Anthony Hermelyn matched a career-high 4 RBI against SIEU

* Three Sooners (Chris Shaw, Quin Walbergh and Kyle Mendenhall) recorded the first hit of the Oklahoma careers against SIEU. All three hits came in the seventh inning.

Sunday's 1-5 Loss To Notre Dame, 9-1 Win Over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville

* Junior Craig Aikin extended his hitting streak to 17 games dating back to last season. It is a career-best streak for Oklahoma's three-year starter.

* Sooner batters recorded 27 walks and six hit-by-pitch to just 18 strikeouts.

* Relief pitcher Jacob Evans threw the final 1.1 innings against Notre Dame making him the only Sooner hurler to make two appearances over the weekend. He also threw two innings against the Irish on Friday.

* The Sooners used five different lineups in their five games over the weekend.

* Oklahoma has racked up nine stolen bases in the first five games.