The Oklahoma Sooners secured a 2-2 record at home over the past week. Now, they'll take their talents on the road to face the Fresno State Bulldogs this evening at 8 PM CST in sunny California. The meeting marks the first time the two will step on the field together. Sporting a 5-4 overall mark against programs hailing from Cali under Pete Hughes, OU looks to continue the success with a five game stay in the state ahead.
Previewing The Bulldogs
Returning from a 7-game road stretch, the Bulldogs currently stand 11-5 on the season. Posting 11 consecutive wins to start the year, Fresno State dropped four consecutive one run games before surrendering a 12-1 decision to the Texas A&M Aggies in their most recent outing. Looking to bounce back, Head Coach Mike Batesole turns toward a freshman right-handed pitcher in Edgar Gonzalez who owns four starts.
|Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma Sooners)||vs||Edgar Gonzalez (Fresno State Bulldogs)|
However, the pitching staff continues to be the strong point for the Bulldogs. Through four weeks of play, Fresno State leads the Mountain West Conference in ERA (2.54), opposing batting average (.230), strikeouts (136), earned runs allowed (40) and saves (7).
At the plate, Brody Russel remains the top hitter with an average of .326 and has driven in 12 runs this year. The power comes from Aaron Arruda who has collected three homeruns in a mere six starts.