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Sooners Turning To Freshmen Arms Against Horned Frogs This Weekend

Rich DeCray SBN

Oklahoma's recent wave of success has come on the heels of Pete Hughes' newer players finding a rhythm and making the necessary adjustments to baseball in the Big 12. After being swept at Texas Tech to open up conference play the Sooners have bounced back to win their series against both Texas and Baylor. Now as they face the road one more time Hughes is turning to a pair of freshmen to take charge on the mound.

Ryan Madden will start the series for the Sooners. In twenty innings this season Madden has a 1-2 record with a 3.60 ERA. He's fanned eleven batters with walking six and allowing a total of nine runs. Madden has made a total of eight appearances this season with two starts.

On Saturday OU will turn to Chris Andritsos. In seven starts this season he's thrown forty innings and has a 4-2 record with a modest 2.70 ERA and 25 strikeouts. It'll be the third consecutive weekend the Sooners have thrown these two freshmen hurlers but the overall results have been series wins over the first two weekends.

With no starter named for Sunday Hughes is keeping his options open both for the start and in his bullpen.

TCU boasts one of the top lineups in the conference, led by third baseman Elliott Barzilli who has a Big 12 best .436 batting average with five home runs and 29 RBI. The Frogs have five betters hitting at .300 or better.