The Sooners (28-15, 6-6) are in desperate need of some positive momentum as they hit the road to take on West Virginia (24-15, 9-6) for three games this weekend. Here’s what you need to know:
The (Probable) Matchups
Friday: Jake Irvin (5-0, 2.13) vs. BJ Myers (3-2, 3.66), 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: Kyle Tyler (0-1, 3.63) vs. Alex Manoah (0-0, 2.88), 3 p.m.
Sunday: Devon Perez (4-2, 4.21) vs. TBA, 10:30 a.m.
Oklahoma got bailed out big-time on Tuesday evening when their game against UT-Arlington was called for lightning. The Sooners were down big and hurtling towards yet another loss, but the cancellation gives them a chance to regroup for this weekend.
No rest for the weary here: West Virginia has been excellent this season and is creeping into some top-25 polls. Center fielder Brandon White leads WVU with 12 stolen bases and a .359 average, while first baseman Jackson Cramer has jacked seven home runs on the year.
OU center fielder Steele Walker continues to lead the team in most offensive categories, slashing .358/.432/.574, and will need another big weekend here.
Sooners Friday night starter Jake Irvin had a rough go last weekend vs. Kansas, surrendering four runs in the fourth before getting yanked. OU isn’t making any playoff noise without a healthy and effective Irvin, so a quality start would be great to see from him here.
Playing in Morgantown is tough, and there’s no real reason to be optimistic about this team right now. OU could really use two wins, but I’m predicting just one.