Sooners and Red Raiders meet in Amarillo



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Tuesday, May 4 / Amarillo, Texas / HODGETOWN

First step:

• Oklahoma (22-20) will face their Big 12 rivals Texas Tech (30-11) in a non-conference neutral venue game Tuesday at Hodgetown in Amarillo, TX. The time of the match is set at 6 p.m. TTU will be the designated local team for this competition. Hodgetown is the birthplace of the Amarillo Sod Poodles, the Double-A branch of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
• The Sooners and Red Raiders are scheduled to meet again in Norman May 14-16 for a regular three-game Big 12 series.
• The last two scheduled games of the UO midweek season will be played as non-conference clashes against Big 12 enemies at neutral venues (April 20 against Texas Tech in Amarillo and May 11 against Oklahoma State in Tulsa).

Watch / listen / follow:
• The game will be broadcast via Big 12 Now on ESPN + via Sod Poodles and Texas Tech.
• The radio show will air on the Sooner Sports Radio Network (locally on SportsTalk 99.3 FM / 1400 AM KREF and via the TuneIn app anywhere) with Toby Rowland on call.

At the beginning:
• Tuesday’s game will be Oklahoma’s 10th competition this season at a professional baseball stadium. The Sooners performed at Globe Life Field (February 23-24), Round Rock Classic at the Dell Diamond (February 26-28) and the Frisco Classic Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX (March 4-7) . OU is also scheduled to face Oklahoma State at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Okla., May 11.
Jason ruffcorn was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week and Brett squires was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday. Ruffcorn recorded career highs of 10 strikeouts and 6.2 innings in the OU’s win over Oklahoma State on Saturday. Squires hit .400 in the streak and was successful in every game, including the winning two-run home run in the seventh inning on Saturday.
• Oklahoma ranks seventh nationally in hits (431), ninth in walks (221), 10th in doubles (89), 13th in points (312), 21st in points (7.4 points per game) and OBP (.400), 23rd in doubles per game (2.12), 27th batting average (.296), 29th in slugging (.469), 30th in strikeouts per nine innings (10 , 2) and 39th in circuits (48).
• OU leads the Big 12 in doubles per game, ranks second in hits and sacrifices (20) and third in batting average, doubles, points, points and OBP.
• Thirty-four percent of Oklahoma’s hits (146 of 431) went for extra bases. The Sooners totaled 89 doubles, nine triples and 48 homers in 42 games, averaging 3.5 more hits per fight.
• First baseman Tyler hardman was named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watchlist and recognized as a midseason All-American by D1Baseball. The fourth-year junior leads the country in hits (71) and ranks third nationally in total goals (118), seventh in hits per game (1.69), 12th in batting average (0.418) and 20th for the base percentage (. 507). He is the 43rd earliest to record at least 100 hits (180), 100 runs (111) and 100 RBIs (104) in his career.

History of the series:
• This will be the 90th meeting between Oklahoma and Texas Tech. OR leads the all-time streak 48-41-1.
• Texas Tech has won five of the last six games in the series, including three at Norman in 2019 and two of three at Lubbock in 2018. The 2019 series was OU’s first series loss to TTU in Norman since 1999.
• The Sooners and Red Raiders have met at a neutral venue 13 times (11 of those meetings were in the Big 12; the other two were in El Paso, Texas, in 1991). The OU is 9-4 all-time against TTU in neutral site games.
• Oklahoma and Texas Tech competed in the first Big 12 Conference Championship final 25 years ago (1997 in Oklahoma City). OU won this competition 19-17.

About the Sooners:
• In the past 12 games, the Oklahoma pitching staff produced a team ERA of 2.86 with 123 strikeouts and 53 walks in 103.2 innings.
• Oklahoma have led their opponents in the final two-thirds of games (innings four to nine) this season by a total of 200 to 142. In the first three innings of games, OU has led their opponents 111 to 102 (allowed 2 , 4 points in first three innings of matches against 3.4 over the last six innings).
• The Sooners have scored 28 points in the series against OSU, and 23 of those points came with two strikeouts (14 Friday night, last three points Saturday and last six points Sunday).
• In the OU’s 5-4 loss to Oklahoma State on March 30, the Sooners were 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position. In last weekend’s series against OSU, Oklahoma had 13 for 29 (.448) with RISP.
• Oklahoma won the Bedlam Lecture Series against Oklahoma State for the first time since 2016. The Sooners last won the first two games of the Bedlam Lecture Series was in 2009.
• OU won 16-2 Friday night, their first victory over OSU at Stillwater since 2014 (12-9 in 18 innings in a midweek contest). The 14-point margin was tied for the Sooners’ second-biggest win at Bedlam since 1962 (OU won 18-4 in 1976; also won 21-6 in the 2006 Big 12 tournament). Oklahoma’s 16 points have been the most important in a Bedlam regular-season conference game since 1985 (21-8).
• OU has scored at least seven points in 21 games this season (averaging 7.4 points per game overall) and has double-digit wins in 20 games.
• The Sooners are 5-9 in 14 games against ranked opponents so far this season.
• All of Oklahoma’s remaining scheduled games are against Big 12 opponents, including two non-conference midweek games against Texas Tech (May 4) and Oklahoma State (May 11).
• Oklahoma’s first 24 games of the season were played against 15 different opponents. Meanwhile, the Sooners have faced just six teams – Omaha, UT Arlington, Arizona, Arkansas State, Houston and Texas – more than once.
• OR is in his fourth season under the direction of the head coach Skip johnson (third full year; 2019 season ended after 18 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Johnson led the Sooners to a 107-72 record and a playoff appearance in the NCAA in 2018.

Key player trends:
Brett squires succeeded in all three games this weekend. His two-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning on Saturday gave OU a 4-3 lead. He also started the fifth inning with a homerun Friday night and hit a preliminary homerun in the second inning on Sunday.
• Top four hitters in the OR Friday night lineup (Peyton graham, Jimmy crooks, Tyler hardman, Squires) combined for 10 of the team’s 14 hits, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored in Game 1 of the series. Those four hitters were a 16-for-46 (.413) combined in the series.
Jason ruffcorn recorded career highs of 6.2 innings and 10 strikeouts in his relief appearance on Saturday to claim the victory over the mound. Before Saturday, his longest outing at OU was 3.2 innings, twice: 2019 at Baylor and last Sunday against Georgia Southern. He capped the outing by hitting the side in the ninth inning.
• Graham and Crooks played back-to-back home runs for the second time this season on Friday. They also did so on March 14 against Arkansas State (Doubles Game 1); it was also the last game before Friday in which OU hit four home runs.
• Graham has reached base in 38 straight games. In the last nine games he’s hit .452 (14 for 31) with two home runs, four doubles, 10 runs scored and four RBIs (left Sunday’s game after being hit with a pitch on his first in the bat).
• Squires have registered 33 hits in 25 starts this season. Twenty of those hits went for extra goals (12 doubles, two triples, six homers). He’s been successful in 14 of his last 17 games. In that span since April 3, he’s hit .359 (23 for 64) with 15 of his 20 extra hits (eight doubles, one triple, six homers).
Brandon Zaragoza has started in 224 straight games, dating back to the 2017 season. He ranks second in program history with 237 games played (the record is 239 by Max White [2010-13]), second with 589 career assists (the record is 728 by Rich Hills [1992-95]), sixth with 839 career bats, seventh with 117 career walks and 19th with 222 career hits.
• Hardman continues to dominate the country on hits (71). He ranks third overall (118), seventh in hits per game (1.69), 12th batting average (0.418) 20th in OBP (0.507), 36th in slugging (0.694), 39th in points ( 42) and 61st in doubles (13).
• Hardman has landed multiple hits in 24 of 42 UO games this season, and has at least one hit in 37 games (one success in all but five). His batting average (.418) has been above .400 since March 14 (Arkansas State’s first doubles game when he hit for the round with five hits).
• In his last five outings (three starts and two relief appearances), Wyatt olds posted a 2.01 ERA and struck out 25 batters in 22.1 frames (his appearance at Kansas State was a 5.1 innings relief outing and he pitched a 1.0 inning relief on May 2 against Oklahoma State) while giving up just 14 hits and two more hits. (both doubles).
• Hardman and Conor McKenna lead the Sooners with 12 multiple RBI matches each while Crooks have nine multiple RBI fights. Hardman has 42 RBIs, a team-high, while McKenna has 40 RBIs.
• Zaragoza have already registered 31 RBIs this season, a career high. His career record before this year was 30 RBIs in 2019.

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