The Sooners welcome Pacific and Lamar for the weekend

Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16 / Norman, Okla. / L. Dale Mitchell Park








Matchups
Game time Projected starters OR Opp projected starters
Thursday, 6:30 p.m. To be determined CAP-TBA
Friday, 6:30 p.m. To be determined LAM-to be confirmed
Saturday, 11 a.m. To be determined CAP-TBA

First pitch

• Oklahoma (19-12) is taking a break from the conference this weekend and will face Pacific (11-20) twice and Lamar (20-13) once in three games Thursday-Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners face Pacific at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Lamar at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Pacific again at 11 a.m. Saturday.
• The OU Saturday contest has been moved from its originally scheduled time to 2 p.m. to accommodate Pacific’s travel plans. Lamar and Pacific will square off at 2 p.m. Friday.


Tickets/Promotions

• Tickets are available through SoonerSports.com. The box office and entrance gates to L. Dale Mitchell Park will open 60 minutes prior to the scheduled game time. The box office and call-in counters are located behind home plate along W. Imhoff Rd.
• Friday is Superhero Day. The first 500 fans through the doors can receive a free superhero cape.
• On Saturday, OU will hold a pre-game egg hunt. The egg hunt, complete with OU baseball prizes, tickets, candy and more, will begin at 10:15 a.m. The first pitch of the game is at 11 a.m.


Watch/Listen/Follow

• All three OU games will air on the Sooner Radio Network (locally on Sportstalk 99.3 FM/1400 AM KREF, Sportstalk1400.com and the Varsity Network app everywhere) and stream live on SoonerSports.tv, featuring Toby Rowland and Blake Brewster on the call.
• Live stats will be available on OUStats.com.


Begin

• In the first eight weeks of the season (31 games), the Sooners are 13-9 against the RPI top 100, including six top-50 wins (6-8) and six top-25 wins (6-5). OU’s overall schedule strength is ranked second in the nation while its non-conference SOS is ranked sixth nationally.
• Tuesday’s win over No. 4 Texas Tech capped a nine-game streak (March 29-April 12) in which the Sooners played eight games against top-eight nationally ranked opponents. OU went 5-4 during this streak (4-4 against ranked foes).
• Oklahoma is hitting .288 as a team and is averaging 6.3 runs, 9.3 hits and 2.8 extra hits per game (55 doubles, 24 homers). The pitching staff compiled a 5.52 ERA, 283 strikeouts in 118 walks and 288 hits in 277.1 innings and allowed the opposition a .266 batting average.
• Pacific hits .270 as a team. The Tigers are averaging 5.7 runs, 9.4 hits and 3.2 extra hits per game (68 doubles, 28 home runs). The pitching staff compiled a 6.85 ERA, 222 strikeouts for 155 walks and 3,000 hits in 268.0 innings and allowed the opponent a .280 batting average.
• Lamar hits .283 as a team. The Cardinals are averaging 6.4 runs, 9.9 hits and 2.9 extra hits per game (63 doubles, 22 homers). The pitching staff compiled a 4.85 ERA, 290 strikeouts on 125 walks and 306 hits in 291.1 innings and allowed a .269 batting average opponent.
• Oklahoma is in his fifth season under the head coach Skip Johnson (including the 2020 season which was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Johnson, who spent the 2017 season on staff as an assistant coach, led the Sooners to a 131-92 record since taking over as head coach ahead of the 2018 season.


Series history

• This will be the first meeting between Oklahoma and the Pacific.
• Lamar leads the overall series against Oklahoma, 8-6. The teams last met in 2006, sharing games in Houston (OU win) and Edinburgh, Texas (Lamar win).
• Oklahoma and Lamar have played just six of their previous 14 meetings on campus, including five at Norman. The Sooners won two of three games at L. Dale Mitchell Park in 2002 and the teams shared two games at Norman in 1991. The Cardinals won the only meeting at Beaumont, held in the 2003 season.


#Launching ramp

• The #LaunchPad is back for 2022. For the second year in a row, pledged donations of a custom dollar amount for every homer OU baseball hits in 2022 will go to the stadium renovation project. For more information, visit TheSoonerClub.com/LaunchPad.
• All donations to the Pledge Per Home Run campaign will be treated as charitable donations supporting either the OU Softball Stadium Project or the OU Baseball Stadium Renovation Project and are tax deductible.


Noting the Sooners

• In the first 10 games of the season, Oklahoma scored a total of 35 points (3.5 per game average). The Sooners have scored 161 points in the last 21 games (7.7 per game). OU has scored at least seven points in 16 of those 21 games.
• OU is 46 for 59 on stolen base attempts over the last 21 games (average of 2.2 steals per game). Thirteen different players recorded at least one steal during this streak, led by Peyton Graham’s nine interceptions and Tanner Tredaway eight flights. Kendall Pettis has logged six flights in the last 21 contests.
Blake Robertson leads the Sooners with a .381 batting average (43 for 113), 28 walks and 10 doubles. Graham has team bests of nine home runs, 27 RBIs and 30 runs scored while batting .308 (37 for 120). Tredaway is batting .308 (37 for 120) with seven doubles, 25 RBIs and 21 runs scored and Jimmy Crooks hitting .308 (33 for 107) with 21 walks, 17 RBIs and 17 runs scored.


Recap of last week

• Oklahoma beat Texas Tech 14-9 on a windy Tuesday night in Amarillo, Texas. Brett Squires and Blake Robertson each scored five hits and OU had five homers in the game, which was played in Hodgetown, home of the Amarillo Sod Poodles.
• Squires went 5 for 5 with four RBIs and two home runs while Robertson went 5 for 6 with three RBIs and a home run. Both players scored their first homers of the season on Tuesday. Jimmy Crooks also had four runs, going 2 for 4 with a home run and two walks. Peyton Graham hit his ninth homer of the season and scored three runs.
Braden Carmichael allowed only one hit and struck out three over 4.0 innings early. Michael Trevinthe last of six relievers, pitched the last two innings and struck out three.
• The Red Raiders hit first with a two-run homer in the second inning, but the Sooners scored 11 mid-inning runs, including four each in the fourth and fifth innings, to take an 11-6 lead. Tech cut the lead to 11-9 before OU recorded three more runs in the eighth inning. The teams combined for 23 runs and 27 hits.
• Friday night, Oklahoma scored two runs in the ninth inning to defeat OSU, just as they did on March 29. Robertson provided the hit that scored the tying run and Sebastien Orduno drove into the winning race with an RBI single. The game ended on a steal taken when Crooks shot for Jackson Nicklaus at second base. The bullpen combo of the bullpen Colton Sundloff, Carter Campbell and Michael allowed just two hits in 4.0 shutout innings.
• On Saturday, the Sooners scored three runs in the third inning to tie the game, then broke the tie with four runs in the top of the seventh. OSU, however, scored one in the seventh, three in the eighth, and won the game in the bottom of the ninth. The Cowboys took an 8-0 lead on Sunday, before the Sooners collected three runs in the seventh inning and added another in the ninth on Graham’s eighth homer of the season.


Basic Thieves

• The Sooners have 68 stolen bases in 87 attempts in 31 games this season. OU surpassed its all-year tally (46 steals) in Game 18 of this season. The last time Oklahoma finished a season with at least 65 interceptions was in 2011 (79).
• Oklahoma ranks 11th nationally in stolen bases (68) and 12th in steals per game (2.2). Both numbers rank second in the Big 12, only behind West Virginia’s 106 steals and averaging 3.4 steals per game.
Kendall Pettiswho led OU with seven interceptions in 2021, already has 12 stolen bases, a team record. Tanner Tredaway (six interceptions last year) and Peyton Graham also have 12 stolen bases, and Blake Robertson has eight interceptions so far this season. Cade Horton and receiver Jimmy Crooks each have five stolen bases.
• OU’s most steals in the past 12 seasons was 98, in 2010. The Sooners had 56 steals in 2016, 62 in 2013 and 79 steals in 2011.
• Oklahoma made 11 interceptions against Wichita State on February 22. Three players — Graham, Pettis and Tredaway — each stole three bases in the game. Graham again had three interceptions against Texas on April 2. It was the fourth time a single player had recorded three interceptions in a single game this season.
• Prior to February 22, no Sooner had stolen three bases in a game since Erik Ross v Hartford in 2012. Oklahoma (3-1) finished Wichita State’s game one steal away from the school record of 12, established in 1937 against East Central University (Oklahoma).


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