Opening the season with a 19-game home stand, the Oklahoma Sooners have found a bit of early success. With an experienced crop of sophomores at his disposal, Head Coach Pete Hughes leaned heavily on the group Opening Day. Facing No. 17 Long Beach State, Hughes placed the ball in Jake Irvin’s hand. Delivering a 6-2 win, Irvin has now been tabbed the Big XII Pitcher of the Week.
Through seven innings of work, Irvin allowed a single hit on Friday evening in the second frame. However, the sophomore settled into a rhythm while delivering the ball. Retiring the next 18 batters faced, the refused to give up a walk while finishing the start with 10 strikeouts. Tossing 95 pitches to earn the 10 Ks, the number matches a previous career high.
Being tabbed the Conference Pitcher of the Week, Irvin hopes to repeat the performance. In doing so, the righty would be the first Sooner to claim the award multiple times in a single season since Jonathan Gray and Dillon Overton in 2013. Look for the youngster to start once again during the 19 Ways Invitational featuring Villanova, Boston College, and Northern Illinois.