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Baseball Preview | Here’s What You Need To Know About Oklahoma vs. Texas Southern

M. Hofeld

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Oklahoma 23-10 vs. Texas Southern 11-21

Tuesday: 5:30 PM (FSOK+)

Wednesday: 3:00 PM (FSOK+)

The Sooners are heading back to the baseball diamond to try and bounce back from a weekend series loss to TCU. The struggling Tigers just may be the opponent Oklahoma needs for a confidence booster before taking to the road for the next eleven games.

Series History

The Sooners are 2-0 against Texas Southern after taking both games (12-0 and 10-1) in Norman last season.

Best In The Big 12

Oklahoma ranks 16th nationally and 1st in the Big 12 with a team 3.15 ERA of 3.15. The Sooners are also tops in the conference in walks per nine innings at 3.60.

Backing Up The Pitchers

The Sooners rank 10th nationally in double plays (30), 15th in shutouts (4) and 15th in fielding percentage (.979). 

Patience Pays Off

OU batters have drawn 176 walks, a total that ranks 18th nationally.

But Can They Hit?

OU is batting .275 as a team and averaging 6.1 runs per game, with 63 doubles, 12 triples and 16 home runs.

Go Diego Go!

Oklahoma freshman Diego Muniz hit .455 (5-for-11) in the TCU series with three doubles, a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored. He also drew three walks and compiled a .600 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. Four of his five hits went for extra bases and he accounted for eight of OU’s 13 runs scored in the series.

Duplicated The Feat

Sophomore first baseman Tyler Hardman also went 5-for-11 at the plate over the weekend, driving in two runs and scored twice.

Scouting The Tigers

The Tigers have won five of their last eight games but dropped two of three games at home last weekend to Grambling State.

Texas Southern is hitting .268 as a team, and averaging 5.8 runs and 2.7 extra base hits per game. Keanu Van Kuren leads the team with a .331 batting average and 10 doubles while OJ Oloruntimilehin has nine home runs, 31 RBIs and 28 runs scored.

The Tigers have an 8.42 team ERA and 189 strikeouts against 164 walks in 260.2 innings pitched.

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