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

M. Hofeld

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Pitching Matchups

Friday: OU RHP Nathan Wiles (7-2, 3.71 ERA) vs. TT RHP Micah Dallas (4-0, 3.74 ERA)

Saturday: OU LHP Levi Prater (6-4, 2.54 ERA) vs. TT RHP Caleb Kilian (7-2, 4.22 ERA)

Sunday: OU RHP Ben Abram (6-1, 3.21 ERA) vs. TT RHP Bryce Bonnin (3-1, 5.68 ERA)

Series History

Oklahoma and Texas Tech have played 87 times. OU leads the series, 48-38-1.

In the last six years, dating to 2013, the Sooners and Red Raiders have won each series on their home field.

OU has won each of the last eight series against Texas Tech played in Norman. The last series in Norman that the Red Raiders won was in 1999.

Tournament Resume

Oklahoma is # 36 in the most recent NCAA RPI rankings through May 1 games. The Sooners are 13-10 in road games and have 14 wins in 25 games against opponents in the top 100 of the RPI. OU is one of six Big 12 schools in the RPI top 50, joining Texas Tech (13), West Virginia (15), Baylor, (23), Oklahoma State (24), and Texas (48). With Kansas State (76), TCU (87), and Kansas (89), every Big 12 school ranks in the top 90 of the RPI.

All nine of Oklahoma’s remaining games are against teams currently ranked in the top 50 of the NCAA RPI.

Getting It Done On Defense

OU ranks 13th nationally in ERA (3.31), 13th in double plays (41), and 21st in fielding percentage (.979).

OU leads the Big 12 in team ERA and fewest walks per nine innings (3.58), and ranks third in opponent batting average (.235). The Sooners lead the conference in runners picked off (seven), paced by a league-high five runners picked off by Levi Prater.

The Sooners have a 3.31 team ERA with 388 strikeouts to 160 walks in 402.1 innings. The starting pitchers have a combined 3.06 ERA and have struck out 237 batters and allowed 218 hits in 246.2 innings.

Patience Pays Off

OU batters have drawn 230 walks, a total that ranks 29th nationally.

The Sooners are batting .268 as a team and averaging 5.7 runs per game, with 85 doubles, 14 triples and 20 home runs.

On The Watch List

Shortstop Brandon Zaragoza is on the watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, given by the College Baseball Foundation to the nation’s top shortstop, and is on a 12-game hitting streak and an 18-game reached base streak. He batted .400 at K-State last weekend, and went 2-for-5 on Sunday, walking to begin the eighth inning rally.

Cade Cavalli and freshman Ben Abram are on the mid-season watch list for the National Pitcher of the Year award. Cavalli is also on the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award,

Jason Ruffcorn was named on the Stopper of the Year watch list.

Scouting The Red Raiders

Texas Tech has won seven of its last 10 games, including its last two series against Baylor (2-1) and Oklahoma State (3-0). The Red Raiders split a midweek set against UT Rio Grande Valley, falling 6-3 and winning 19-11.

Tech is hitting .306 as a team, and averaging 8.0 runs and 3.6 extra base hits per game. Brian Klein, who is one of seven Red Raiders hitting .300 or better with a .355 average, Josh Jung (.338, eight home runs, 14 doubles, 44 RBIs), Dylan Neuse (.335, eight home runs, six triples, 43 RBIs) and Cameron Warren (.325, 11 home runs, 12 doubles, 56 RBIs) lead Texas Tech offensively.

The Red Raiders pitching staff has a 4.16 team ERA and 392 strikeouts against 176 walks in 389.1 innings, and allow opponents to hit .260.

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