Oklahoma Sooners

Baseball Preview | Here’s What You Need To Know About Oklahoma At Texas

M. Hofeld

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Pitching Matchups

Thursday: OU RHP Nathan Wiles (7-3, 3.81 ERA) vs. UT RHP Bryce Elder (2-3, 2.81 ERA)

Friday: OU LHP Levi Prater (6-4, 2.93 ERA) vs. UT RHP Blair Henley (6-3, 3.36 ERA)

Saturday: OU TBA vs. UT RHP Ty Madden (4-1, 3.26 ERA)

Series History

Oklahoma and Texas have played 188 times. The Longhorns lead the overall series, 132-54-2.

OU is 20-68-1 against Texas in Austin.

Postseason On The Line

The Sooners can clinch a spot in next week’s Big 12 Baseball Championship with at least one win at Texas this weekend. OU can finish as high as fifth place in the league standings.

Runs Are Hard To Come By

Oklahoma has allowed three or fewer runs in 25 of 51 games this season, and allowed one or zero runs 13 times.

OU ranks 31st nationally in ERA (3.68), eighth in double plays (50), and 18th in fielding percentage (.979).

The Sooners allow opponents 4.1 runs per game and a .242 batting average.

From The Batter’s Box

Oklahoma is 10th in the country in sacrifice bunts (42), 30th in sacrifice flies (28) and OU batters have drawn 259 walks, a total that ranks 34th nationally.

The Sooners are batting .264 as a team and averaging 5.5 runs per game, with 90 doubles, 14 triples and 23 home runs.

From The Mound

Oklahoma has a 3.68 team ERA with 444 strikeouts to 190 walks in 457.1 innings.

OU ranks second in the Big 12 in fewest walks per nine innings (3.74) and third in ERA (3.68). The Sooners lead the conference in runners picked off (seven), paced by a league-high five runners picked off by Levi Prater.

Scouting The Longhorns

Texas is in its third year under head coach David Pierce, who has led the Longhorns to a 107-72 record.

The Longhorns are hitting .250 as a team, and averaging 5.5 runs and 2.1 extra base hits per game. Eric Kennedy leads the team with a .310 batting average and 38 runs scored while Austin Todd has a team-high 37 RBIs, 10 doubles and 35 runs scored.

The Texas pitching staff has a 4.23 team ERA and 415 strikeouts against 235 walks in 444.2 innings, and allows opponents to hit .239.

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