Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Baseball Preview | Here’s What You Need To Know Before The Big 12 Tournament

M. Hofeld


For the second consecutive year Oklahoma will open up play at the Big 12 Tournament against Baylor. The Bears Beat Oklahoma twice in the 2018 Big 12 Tournament (4-0 and 10-3).

The Sooners own a 46-41 overall advantage against Baylor, but the Bears hold a 5-3 advantage over Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship.

Big 12 Championship History

The Sooners are one of just two conference teams to have made the Big 12 Tournament in each of the league’s 23-year history. OU has won the tournament twice, 1997 and again in 2013. Oklahoma has an overall 38-37 record at the Big 12 Championship Tournament.

2019 Big 12 Baseball Championship Bracket

All-Big 12

Nine Sooners made All-Big 12 in 2019. Sophomore Cade Cavalli was selected as the first team utility player. Junior relief pitcher Jason Ruffcorn and sophomore starter Levi Prater earned second-team honors. Ben Abram and Wyatt Olds were selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Juniors Brady Lindsly, Nathan Wiles and Brandon Zaragoza and sophomore Tyler Hardman received honorable mention recognition.

NCAA Tournament Resume

Oklahoma is No. 39 in the most recent NCAA RPI rankings through May 19 games.

The Sooners have 18 wins in 34 games against opponents in the top 100 of the RPI rankings.

OU is one of five Big 12 schools in the RPI top 50, joining Oklahoma State (8), Texas Tech (9), West Virginia (16) and Baylor (27).

The Sooners are 15-11 in road games. Only eight teams in the top 40 of the RPI have more road wins than Oklahoma’s 15 victories.

Of Oklahoma’s nal 32 regular season games, 29 came against opponents ranked in the top 100 of the RPI, including 12 against the RPI top 50. Only 12 of those contests were played at home while 18 were played on the road and two played at neutral sites.

Backed By Defense

OU has allowed three or fewer runs in 28 of 54 games this season, and allowed one or zero runs 14 times.

The Sooners rank 28th nationally in ERA (3.61), 12th in double plays (53), 10th in sacrifice bunts (44), 29th in sacrifice flies (30) and 18th in fielding percentage (.979).

Oklahoma ranks second in the Big 12 in ERA and fewest walks per nine innings (3.76), and third in opponent batting average (.243). The Sooners lead the conference in runners picked off (seven), paced by a league-high five runners picked off by Levi Prater.

OU allows opponents 4.0 runs per game and a .243 batting average.

The Sooners have a 3.61 team ERA with 463 strikeouts to 201 walks in 481.1 innings.

No Slouches From The Plate

Oklahoma batters have drawn 281 walks, a total that ranks 28th nationally.

The Sooners are batting .265 as a team and averaging 5.6 runs per game, with 94 doubles, 14 triples and 28 home runs.

Brylie Ware is on a 10-game hitting streak after hitting .615 (8-for-13) with two home runs and six runs scored in the series at Texas last weekend.

Tanner Tredaway has reached base in 10 consecutive games. He has batted .294 and scored 15 runs, compiling a .407 OBP in Big 12 play, which are all second-best on the team in conference play.

Brandon Zaragoza has reached base safely in 25 of his last 27 games. He has 13 multiple hit games and is second on the team with eight multiple RBI contests.

Brady Lindsly led OU during Big 12 play with 19 RBIs, 28 hits and 10 extra base hits. Overall, he leads the team with four triples and is second with five home runs and 10 doubles

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