The Oklahoma Sooners baseball team are off to a hot start in 2013, winning their first four games, sweeping Hofstra over the past weekend. Next up for the Sooners is a double-header on Tuesday, Feb. 19, against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Norman. Originally, the games were scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, but impending rain caused OU baseball to move the games to a double-header.
Oklahoma leads the series, 10-0, over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and beat them twice in 2012 (9-4, 5-4).
The Sooners opened the season using four different starters to win their first four games and only Billy Waltrip struggled along the way. Dillon Overton was magnificent, throwing seven innings with only two hits and one unearned run. Corey Copping was right there behind him, with a nice seven inning performance, allowing two hits and one earned run in his start. Jonathan Gray only lasted six innings, giving up three hits and two runs, but still picked up the win.
Waltrip only lasted 3.1 innings, giving up six hits and five runs, all earned, but the bullpen saved the day.
On offense, three Oklahoma sluggers are sitting over .400 after four games, as the Sooners are playing small ball to open the season. While the home runs have been sparse, Oklahoma has seven doubles and three triples early in the season and the team, as a whole, is averaging .302 on the year.
Third baseman Garrett Carey (.462), outfielder Max White (.429) and first baseman Matt Oberste (.429) lead the way. It was Oberste who won the game for the Sooners on Sunday with a three-run homer over the right field wall in the bottom of the ninth.
Matt Oberste won the Big 12 Conference’s Player of the Week honors while left-handed pitcher Dillon Overton garnered Pitcher of the Week honors, the first time since 2009 the Sooners have swept the awards. The OU baseball team ranks 14th by Collegiate Baseball, 18th by Baseball America and 21st by Perfect Game.
Game 1 of the Oklahoma Sooners vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff double-header starts at 3 p.m. CST and the second game starts 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first.