OU Hits the Road for Big 12 Series at K-State

Friday-Sunday, April 16-18 / Tointon Family Stadium / Manhattan, Kan.

Pitching Matchups
Game Time Oklahoma Kansas State
Friday, 6 p.m. TBA TBA
Saturday, 4 p.m. TBA TBA
Sunday, 1 p.m. TBA TBA

First Pitch:
•    Oklahoma (18-15, 3-6 Big 12) travels to Manhattan, Kan., this weekend for a three-game Big 12 series at Kansas State (19-14, 2-7 Big 12). Game times are 6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium.
•    This will be just OU’s second three-game road series against a single opponent this season. 


•    The games will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ via Kansas State.

•    The Sooner Sports Radio Network (locally on SportsTalk 99.3 FM/1400 AM KREF) will carry the radio broadcast of all three games, with Toby Rowland on the call. The radio broadcast will also be available for free via the TuneIn app.

Leading Off:

•    First baseman Tyler Hardman was named to the Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List and recognized as a midseason All-American by D1Baseball. The fourth-year junior leads the nation in hits (60) and total bases (100) and ranks second nationally in batting average (.465) and on-base percentage (.557). He is the 43rd Sooner to register at least 100 hits, 100 runs and 100 RBIs in his career. 

•    Oklahoma ranks second nationally in hits (344), fourth in doubles (71), seventh in runs (256), ninth in walks (175), 17th in batting average (.302), 19th in scoring (7.8 runs per game) and OBP (.406) and 22nd in slugging (.475).

•    OU ranks fourth nationally and second among Big 12 schools with its 71 doubles this season (2.2 per game), and has registered 53 doubles in its last 22 outings (average of 2.4 per game; best in the Big 12). The national leader in doubles per game (Creighton) averages 2.6 per game. The Sooners registered a season-high nine doubles against Houston on March 20.

•    Thirty-four percent of Oklahoma’s hits (116 of 344) have gone for extra bases. The Sooners have totaled 71 doubles, eight triples and 37 home runs in 33 games, an average of 3.5 extra base hits per contest.

•    OU leads the Big 12 in batting average, hits, doubles per game (2.16) and sacrifice flies (17), ranks second in the league in runs, doubles and strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.60), and third in scoring, walks, OBP and slugging. The Sooners also rank fourth in the Big 12 and 40th nationally by averaging 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

•    OU has scored at least seven runs in 18 games this season (averaging 7.8 runs per game overall), and notched double-digit hits in 16 games.

Series History:

•    Oklahoma and Kansas State have played 232 times. OU leads the series 170-62.

•    The Sooners have won 10 of the last 12 meetings  between the schools dating back to 2016.

•    Oklahoma has won six straight series against K-State, including the last three in Manhattan.

•    In 2019, OU won 8-3 on Friday night, KSU won 5-2 on Saturday and the Sooners won 6-3 in 10 innings on Sunday. 

About the Sooners:

•    Tyler Hardman continues to lead the nation in hits (60) and total bases (100), and ranks second in batting average (.465 [national leader is Tristin Garcia of Alcorn State; .469 avg.]). He is also second nationally in OBP (.557), fifth in hits per game (1.82) and runs scored (38), 12th in slugging (.775), 13th in doubles (12) and 21st in walks (25). His 34 RBIs rank 34th nationally.

•    Hardman is currently on a 14-game hitting streak and has at least two hits in nine of those 14 games. He has notched multiple hits in 20 of OU’s 33 games this season. During the same 14-game stretch, 12 of his 25 hits have gone for extra bases, and he has tallied six of his eight home runs and six of his 12 doubles.

•    Jimmy Crooks ranks fourth nationally in doubles (13), tied for fifth in runs scored (38), 34th in total bases (77) and 40th in hits (43). In his last four games, he has batted .467 (7 for 15) with seven RBIs, four runs scored, two home runs (both in the April 10 game vs. Kansas) and two doubles.

•    Brett Squires has hit .476 (10 for 21) in his last six games, driving in 12 runs and scoring nine runs.Six of his 10 hits have gone for extra bases (two homers, three doubles, one triple). He has driven in or scored 19 of Oklahoma’s 56 runs scored in the last six contests (34 percent).

•    Squires has a hit in each of his last eight games and has batted .444 (12 for 27) in that span while raising his season batting average 67 points to .361. He has hit all three home runs, four of his doubles and a triple in the last six games.

•    Peyton Graham has reached base in 29 consecutive games and homered in the final two games of the Kansas series (second time this season he has homered in consecutive games). The last game in which he did not reach base was Feb. 23 vs. Stephen F. Austin – OU’s third game of the season.

•    Luke Taggart has appeared in four of Oklahoma’s last five games games. During that span (dating back to the April 6 game vs. ORU), he has pitched 6.1 innings, struck out 10 batters and allowed only three hits, one run and two walks.

•    Over his last four starts, Braden Carmichael has turned in a 2.45 ERA and pitched 22.0 innings, notching 17 strikeouts and allowing just five walks and six earned runs. 

•    Ledgend Smith pitched 5.2 innings across two games last week (Tuesday vs. ORU and Friday vs. Kansas) and notched seven strikeouts, allowing five hits and just one run and one walk.

•    Tanner Tredaway went 4 for 5 against Kansas on Sunday with two doubles and scored three runs. He batted .467 with a home run, two doubles and five runs scored in the Kansas series, and notched five RBIs, four extra base hits and seven runs in four games last week.

•    Conor McKenna leads the Sooners with 11 multiple RBI games while Hardman has 10 multi-RBI contests. Hardman leads the team with 34 RBIs and McKenna follows closely with 33 RBIs this season.

•    Brandon Zaragoza has already registered 26 RBIs on the season. His career high prior to this year was 30 RBIs in 2019. 

•    In his first career start on Wednesday against Texas Southern, true freshman catcher Hudson Polk recorded his first career hit with a two-run home run to left field in the sixth inning.

•    OU is in its fourth season under the direction of head coach Skip Johnson. Johnson has led the Sooners to an 103-67 record and an NCAA postseason appearance in 2018.


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