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April 19, 2013
OU takes step in right direction in shutout victory
A day prior to Friday nights series opener Sunny Golloway told reporters changes would be made. Not wholesale changes but his club needed to attack the opponent differently.
Riding a season long three-game losing streak and on the heels of a stunning double-header sweep at the hands of Arkansas Little Rock which he would call 'the most disappointing day spent on the yard in 21-years' Golloway offered different options aloud.
"We're not going to try any wholesale changes but we aren't going to get up and fight the same way we've been fighting," Golloway said. "Who is to say Matt Oberste shouldn't be leading off?"
True to his word and with Oberste in the lead off position Oklahoma (29-10) scored a pair of runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings and pounded out 13 hits en route to a 10-0 series opening victory over New Orleans (6-34).
"We can't be afraid of change," said Golloway. "We're tyring to be the best team that we can and make a strong push. I told the guys we are going to try and get to 30 wins this weekend and that would be winning two out of the three."
From ace right-hander Jonathan Gray's perspective nothing would need to change. His Friday nights on the hill have been that good. That dominating.
"(Anthony) Hermelyn told us coming out of the bullpen, 'coach it's snaking, it's moving. It's doing more than it's ever done so I don't know think it really would have mattered who the opponent was," said Golloway following- yet another- dominating Gray performance. "Jon Gray is really peaking and hopefully it will continue to peak because his stuff was pretty special."
Jack Mayfield move to the Sooners No. 9 hole also paid dividends as the senior shortstop turned in a 1-for-4 4 RBI effort blasting his No. 4 homerun of the season in the bottom of the 7th. The 3-run shot gave Oklahoma a 10-0 lead.
By the numbers
1 Four Oklahoma pitchers combined to only allow 1 walk on Friday night.
5 Matt Oberste has now collected an extra base hit in five consecutive games and recorded his No. 18 multi-hit game.
91 With 10 strikeouts on the evening Jonathan Gray now has a conference leading 91 strikeouts in 10 starts.
Dillon Overton (7-2 2.20 ERA 65.1 IP 15 BB 59 SO) will take the ball for the Sooners on Saturday as they go for a series victory over New Orleans. First pitch at L. Dale Mitchell Park set for 2 p.m.