Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Starting pitcher junior Garrett Richards reached a career high of eight strikeouts to lead the Sooners to a 7-5 win over TCU Tuesday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
“TCU has a great RPI right now and they have a very good team,” head coach Sunny Golloway said. “I consider that a quality win.”
In his eighth appearance of the season, Richards (4-1, 6.67 ERA) allowed three runs and five hits on 86 pitches before junior pitcher Jeremy Erben relieved him in the sixth inning.
“I felt a little off in some places today, but I just tried to come out and do what our pitching staff’s done in the last four or five games and give our team a chance to win,” Richards said.
The Sooners’ pitching staff had 15 strikeouts, the eighth time they were able to post double-digit strikeouts this season.
The Sooners’ season-high was 16 strikeouts on April 8 against Wichita State.
After a scoreless inning in the first, the Sooners tallied five hits and four runs in the second to take the lead, 4-2 over the Horned Frogs.
Junior shortstop Bryant Hernandez was able to give OU a 7-2 lead with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Freshman outfielder Chris Ellison went 3-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Freshman infielder Cameron Seitzer and senior second baseman Matt Harughty added one run and one RBI each. Harughty went 3-for-2 and Seitzer went 2-for-4.
“The guys that go out there on the yard and play fundamental baseball, play hard, and get a few breaks, that’s who is going to win the game,” Golloway said. “A lot of the time that’s not what you control in the game, it’s what you control in practice.”
TCU made the game interesting in the final innings of the game, scoring a single run in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings to bring the game to 7-5 after the top of the eighth.
However, that would be as close as TCU got, as sophomore closer Ryan Duke sent the Horned Frogs down in order in the top of the ninth inning to seal the win for the Sooners.
The game against TCU was the start of a big stretch for the Sooners where three out of four of their opponents are ranked. Next up for the Sooners are the No. 9 Texas Longhorns (24-8) on the road this weekend. The three-game series is set for April 17-19 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
“Texas is a great team, but if you just stick to what you know and you go out and do what you’re capable of doing, everything should just take care of itself,” Richards said.