Louisville faces Oklahoma in its second game of Regional play

Here's a look at Louisville's regional opponent Oklahoma

Oklahoma, located in Norman, was founded in 1890 and has an enrollment of 30,813.

Louisville hosts regional two-seed Oklahoma (35-22) on Saturday evening at 7pm.  The Sooners advanced to the 1-0 game after a come-from-behind 7-2 victory over Xavier on Friday afternoon.

Despite not making the NCAA Baseball Tournament the past four seasons, Oklahoma has a deep tradition in college baseball.  The Sooners have a pair of College World Series titles, most recently in 1994, and have made the trip to Omaha 10 times.  Oklahoma is 80-69 in its 37 trips to the NCAA postseason.

The two programs have never met on the diamond.  The Sooners went 1-1 against ACC competition this season, defeating Boston College and dropping a game against Georgia Tech.  Louisville did not face any Big 12 opponents this season.

The Sooners won five top-25 RPI series; the most of any school in the country this season.  OU is one of 14 teams with six or more top-100 RPI wins.

Four everyday players are hitting above .300, with sophomore centerfielder Steele Walker leading with a .338 batting average.  Walker is second at .552 in slugging and .421 in on-base percentage and he's driven in 50 runs and scored 48. Senior catcher Renae Martinez is second in hitting at .328 and third in slugging at .522. Senior first baseman Austin O’Brien is hitting .305 and tied with Walker for the team-lead in home runs at eight, while Martinez has added seven. Brylie Ware is fourth with a .303 average.

Sophomore right-hander Jake Irvin leads the staff with a 6-2 record and 3.50 earned run average.JB Olsen and Conner Berry highlight the Sooners bullpen.  Olson is 5-1 with eight saves and a 1.67 ERA in 29 appearances. Berry is 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA in 21 relief outings.

First pitch is scheduled for 7pm and ESPN3 will broadcast the game.


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