Scouting Report: Oklahoma

There's lots of talk about Arizona State but lets take a look at the Oklahoma Sooners, the team Vanderbilt plays today in game one of the NCAA Tournament. The two teams meet at 4 p.m. CT.

Head Coach: Oklahoma is coached by Sunny Golloway who is 125-76-1 (4th season) at Oklahoma and 460-232-1 overall. Golloway's .672 winning percentage ranks 16th among active coaches in Division I baseball. OU is 7-5 in the NCAA Tournament under Sunny Golloway.

Oklahoma in the NCAA: The Sooners are 66-58 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Oklahoma last won the National Championship in 1994 and captured its first title in 1951. The Sooners also advanced to the College World Series in 1951, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975.

2008 season overview: The Sooners posted non-conference wins over the likes of UCLA, Tennessee and Washington State. In Big 12 action the Sooners posted series wins over Kansas State, Texas Tech and Baylor. However, Oklahoma was swept by Texas A&M and Kansas. Few expected them to make the NCAA field but Big 12 tournament victories over Texas A&M and Missouri were enough to convince the selection committee to include them.

Pitching: The sophomore right-hander Andrew Doyle was named to the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team after tossing a complete-game victory against Texas A&M. Doyle (8-4) has a season ERA of 4.35 and has struck out a team leading 70 batters while walking a team leading 40. Fellow righty Ryan Duke (7-4) has 54 strikeouts in 70 innings of work and boasts a 3.60 ERA. Lefty C.J. Blue (6-3) and RHP Jeremy Erben (1-3) have each pitched about 60 innings with ERAs of 4.95 and 6.16 respectively. Erben has struck out 48. Righty Chase Anderson has a 4.58 ERA in 59 innings of work. Senior RHP Jake McCarter is the Sooner's closer. He has 9 saves and an ERA of 7.09. Oklahoma has a 4.93 team ERA and has allowed their opponents a .281 batting average.

Batting/offense: Right-fielder Jamie Johnson (.350, 5 HRs) is a solid hitter who is also a outstanding base runner. He has stolen successfully on 20 of 21 attempts. Center fielder Aljay Davis (.352) has 39 RBIs on the season. Batting third is star second baseman Mke Gosse who has 7 homers and 48 RBIs. Gosse has doubled 23 times. Catcher J.T. Wise is the likely cleanup hitter. Wise (.293) also has 7 homers. Left fielder Casey Johnson (.339) has 20 RBIs in 36 starts. First baseman Aaron Baker (.303) has a team leading 56 runs batted in but has stolen successfully in just 2 of 7 attempts.

Head to Head

Batting

Category

VU

OK
Avg..305.314
Runs424416
Hits655653
Hits655653
HR6150

Pitching

Category

VU

OK
ERA4.564.93
R-ER315-275326-286
SO567407
BB224217

Fielding

Category

VU

OK
FLD%.971.965
Errors6678
DP4256

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