April 21, 2010
Courtesy of SoonerSports.com
NORMAN, Okla. — The No. 18 Sooners (27-10) earned a big victory over No. 11 TCU (27-8) on Tuesday with an 8-3 decision in front of 1,181 fans at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
OU had lost four of five heading into Tuesday’s showdown and had a 1-4 record against the nation’s top 25. Despite the recent trends, the Sooners recorded their sixth straight win over TCU and continued their dominance in the series with the third straight season sweep.
The Sooners have won six straight over TCU and own a 51-21 all-time series lead. In addition, OU is 9-2 against the Frogs under Golloway and 26-7 all-time at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
“It was really big for the confidence of our team. Tonight, I saw those guys get it (confidence) back,” said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. “I saw guys attack (tonight). Danny Black, outstanding, attacked the game. I thought (Bryan) Groth, behind the plate, attack the game.”
Black tied a season high with four RBIs, including the first homer of his Sooner career to put the game out of reach, 8-3, in the sixth. Black is the 15th different Sooner to launch a ball over the fences in 2010 and he, along with Cameron Seitzer, gave OU its 14th multiple-homer game of the season.
Seitzer and Black helped propel the Sooners’ in the decisive fourth inning. In that frame, OU saw Seitzer give OU a 3-2 lead on his team-leading ninth homer of the season. Not only did the bomb snap an 0-for-12 skid for Seitzer but it paved the way to the Sooners batting through the order for the 13th time this season.
While Seitzer’s homer plated Max White, who tripled to center to start the rally, Black followed Caleb Bushyhead’s RBI single with a two-run double to cap the scoring in the fourth.
The Horned Frogs struck first with an unearned run in the first inning and took a 2-0 lead after their at bat in the third.
Oklahoma plated its first run thanks to an error on third baseman Jantsen Witte. It was the first of five runs that TCU starter Paul Gerrish (1-3) would allow. Gerrish surrendered four earned runs of five his and two walks and dropped to 0-4 against the Sooners. He also started the game back on April 6 in Fort Worth that saw the Sooners win 4-2.
As the offense rolled on Tuesday, OU starter Ryan Gibson exited the game before qualifying for the win. Gibson lasted 4 2/3 innings before Michael Rocha took over and threw up zeros to finish off the game. The duo limited a TCU offense that was hitting .342 before Tuesday’s game to three runs off eight hits.
Rocha improved to 5-1 with 4 2/3 innings of solid relief that included no runs off two hits and five strikeouts. It was Rocha’s longest outing since starting against Houston Baptist on March 10. He had not appeared in a game since losing the April 11 contest against Missouri on April 11 at home.
“I want him to come out every day and do his job and I want him to keep an edge,” said Golloway on Rocha’s performance.
Oklahoma returns to the road for a three-game conference series at Texas A&M. The series gets started on Friday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. and the game will be televised live on Cox Ch. 3 in Oklahoma City. Game two is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday’s finale will also be televised on Fox College Sports at 1 p.m.