After splitting a two-game midweek series against No. 8 Stanford, the Red Raiders continue on the road to take on the Sooners in Norman. The Sooners have an 18-16 overall season record and a 3-6 conference record. Oklahoma won two games against Stanford in a four-game series earlier this season.
The pitching rotation for the Red Raiders has changed a bit for this series. Friday’s matchup will see LHP Mason Molina (4.02 ERA) for the Red Raiders and LHP James Hitt (4.25 ERA) for the Sooners. Hitt has 29.2 innings over 8 appearances for the Sooners, allowing 25 hits, 16 runs, 4 home runs, and 11 walks while recording 18 strikeouts, Hitt transferred to Oklahoma from Texas Tech this season. The Sooners have yet to name a pitcher for Saturday’s game, but the Red Raiders will start RHP Trendan Parish (4.60 ERA). Sundays pitcher for the Red Raiders has yet to be announced but they will face LHP Braden Carmichael (3.00 ERA). Carmichael has 30.0 innings over 10 appearances for the Sooners, allowing 28 hits, 14 runs, 2 home runs, and 7 walks while recording 25 strikeouts.
Of the eight batters that have played in the majority of Oklahoma’s games this season, four are batting over .300. Anthony Mackenzie leads the Sooners with a .346 batting average after starting in all 34 of the Sooners games this season. Mackenzie also leads the Sooners in hits (47), runs (33), and home runs (5). Easton Carmichael (.325 AVG) leads the Sooners in RBI with 34. Bryce Madron (.286 AVG) leads the Sooners in walks with 42.
With the Red Raiders changing their weekend rotation of pitchers this series could prove to be more interesting than it would appear at first glance. The Red Raiders still lead the Big 12 in team batting average (.319) where as OU comes in 4th in the lineup (.285). Texas Tech ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in team ERA (4.50) while OU comes in at 7th (5.38) and both teams are at the bottom of the Big 12 in terms of fielding.