Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

April 28, 2013

BASEBALL: OU's Gray dominates Texas Tech, 6-2

NORMAN — There was a little more adrenaline pumping through L. Dale Mitchell Park Saturday afternoon. Maybe it was the season-high crowd of 2,668. Perhaps the pitching match up between Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray and Texas Tech’s Trey Masek — and the scouts who flocked to see it — elevated the atmosphere.

The ambiance took a back seat to the outcome. The Sooners rolled to a 6-2 victory and secured the series against the Red Raiders.

“We were excited,” OU first baseman Matt Oberste said after going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. “Both those guys are really good pitchers and we knew it would be a good matchup today.”

Gray (8-1) won the battle, holding the Red Raiders (19-24, 5-12 Big 12) to one run on two hits over 7 1-3 innings. Gray also had seven strikeouts.

Masek (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season after allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits over six frames.

The difference came down to OU’s ability to put good swings on the ball. Four of the eight hits the Sooners (33-10, 10-4) collected came in the first inning. The big blow was Colt Bickerstaff’s two-run double that broke the game open.

“That was big. We knew Masek was one of the premier guys in the Big 12,” Bickerstaff said. “Getting on him early is something that usually doesn’t happen. We were fortunate to get a lot of fastballs. Things went our way early and we scored a lot of runs.”

OU coach Sunny Golloway moved Gray’s spot in the rotation so he could matchup with Masek. It was a clear case of both teams best pitchers facing off. Gray’s pitched in many of those games this season and won the overwhelming majority of them.

Most of the time those wins have been in tight, low-scoring games. Having a three-run lead when he walked to the mound in the second inning was an odd feeling.

Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0292web.jpg ‘All-State Sluggers’

    When Claremore’s Matt Whatley takes his place behind the plate tonight in the Oklahoma Coaches Association Large School East-West All-State baseball game, the former Zebra catcher will be right at home.
    Whatley, who started four years as the catcher for the Zebras, finds his final high school baseball game taking place in his future college ballpark.
    Last November, Whatley and his long-time friend, Bryce Howe, signed NCAA Division I baseball scholarships to play for the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles.
    Tonight, those dreams come true for Whatley and Jenks outfielder Cadon Owens, who will be joining his former Bearcats teammate on the East squad. Also, Verdigris' Ryan Skalnik will start at third base for the Large East All-State team.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GOLF: OSU's Jelly wins Oklahoma State Amateur

    Oklahoma State's Brendon Jelley captured the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Wednesday with a 1-up victory over Preston Crawford at The Patriot Golf Club.

    July 29, 2014

  • OSU wrestling to host Alumni Reunion

    Oklahoma State wrestling will host an alumni reunion for former Cowboy wrestlers, trainers and managers on Sept. 19-20 in Stillwater.

    July 29, 2014

  • OU's Mixon claims self defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 29, 2014

  • Sooners' secondary gets ready for changes

    There’s a reason Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and a front-runner to get a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

    The experience – especially on defense – is the leading cause.

    July 29, 2014

  • SOFTBALL: Adair aiming high in 2014

    Adair's Lady Warriors have never shied away from the spotlight.

    Head coach Chell Looney's team will have plenty of chances to earn respect and a shot at the program's third straight regional tournament appearance.

    July 29, 2014

  • Cat Conti earns her stripes as football official

    Cat Conti never played sports, let alone had any interest in them, when she was growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern

    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats.

    For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.

    July 29, 2014

  • NFL: Make or break season for Rams QB Bradford

    It's become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford.

    Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he's supposedly at a career crossroads.

    July 29, 2014