OU baseball: Four things to know before Oklahoma's road swing

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

Oklahoma shortstop Brandon Zaragoza throws to first during the Sooners' game against Columbia on March 1 at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma baseball will try to sustain its hot start this week as it ventures away from home. The Sooners (11-1) begin a four-game road trip Tuesday at Dallas Baptist.

Here are four things to know beforehand:

1. Brandon Zaragoza’s changed offensive mindset has paid off.

The junior shortstop went 11 for 20 (.550) and scored 15 runs last week, totaling eight RBIs.

He batted .279 in 2018.

“I’m just trusting the process, working in the cages, trying to understand the guy I am,” Zaragoza said. “I may not hit the ball out of the yard and whatnot, but I know I can produce with speed. If I can get on the bases that’s one of my strongpoints in this game.

2. OU’s arms have been solid.

The Sooners are fifth nationally with a 1.58 team ERA, allowing just 23 runs on the year. Last week the staff put up a 1.20 ERA in five games.

OU’s three shutouts pitched rank second nationally.

3. A fast start has the Sooners ranked in one poll.

They are 25th Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s latest ranking. OU’s receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and USA Today polls.

4. Tuesday’s game was supposed to be in Norman.

But the series locations were flipped because OU hosted the Patriots on Feb. 20 due to poor weather in Dallas.

The Sooners won that meeting 4-2 behind Ben Abram’s strong outing and lead the all-time series 24-12. DBU has won four consecutive games against OU in Dallas.

DBU is coming off a three-game sweep of Houston baptist and is hitting .259 as a team. Luke Bandy leads the way at .351 and two home runs.

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Tuesday

• Game: OU (11-1) at Dallas Baptist (8-3)

• Time: 6:30 p.m.

• Place: Horner Ballpark | Dallas, Texas

• Pitchers: OU RHP-Jaret Godman (1-0, 5.06 ERA) vs. DBU TBA

• Radio: KREF 1400 am | 99.3 FM

• TV: None

Next

• Friday: at Rice (6:30 p.m.)

• Saturday: at Rice (2 p.m.)

• Sunday: at Rice (1 p.m.)

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