OU baseball: Gray tosses complete-game shutout in series opener
The No. 23 Oklahoma baseball team improved to 15-4 following Friday night’s 1-0 victory against Northwestern State at L. Dale Mitchell Park thanks to junior pitcher Jonathan Gray’s complete-game effort and junior designated hitter Matt Oberste's solo homer.
Key Stat: 12 — Junior pitcher Jonathan Gray struck out a career-high 12 Demons in Friday night’s victory. He did so while barely breaking a sweat, throwing a complete-game shutout on 111 pitches. He now has thrown 16 straight scoreless innings.
Key Player: Junior pitcher Jonathan Gray — When your team wins 1-0, the starting pitcher without question is going to be the key player. Gray tossed a complete-game shutout while allowing only five hits and striking out a career-high 12 batters. The flame thrower — Gray touched 100 mph throughout the game, including on the final pitch of the outing — improved to 4-1 while lowering his ERA to 1.51. This was Gray’s second straight shutout start, and the impressive thing about this one was the fact he only used two pitches: his fastball and slider.
Hit Streak Watch: Junior designated hitter Matt Oberste extended his hit streak to 22 games with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. The streak is tied for third best with former OU first baseman Aaron Baker (2007) in program history.
What it means: The Sooners are halfway to accomplishing their goal for every weekend: winning the series. One more win, and they’ll have met that goal, which would be a good rebound from last weekend after dropping two-of-three games on the West Coast.
What’s next for the Sooners: OU and Northwestern State return to L. Dale Mitchell Park for game two of this three-game series at 2 p.m. Saturday. Junior lefty Dillon Overton (4-1, 3.30 ERA) is scheduled to start.