OU baseball: Diego Muniz's big weekend highlights Sooners' series loss
NORMAN—Oklahoma continued a tough skid over the weekend, dropping a non-conference home game to Oral Roberts in 11 innings before losing two of three at home to TCU.
Week record: 1-3
Overall record: 23-10 (5-4 Big 12)
The week ahead: Tuesday, Wednesday vs. Texas Southern; Friday-Sunday at Baylor
Muniz the bright spot
Before the final game of the Big 12-opening series against Kansas two weeks ago, freshman Diego Muniz hadn’t hit higher than sixth.
But the outfielder from Rockwall, Texas, has come on strong since being elevated into the leadoff spot.
After leading off every game last week, Muniz has started things off for the Sooners six times and the results have been dramatic.
In his six games at the top of the order, Muniz is 8 for 19 (.421) with seven runs and six RBI. He’s also drawn nine walks, with at least one in each game he’s led off.
In the series against TCU, Muniz was 5 for 11 at the plate, accounting for eight of the Sooners’ 13 runs in the series.
That included a two-run double in the ninth inning Sunday after the Horned Frogs changed pitchers in the middle of his at-bat.
“That was a great at-bat,” Sooners coach Skip Johnson said. “He hit a strike. That’s what you’re supposed to do.”
Pitching gap narrowing
For the first part of the season, Oklahoma was far and away the best pitching staff in the Big 12.
While the Sooners remain atop in team ERA in the league, the margin has closed considerably.
Oklahoma’s team ERA is 3.15, with Baylor second at 3:32. The Sooners travel to Waco to play the Bears this weekend.
The only team that has walked fewer batters than the Sooners is TCU, and that showed over the weekend as the Horned Frogs walked just nine OU hitters. Muniz drew a third of those free passes, scoring twice.
Levi Prater struggled early Sunday, allowing four two-out runs in the first two innings before settling down. His ERA rose to 2.22.