OU baseball: Cade Cavalli sits, Brandon Zaragoza extends hitting streak as Sooners win series at Kansas State
NORMAN — For the first time in more than a month, Oklahoma had a winning week on the baseball diamond, winning three of four, including two of three at Kansas State over the weekend.
Week record: 3-1
Overall record: 30-15 (8-7 Big 12)
The week ahead: Friday-Sunday vs. Texas Tech
While Cade Cavalli had been used less at the plate recently, Cavalli had maintained his place in the weekend rotation.
That changed this weekend, with the sophomore shut down with a stress reaction that does not involve his elbow or shoulder.
That’s encouraging news moving forward as it’s hoped it will be a short-term issue, but it caused a shakeup of the weekend rotation and leaves the Sooners with questions on the mound.
With Cavalli, Oklahoma’s usual Friday starter, out, Nathan Wiles and Levi Prater each moved up a day while usual mid-week starter Ben Abram moved in to start Sunday.
Abram didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in his last start, but the bullpen picked him up, throwing 6 1/3 and allowing just one run on five hits and a walk.
That included two scoreless innings from closer Jason Ruffcorn, who has been heavily used this season but made just that one appearance last week.
Ruffcorn picked up the win in Sunday’s 6-3 10-inning victory.
It wasn’t long ago that shortstop Brandon Zaragoza was struggling at the plate.
But after going 4 for 10 over the weekend, Zaragoza extended his hitting streak to 12.
The streak started shortly after Zaragoza dropped down in the order. Zaragoza has hit seventh in each of the last seven games.
During that stretch, Zaragoza is hitting .357 (15 of 42). He’s raised his average to .280, third-best on the team among qualified hitters. He’s tied for the team lead with 36 runs.
Brylie Ware was just 1 for 10 in the series vs. Kansas State but drew four walks. … The Sooners have drawn 230 walks, third-best in the Big 12. … Diego Muniz was 4 for 14 with four RBI and two runs against the Wildcats. … Wiles improved to 7-2, tied for the lead in the Big 12 in wins. … On Saturday, former Christian Heritage standout Caleb Littlejim threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits to improve to 5-1 for Kansas State.