OU baseball: Brandon Zaragoza's hitting streak ends, Cameron Warren heats up vs. Sooners pitching
NORMAN — Oklahoma entered the weekend playing well but struggled in a weekend sweep at home to Texas Tech. It was the Red Raiders’ first series win in Norman since 1999, when Texas Tech also swept the Sooners.
Week record: 0-3
Overall record: 30-18 (8-10 Big 12)
The week ahead: Bedlam (7 p.m. Friday in Tulsa; 7 p.m. Saturday in OKC;, 7 p.m. Sunday in Norman, Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus)
Zaragoza’s hit streak ends, on-base streak lives
Oklahoma shortstop Brandon Zaragoza’s 12-game hitting streak came to an end Friday with an 0 for 4 performance.
But he drew a walk in that game, to continue his streak of games reaching base.
Zaragoza continues the streak into Bedlam after going a combined 3 for 7 in the final two games of the series.
The junior from Westmoore has now reached safely in 21 consecutive games.
Cavalli’s absence looms large
Sophomore pitcher/designated hitter Cade Cavalli was once again out over the weekend with a “stress reaction” that Sooners coach Skip Johnson said did not involve his elbow or his shoulder.
Cavalli threw bullpen sessions on consecutive days last week and Johnson said he was hopeful Cavalli could return to the mound soon. He isn’t likely to hit again the rest of the season.
In Cavalli’s absence, Nathan Wiles and Levi Prater have been bumped up a day in the rotation while Ben Abram has pitched the last two Sunday games.
Warren tears up team he signed with
Coming out of Carl Albert High School, Cameron Warren signed with Oklahoma.
But in July 2014, Warren decided to instead go the junior college route and start his college career at Seminole State.
That decision wound up paying dividends for Texas Tech but hurt the Sooners.
Warren made that decision to improve his draft stock after being taken in the 39th round in 2014.
But instead, Warren wound up heading to Lubbock after his time in Seminole and has blossomed into a star.
He certainly looked the part in Norman, where he was 7 for 12 in the series with six runs, four RBI and a pair of home runs.
In Friday’s series opener, he was 4 for 4 with a leadoff home run in the sixth that cut Oklahoma's lead to 6-4. He came back the next inning with a three-run homer to put the Red Raiders ahead 7-6. He also added a double in that game.