NORMAN — Was it the lineup adjustments or simply a three-game feast against substandard pitching that led to Oklahoma’s three-game offensive onslaught against New Orleans?
The Sooners were hoping the question would be answered today at Arkansas. Instead, they’ll have to wait until Friday for proof.
Today’s scheduled game with the Razorbacks was canceled Monday. The weather forecast in Fayetteville today calls for temperatures in 30s and a high probability for thunderstorms.
OU (31-10) loses an opportunity for a quality non-conference victory because of the weather. Also, not getting a chance to see the lineup changes against better competition is another missed opportunity.
“I want to see how we look against some power arms,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said
following Sunday’s 14-3 run-rule victory over New Orleans. “If things go well, we’ll stick with it.”
The lineup changes were not monumental and didn’t even involve personnel changes. Matt Oberste moved from the cleanup spot to leadoff. Anthony Hermelyn moved from fifth in the order to third. Max White moved from third to cleanup. Jack Mayfield went from the lead-off spot to the nine hole.
The intention was to get Mayfield, who’d been slumping, more aggressive and get Oberste to be a little more selective.
That’s what happened against the Privateers. Oberste hit .571 in the series to push his batting average up to .421. He scored seven runs in the series.
“Obe can hit anywhere in our lineup,” Golloway said, “but I think it sets a precedent from the get-go that if you leave one up, he’ll get after you.”
Oberste has 10 home runs and 46 RBIs this season. If all else fails, moving him to the lead-off spot will get him more at-bats over the regular-season’ final month.