After he gave up a run in the first inning, the right-hander hurled eight scoreless frames for the Sooners (23-4), who played their first road contest in 1 games against the in-state Golden Eagles (8-16). Garza added a career high 11 strikeouts and faced just 29 batters on the night.
Before tonight, Garza's longest outing was 4.1 innings, and the most strikeout he threw was five, both two weeks ago against New Mexico State.
"I thought Garza was outstanding, and a big assist goes to coach Jack Giese, he's been working with Ralph on his slider," OU head coach Sunny Golloway said. "I thought the first inning it was kind of flat, maybe he was over throwing it, trying to get too much break. Coach talked to him, tutored him in between innings and he tightened it up. It's not so much how his slider breaks, it's where it finishes, and once he figured that out it was a big time out-pitch for him. Ralph hasn't really had an out-pitch until then, so I thought from the pitching side I thought it was outstanding."
Designated hitter Matt Oberste roped a single to shallow center in the seventh inning to extend his hit streak to a school record-tying 27 games. The junior has recorded a hit in every game this season. (More at SoonerSports.com)
|W - Garza||9.0||3||1||1||0||11|
|L - Glanz||3.2||4||3||3||3||4|
|OU - White||4||0||2||2||1||0|
|ORU - Domenico||4||0||1||1||0||0|