When Tuesday’s game between Arkansas and Oklahoma was cancelled, the baseball fans in Northwest Arkansas lost more than a chance to see the Razorbacks play. They missed out on more than a game against a border rival.
What the fans truly missed out on was a chance to see one of the best years a college player in putting in.
The Sooners’ Matt Oberste has carried the Oklahoma baseball team on his back all season long. And, to boot, the junior is from Sallisaw.
He’s torrid stretch began last season when he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Charlottesville regional. Oberste has carried that over into the 2013 and hasn’t skipped a beat.
Oberste leads the Sooners in every major, offensive category. He’s hitting .421, that’s .094 points higher than his closest teammate. Oberste has 30 extra base hits including 10 home runs. He’s driven in 46 runs and has an on-base percentage of .484, which is ridiculous this late in the season.
What Oberste has done this year isn’t just impressive on a local level either. He’s sixth in the country in hits at 67. Oberste is third in the nation in total bases with 121. He also ranks in the top 14 in doubles, home runs and RBI.
The former Black Diamond standout is a major reason why the Sooners are ranked in the top 15 and are a favorite to host a regional. Oklahoma is 31-10 heading into the final stretch of the regular season.
Though most (OK, all) of the attention in this area is focused on the Razorbacks, Oberste is definitely worth keeping an eye on the rest of the way.