Oct. 25, 2000

Each week during fall practice different OU baseball players will be featured in "Up Close and Personal Profiles." The features are designed to give the fan a more in-depth look at some of the members on the 2001 squad.

AUSTIN MIX
So., RHP, Coppell, Texas (Coppell HS)

Do you wish pitchers were allowed to bat in games?
No, because its hard enough being a pitcher.

Tell me about your first start on the mound.
I was 10 years old and I was real nervous, but I realized during that game that it was the position I wanted to play.

What's the scariest thing you've ever done?
I'm not scared of anything.

What do you like in your cereal bowl?
Captain Crunch Crunch Berries with half-percent milk.

BRANDON HANKINS
So., RHP, Waxahachie, Texas (Waxahachie HS)

Your favorite sports to watch and to play other than baseball?
Football because it's a contact sport.

What is the best piece of advice that a coach gave you?
Keep the ball low and throw strikes.

What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
Tom and Jerry. I liked Jerry the best because he was always the underdog.

What do you like to do when you're not playing baseball?
Sleep, hang out with my friends and watch sports.

BUDDY BLAIR
Fr., LHP, Tulsa, Okla. (Jenks HS)

Which team do you think is going to win the World Series?
Yankees

What CD is in your stereo right now?
An oldies mix.

If you could have one song played for you when you take the mound, what would it be?
"Welcome To The Jungle" by Guns-N-Roses

What was your favorite baseball team when you were younger?
The Detroit Tigers because my dad was from Michigan and he was always big into all the Detroit teams and so I just followed them, too.

BRETT BAGLEY
Fr., LHP, Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow HS)

What's the first thing you had to learn about pitching?
How to throw the ball over the plate.

Who was your favorite baseball player growing up?
David Justice because he was the big chief with the Braves and they were my favorite team.

Tell me about your first start on the mound.
I was nine years old and I didn't really care about it because it was just all about having fun then.

Do you have any superstitions and what are they?
Everytime we run out to centerfield, I hit the wall twice and wipe it off. Also, after warming up and receiving the ball from the third baseman, I say a little prayer before I start the inning.