Baseball Hosts Seton Hall Opening Weekend

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 13, 2014
 No. 28 Oklahoma (0-0) vs. Seton Hall (0-0)
 Location:  Norman, Okla. - L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)
 Tickets:  Friday | Saturday | Sunday
 Radio:  KREF Sports Talk 1400
 Toby Rowland
 Chris Plank (Friday, Sunday)
 Chad McKee (Saturday)
 Live Webcast:
 Live Stats:
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)
 Pitching Match-Ups
 3:00 PM Friday:  LHP-Jacob Evans (So., 7-2, 2.06)
 RHP-Josh Prevost (Sr., 5-2, 3.24)
 2:00 PM Saturday:  LHP-Adam Choplick (RSo., 3-3, 5.56)
 LHP-Anthony Elia (Jr., 6-2, 3.65)
 1:00 PM Sunday:  RHP-Jake Elliott (Fr., ---, ---)
 RHP-Luke Cahill (So., 0-0, 4.95)

NORMAN, Okla. – Game one of the Pete Hughes era gets underway for OU baseball Friday at 3:00 pm against Seton Hall at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners open at home for the second straight season. Opening day marks the earliest Oklahoma has played on the calendar since opening against Texas State on February 2, 2007.

1st - On the Air
The voice of the Sooners Toby Rowland returns for the 2014 season to provide play-by-play on KREF Sports Talk 1400. Joining him on the sidelines will be color commentator Chris Plank, with Chad McKee filling in on Saturday.

2nd - Weekend Promotions
On opening day the first 500 fans in attendance will receive an OU thermal mug. Big 12 Tournament Championship pennants will be handed out to the first 1,000 fans through the gate on Saturday, while the first 2,000 on Sunday will be given a 2014 schedule magnet.

3rd - Defending Big 12 Champs
The Sooners are fresh off a 43-21 campaign in 2013 as they claimed the program’s first Big 12 Tournament Championship since 1997. Overall, Oklahoma returns 17 letterwinners, including five position starters. Senior second baseman Hector Lorenzana is back after hitting .274 with 42 RBI and 33 runs in his first season in Norman.

4th - Freshman All-America Trio
Oklahoma’s core is built around a trifecta of Freshman All-Americans from 2013 in left-hander Jacob Evans, catcher Anthony Hermelyn and center fielder Craig Aikin. Evans took the hill primarily as the Sooner closer as a rookie and notched nine saves along with seven wins with a 2.06 earned run average. Hermelyn hit .275 with 26 RBI, while Aikin owns the highest returning average at .286 with 42 runs and a team-leading 16 stolen bases.

5th - Scouting the Pirates
Seton Hall posted a 37-19 record and ranked 44th in the RPI, narrowly missing out on the NCAA Tournament thanks to eighth-seeded Connecticut running through the Big East Tournament and claiming the league’s automatic bid. The Pirates have lost their ace and both middle infielders, but return junior first baseman Sal Annunziata, who hit .319 and slugged .479 with 21 extra-base hits. Last season’s third baseman, senior Chris Selden transitions to the outfield after hitting .320 with 17 stolen bases in 2013. Senior RHP Josh Prevost and junior LHP Anthony Elia are the veterans in the SHU rotation. Prevost went 5-2 with a 3.24 ERA, while Elia posted a 6-2 record and 3.65 ERA last season.

6th - New Man on the Top Step
Hughes was named the ninth head coach in program history on June 27, 2013. He comes to Norman with 17 years of NCAA head coaching experience, most recently at Virginia Tech from 2007-13. Overall, Hughes owns a career record of 524-385-2. He coached the Hokies to two NCAA Regionals in 2010 and 2013, which they hosted in Blacksburg. Hughes previous coaching stops were at Boston College (1999-06) and Trinity (1997-98).

7th - Season Openers
Since 1962, Oklahoma is 35-17 on opening day and 23-1 when playing the first game of the season at home, including 22-0 at L. Dale Mitchell Park. All-time in home openers, the Sooners are 48-4 going back to 1962, including 32-0 at L. Dale Mitchell.

8th - Opening Day Starter
Evans is anticipated to make the start for OU on opening day. It will be the first start of his career, marking the first time a Sooner pitcher made his first career start on opening day since Zach Neal in 2010. Evans is also the third straight lefty to start on opening day, following Dillon Overton in 2012 and 2013.

9th - In the Polls
Oklahoma enters 2014 ranked No. 28 in the NCBWA preseason poll. The Sooners also received 66 votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll, landing three spots outside of the Top 25. OU finished 2013 ranked No. 17 by the coaches.



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