|Oklahoma (7-4) vs. Abilene Christian (6-2)|
Norman, Okla. | L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)
|Radio:|| KREF Sports Talk 1400
|Game Info:|| Game Notes (PDF)
NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma baseball returns home for a five-game homestand this week beginning with a pair of midweek contests against Abilene Christian on Wednesday at 3:00 pm and Thursday at 3:00 pm.
Coming off a 2-1 weekend in Surprise, Ariz., Oklahoma is 7-4 on the season. Junior Mac James, who has started at three different positions, leads the Sooners with a .436 batting average, while scoring and driving in 10 runs. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley has scored a team-high 14 runs and batted .389. He shares the team-lead in RBI with freshman infielder Sheldon Neuse at 12. On the mound, the OU pitching staff owns a collective 2.88 earned run average and 3.44 strikeout-to-walk-ratio.
Oklahoma remains at home for a three-game set with Rutgers over the weekend that kicks off at 6:00 pm on Friday.
- OU Mardi Gras bears for first 1,000 fans.
- King Cupcakes for first 200 fans.
- Find the baby and win a signed baseball and throw out ceremonial first pitch.
- $4 admission for those who have a ticket to the OU men's basketball game vs. West Virginia at 8:00 pm.
- Baseball BINGO for first 500 fans.
- First five BINGOs win an autographer baseball.
- 50 cent hot dogs.
1st - On the Air
Each game will be broadcast on KREF Sports Talk 1400 and will be streamed with video on SoonerSports.tv.
2nd - Scouting the Wildcats
Abilene Christian is 6-2 and led by senior infielder Seth Spivey with a .600 batting average, 12 runs, seven RBI and six extra-base hits. Freshman infielder Aaron Draper is batting .314 with a team-high 10 RBI. As a team, the Wildcats carry a .323 batting average and have stolen 16 bases in eight games. Senior left-hander Brady Rodriguez leads the ACU bullpen with four appearances and eight innings of work for a 3.38 ERA to go with eight strikeouts.
3rd - ASU Tournament
The Sooners played just three of four scheduled games at the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz. over the weekend. Oklahoma came away with a 2-1 record and was rained out on Saturday against Arizona State at Surprise Stadium. Haley saw action in only the first two games, wins over Manhattan and Santa Clara, but hit .571 (4-for-7) with four runs scored and two stolen bases. Sophomore RHP Corey Copping improved to 2-0 after tossing six scoreless innings in the win over the Jaspers, a 9-0 shutout, on Thursday. Redshirt-sophomore LHP Adam Choplick also picked up his second win as he defeated the Broncos, 8-4, in a 6.2-inning, six-strikeout effort.
4th - Crooked Numbers
Through the first eight games, Oklahoma has put up two or more runs in an inning 24 times and three or more 15 times. In game one against Arkansas Pine Bluff, the Sooners set a season-high with seven runs in the first inning.
5th - Backup Plan
The Sooner bullpen is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and has recorded 50 strikeouts in 40.1 innings to just 15 walks. Oklahoma’s bullpen put up a string of 15 straight scoreless innings that was snapped in the eighth inning against The Citadel (2/21). For the season, OU relievers have tossed 30 shutout innings in the 38 complete innings pitched.
6th - Lords of the Flies
Through 11 games, Oklahoma leads the country in sacrifice flies with 12. The Sooners are tied for first in the nation with The Citadel. Sophomore Kolbey Carpenter is the team-leader at three, which is tied for the third most on the young season.
7th - Lineup on Shuffle
In the first 11 games of the season, Oklahoma has yet to repeat a lineup; using 11 different starting lineups. Senior second baseman Hector Lorenzana and sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin have started all 11 games at their respective positions. Three different players have made a start at a corner infield position.
8th - Taking First Hacks
The Sooners are outscoring opponents 19-2 in the first inning. Only twice, has OU allowed a first-inning run. Santa Clara became the second team to do so on Friday. When scoring in the first inning, Oklahoma is 4-1 and is just 4-3 when scoring first.
9th - More Runs=More Wins
In each of Oklahoma’s eight wins, the Sooners have scored at least eight runs. They are 7-0 when scoring eight or more, including a season-high 16 against UAPB (2/18). When scoring five runs or less, OU is 0-4.
Extras - TWI(OU)B History
Early on its road to Omaha for a fifth straight season in 1976, Oklahoma went 4-0 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Sooners picked ups two wins over UNLV; 8-6, 4-0 and two over BYU; 4-2, 8-3. Oklahoma went on to win a program-record 62 games that season under head coach Enos Semore.