Baseball to Face UTA at Rangers Ballpark

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 10, 2014
 Oklahoma (11-5) at Texas-Arlington (4-10)

 Arlington, Texas | Ballpark at Arlington (48,114)

 Radio:  KREF Sports Talk 1400
 Toby Rowland
 Chris Plank
 TV/Video:  FSSW+/FCSC
 Brett Dolan
 Ross Hubbard
 Live Stats:
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)
 Pitching Match-Up
 Tuesday Night:  RHP-Connor Buchman (Jr., 0-0, 2.16)
 LHP-Chase Weaver (Sr., 1-0, 3.45)

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma travels down I-35 to the Ballpark at Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, for a 7:00 pm match-up with Texas-Arlington on Tuesday night.

The Sooners had a modest four-game winning streak snapped on Sunday afternoon and enter Tuesday’s contest at 11-5 overall. Junior Mac James, who has started at four different positions, is hitting a robust .517 with 16 runs scored and 16 driven in. He is slugging .776 with nine doubles and two home runs. Six of the nine Sooner starters are hitting .300 or better. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley is second on the team at .400, while leading the team with 20 runs scored and tied with James for the team lead in RBI. As a team, Oklahoma is hitting .306 and holding its opponents to a .256 average.

1st - On the Air
Veteran OU broadcasters Toby Rowland (play-by-play) and Chris Plank (sideline) will be on the call for KREF Sports Talk 1400. Tuesday’s game will also be the first of the season televised by Sooner Sports TV and will appear on FSSW+ and FCSC with Brett Dolan (p-b-p) and Ross Hubbard (color) on the call.

2nd - Weekend Recap
The Sooners swept a doubleheader with Rutgers at home on Friday; 16-11 and 7-5. Oklahoma matches its highest offensive output of the season in the opener, fueled by 19 hits. In the nightcap, the Sooners rallied from four down in the eighth with six runs for the comeback victory. James went 5-for-8 with four RBI on the night. Relievers Robert Tasin (2-0) and Kyle Hayes  (2-0) picked up the wins out of the bullpen. In the opener, freshman DH Niko Buentello and Haley each drove in three runs. Buentello blasted his second career home run, a shot over the batter’s eye in center field, which at its base is 411’ away.

3rd - Scouting the Mavs
UTA is 4-10 on the season after a 1-2 weekend in the Hilton Invitational, which it hosted at Clay Gould Ballpark. Infielder Peter Cuomo is batting a team-high .359 with seven RBI. Catcher Greg McCall leads the team with 13 RBI and three home runs. The Mavericks pitching staff owns a 4.09 earned run average. Out of the bullpen, lefty Chase Weaver has tossed 15.2 innings in six relief appearances to a 3.45 ERA.

James was named the Big 12 Player of the Week after hitting .684 (13-for-19) in five games last week. He owned a 1.000 slugging percentage and .714 on-base percentage. James is riding an eight-game hitting streak and finished the weekend with a 4-for-4 day, his second of the season, to go with his second home run of the season.

5th - Double Switch
Senior Hector Lorenzana had started all 75 of his career games at second base before last week. He has started each of the last five at shortstop, while junior Keach Ballard has taken over second. However, in double play situations with a runner on first and less than two outs, the two middle infielders have been trading positions.

6th - Vs. the Top-50
In games against the RPI Top-50, Oklahoma is 4-3 on the season. The Sooners took two-out-of-three from both Seton Hall (31) and Rutgers (46), while falling to Ohio State (9) at a neutral site.

7th - Up Next
Oklahoma resumes its homestand with a three-game series against Belmont beginning Friday night at 6:00 pm.

8th - Addition to the Schedule
The Sooners have added a home game against UTA on Tuesday, April 22 to replace the lost game in Surprise, Ariz. that was rained out. The game time is still to be determined.

9th - Lineup on Shuffle
Oklahoma did not repeat a lineup until the 14th game of the season. The Sooners have used 13 different starting lineups. Sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin is the only player to start all 16 games at the same position. Redshirt-junior Taylor Alspaugh has started in right field in 15 of 16 games.

Extras - TWI(OU)B History
The Sooners split a two-game series at No. 7 Arizona State on March 10 and 11, 1998. Oklahoma lost the opener, 7-6 and won the finale, 9-5. Casey Bookout homered in the win, while Geoff Geary improved to 6-0 on the season.



Sooner Sports Properties, LLC, is the multimedia rights holder for athletics at the University of Oklahoma.
Sooner Sports Properties is a joint venture of Learfield Communications and Tyler Media, LLC.


Sooner Sports Powered by FOX Sports is a multi-platform network that provides distribution of 1,000+ hours of Sooner sports programming annually on a variety of FOX Sports outlets, including FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Southwest, and FOX College Sports.