Sooners Head to ORU Tuesday night

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 24, 2014
 Oklahoma (18-7) at Oral Roberts (10-12)
 Location:  Tulsa, Okla. - J.L. Johnson Stadium (2,418)
 Radio:  KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM / 98.5 FM
 Toby Rowland
 Chris Plank
 Live Stats:
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)
 Pitching Match-Up
 6:30 PM Tuesday:  RHP-Robert Tasin (RJr., 2-0, 4.50)
 RHP-Pepe Gomez (Sr., 1-2, 2.45)

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma hits the road for just the second time in 15 games when it goes up the road to take on intrastate rival Oral Roberts on Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

Following the opening weekend of Big 12 play, Oklahoma is 18-7 overall and 2-1 in the league. Junior catcher Mac James continues to lead the Sooner hitters with a .432 batting average and .648 slugging percentage to go with 22 RBI. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley ranks second at .352 and .615, while leading the team with 27 runs and 24 RBI. Redshirt-junior RHP Robert Tasin is scheduled to make his first career start. He is 2-0 in seven relief appearances with 11 strikeouts and a 4.50 earned run average over 12 innings of work. The Sooners finished an eight-game homestand over the course of 10 days with a 6-2 record. Overall, Oklahoma is 14-4 at L. Dale Mitchell this season.

1st - On the Air
Veteran OU broadcasters Toby Rowland (play-by-play) and Chris Plank (sideline) will broadcast Tuesday’s game on KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM and 98.5 FM.

2nd - Weekend Recap
The Sooners claimed their first Big 12 series of the season with wins of 11-4 and 11-2 over Kansas State with the Wildcats claiming the finale; 5-0. Oklahoma used eight-run innings in each of the first to games to claim victory. Senior shortstop Hector Lorenzana hit .500 (6-for-12) in the series with three runs, three RBI and two doubles. Sophomore Anthony Hermelyn recorded three hits in game one and two in game two before having an 11-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday. Sophomore LHP Jacob Evans made two relief appearances and allowed just one run in seven innings.

3rd - Scouting the Golden Eagles
Oral Roberts is 10-12 overall and 2-4 in the Southland Conference. Designated hitter Matt Brandy owns the team’s highest batting average at .298 with 15 RBI and 13 runs. As a team, the Golden Eagles are hitting just .256 with a .332 on-base percentage. RHP Pepe Gomez is anticipated to start on Tuesday. He is 1-2 in six games and two starts with a 2.45 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. Gomez has held opponents to a .186 average.

4th - Third Straight Big 12 Award
Lorenzana became the third Sooner in as many weeks to earn a Big 12 weekly award as he was named the Co-Player of the Week along with West Virginia’s Billy Fleming. Lorenzana hit .474 (9-for-19) over a five-game week and scored five runs, while driving in three with three doubles for a .632 slugging percentage. Over the last nine games, Lorenzana’s batting average has risen from .203 to .275 as he is hitting .406 (13-for-32).

5th - All-Time vs. ORU
Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Oral Roberts, 37-29 and has won each of the last five matchups. Prior to that, the Golden Eagles won four out of six contests. The Sooners won at the 2010 Norman Regional, 7-6, while ORU won at the 2011 Fort Worth Regional, 7-0.

6th - Last Time They Met
Right-hander Ralph Garza Jr. pitched a complete game, three-hitter as Oklahoma won in Tulsa, 3-1, on March 26, 2013. He struck out a career-high 11 batters without issuing a walk. Max White went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

7th - Big 12 Openers
The Sooners are 8-9 in the first Big 12 match-up of the season after an 11-4 win over K-State (3/21/14). OU has won four of its last five conference openers. Oklahoma won its first Big 12 game in the league opener against Kansas on March 15, 1997.

8th - Get the Ladd a Win
Senior RHP Kindle Ladd pitched just 0.1 innings against Kansas State on Saturday, but was credited with the first win of his career. The win came in 49th appearance of his career. He is now 1-0 on the season and 1-2 in his career.

9th - Shave for the Brave
On April 3, Oklahoma will join the fight against childhood cancer by hold a “Shave for the Brave” event following practice. Shave for the Brave works in conjunction with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to raise money for cancer research. The event will also serve as an opportunity for the Sooners in their countdown to 19 Ways.

Extras - TWI(OU)B History
In the Sooners final season under head coach Enos Semore, Oklahoma defeated Oral Roberts, 18-11, at home on March 25, 1989. The Sooners totaled six home runs as Mark Cole, Matt Burke, Paul Oster and Chris Ebright went deep once and John Douglas went yard twice.



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