Baseball, Bedlam, Brave

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 31, 2014
 No. 29 Oklahoma (20-9, 4-2) vs. No. 20 Oklahoma State (19-9, 3-3)
 Location:  Norman, Okla. - L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)
 Tickets:  Tuesday
 Radio:  KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM / 98.5 FM
 Toby Rowland
 Chris Plank
TV:  FOX College Sports-Central
 Chad McKee
 Jay Payton
 Live Stats:
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)
 Pitching Match-Ups
 6:00 PM Tuesday:  RHP-Robert Tasin (RJr., 2-1, 3.78)
 LHP-Tyler Nurdin (Jr., 1-2, 7.23)

NORMAN, Okla. – Bedlam comes to Norman for the first time since 2011 as the No. 30 Oklahoma baseball team hosts Oklahoma State, Tuesday at 6:00 pm at L. Dale Mitchell Park

Oklahoma claimed its second Big 12 series in as many tries to improve to 4-2 in the league and 20-9 overall. Junior Mac James leads the way with a .402 batting average for a team that is hitting .295. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley, coming off a three-hit day on Sunday, is second on the team at .349. He leads the Sooners with 29 runs, 25 RBI and a .594 slugging percentage. Redshirt-junior RHP Robert Tasin is anticipated to make his second start of the season on Tuesday. He is 2-1 with a 3.78 earned run average to go with 13 strikeouts in 16.2 innings. Tasin made his first collegiate start last Tuesday at Oral Roberts.

The Sooners’ “Shave for the Brave” campaign continues this week in an effort to fundraise for the OU Children’s Medical Center and join the fight against childhood cancer. Oklahoma junior infielder Keach Ballard became the first Sooner to take the razor to his hair on Monday afternoon. At a Sooner Jr. assembly at Washington Elementary School in Norman, fifth grade teacher Mrs. Carol Fain held the honors of shedding Ballard’s locks in front of the entire school. OU baseball has totaled over $16,000 in donations, with a team-goal of $20,000. Currently, the Sooners rank second of 120 teams from across the country taking part in the fundraising project.

1st - On the Air
Veteran OU broadcasters Toby Rowland (play-by-play) and Chris Plank (sideline) will call the action on KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM and 98.5 FM. The game will be televised on FOX College Sports-Central with Chad McKee (p-b-p) and 10-year MLB veteran Jay Payton (color) on the call.

2nd - Road Series Win
Oklahoma won the first two games of a three-game set at Kansas over the weekend by identical scores of 2-1 before falling in the finale, 4-3. Redshirt-sophomore LHP Adam Choplick (3-1) lasted 5.2 innings and scattered four hits, yielding one run, while striking out six in the win on Saturday. Sophomore RHP Ralph Garza Jr. picked up his fifth save in relief of Choplick.

3rd - Scouting the Cowboys
Oklahoma State is 19-9 and 3-3 in the Big 12 after taking two games at home against TCU this weekend. Right fielder Zach Fish leads an OSU offense that is hitting .261 with a .333 average. He has belted five home runs and 20 RBI, while first baseman Tanner Krietemeier has a team-high six homers and 21 RBI, but hits just .209. Left-hander Tyler Nurdin (1-2) will make his sixth start of the season. He owns a 7.23 ERA and has 12 strikeouts in 18.2 innings of work. The Cowboys started the season 10-1 and are 9-8 since.

4th - 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.

5th - All-Time vs. OSU
Oklahoma holds a narrow edge over Oklahoma State in the all-time series, 137-130. The Sooners last hosted the Cowboys in Norman in 2011; an 8-3 win for the home team. In that game, left-hander Dillon Overton pitched 6.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Six Sooners recorded multi-hit games, including Garrett Buechele, who drove in four runs.

6th - Last Time They Met
No. 13 Oklahoma salvaged the series finale, 5-4, against No. 19 Oklahoma State in Oklahoma City on May 12, 2013. Garza claimed the win in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Kolbey Carpenter went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

7th - Playing ‘em Close
Oklahoma is 5-1 in one-run games this season. The Sooners lost their first one-run game of the year in a walk-off at Kansas on Sunday. Three of Oklahoma’s one-run wins have come in extra innings. In two-run games, OU is 3-3.

8th - Up Next
Oklahoma is in non-conference action this weekend with a home series against CSU Bakersfield. Game one is Friday at 6:00 pm.

9th - Return to the Bigs
Former Sooner Jason Bartlett made the Minnesota Twins out of spring training as a reserve infielder. The nine-year MLB veteran was out of baseball in 2013 and last played in the majors in 2012 for the San Diego Padres, but was limited due to a sprained right knee.



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