Baseball Returns Home to Face WVU

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 16, 2014
 Oklahoma (24-14, 4-5) vs. West Virginia (17-15, 2-6)
 Location:  Norman, Okla. - L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)
 Tickets:  Thursday | Friday | Saturday
 Radio:  KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM / 98.5 FM
 Toby Rowland
 Chris Plank
TV:  FOX College Sports-Central (Thur./Fri.)
 FOX Sports Oklahoma/FCSC (Sat.)
 Chad McKee (Thur./Sat.), Bruce Haertl (Fri.)
 Jay Payton, Jessica Coody (Thur./Sat.)
 Live Stats:
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)
 Pitching Match-Ups
 6:00 PM Thursday:  RHP-Corey Copping (So., 2-0, 3.00)
 LHP-John Means (Jr., 4-1, 1.72)
 6:00 PM Friday:  LHP-Adam Choplick (RSo., 3-2, 4.27)
 LHP-Harrison Musgrave (RJr., 3-2, 1.73)
 12:00 PM Saturday:  LHP-Jacob Evans (So., 3-2, 3.73)
 RHP-Sean Carley (RJr., 5-1, 2.73)

NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma baseball team snapped a four-game slide on Tuesday night and now returns home for a three-game Big 12 set against West Virginia. The series gets underway Thursday night at 6:00 pm.

Oklahoma improved to 24-14 overall with a wild 12-9 victory at Oklahoma State in 18 innings on Tuesday night. The Sooners have three hitters above .300 in the lineup, led by junior Mac James at .372 with 27 RBI and 25 runs. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley is second at .315 with a team-high 36 runs and 26 RBI, while freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse rounds out the group with a .306 average and 30 runs and a team-leading 31 RBI. Each hold a slugging percentage of .500 or better.

Promotions: Come out to L. Dale Mitchell Park on Thursday night for your second shot at winning “Baseball BINGO” this season. Friday will double as “Student Appreciation Night” and “70s Night” with retro sunglasses given out to the first 250 student, Friday night fireworks and the weekly toss under the lights. Saturday is “Military Appreciation Night” with an Easter egg hunt and autographs from the Sooners’ junior class.

1st - On the Air
Veteran OU broadcasters Toby Rowland (play-by-play) and Chris Plank (sideline) will call the games on KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM and 98.5 FM. Sooner Sports TV will broadcast each game on FOX College Sports-Central as well as FOX Sports Oklahoma on Saturday. Chad McKee (p-b-p) will work the first two games, while Bruce Haertl will fill in on Saturday. Jay Payton (color) and Jessica Coody (sideline) will also work the broadcasts.

2nd - Bedlam Personified
Ten minutes past minute, Kolbey Carpenter ripped a double to left that scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 18th as Oklahoma pulled away for a 12-9 win over No. 13 Oklahoma State on the road Tuesday night. The win was the longest game in OU history and first in Stillwater since 1992. RHP Kindle Ladd (3-1) pitched brilliantly in relief; scattering two hits and two walks, while striking out four over six innings of shutout relief. In the 18th, Austin O’Brien drew a one-out walk to start the rally and scored the game-winning run. Hector Lorenzana and Craig Aikin added RBI singles to push the score to 12-9. Neuse moved to the mound for the bottom of the 18th and worked around a walk to record the first save of his career. In what felt like a different game, the Sooners jumped out to an early lead on a first-inning grand slam by O’Brien. After the Cowboys hit two homers in the first, Oklahoma answered with four more runs in the second. OU led 9-4 after a Carpenter homer in the seventh.

3rd - Scouting the Mountaineers
West Virginia is 17-15 overall and 2-6 in the Big 12. As a team, the Mountaineers are only batting .274, but three players are hitting above .340. Center fielder Bobby Boyd .353) leads the way with 31 runs and 14 stolen bases. First baseman Ryan McBroom (.352) has slugged six homers and notched 36 RBI, while second baseman Billy Fleming (.349) owns a team-high .420 on-base percentage. Defending conference Pitcher of the Year, left-hander Harrison Musgrave (3-2) holds a 1.73 earned run average and has 56 strikeouts in 62.1 innings of work. Musgrave will start on Friday, while LHP John Means (4-1) and RHP Sean Carley (5-1) will start on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

4th - Putting the Ball in Play
The Sooners strike out at the lowest rate in the Big 12 at 4.68 per game; taking over the lead from Kansas at 4.81. Mac James has struck out just five times and ranks fifth in the nation in “Toughest to Strikeout” at 32.5 at-bats per strikeout.

5th - All-Time vs. WVU
Oklahoma faced West Virginia for the first time in 2012 at the NIKE Invitational in Eugene, Ore. and registered a 5-2 victory. In 2013, the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 conference and claimed a home series over the Sooners to tie the all-time series, 2-2.

6th - Last Time They Met
Jonathan Gray and Musgrave went toe-to-toe in the opener and the Sooners came out on top in the 10th, 4-3. Aikin drove in the go-ahead run for Oklahoma in the 10th. The Mountaineers earned the series win by scores of 9-3 and 9-6 over the next two days. Aikin finished the series 5-for-11 at the plate. In the finale, Jack Mayfield went 5-for-5 with three RBI, one run and a double.

7th - Up Next
Oklahoma added a home game against UT-Arlington on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:00 pm. The game was added to the schedule to replace a rained out game against Arizona State on March 1.

8th - Pack The Dale
Oklahoma set a series record in attendance vs. Texas (4/11-13) with a three-game total of 7,269. The previous high was 6,689 against Texas in 2004. On April 12, the Sooners hosted the second largest crowd in program history with 4,102 in attendance. Oklahoma has had four-figure attendance figures in 11 home games and are averaging 1,122 per game.

9th - Backup Plan
The Sooner bullpen is 16-3 with a 2.42 ERA and has recorded 168 strikeouts in 182.1 innings. Oklahoma’s bullpen pitched a season-best 24 shutout innings (4/1-11). For the season, OU relievers have tossed 134 shutout innings in the 171 complete innings pitched.

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