|Oklahoma (25-16) vs. Texas Arlington (17-23|
|Location:||Norman, Okla. - L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)|
|Radio:|| KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM / 98.5 FM
|TV:|| FOX College Sports-Central
|Game Info:||Game Notes (PDF)|
|6:00 PM Thursday:|| RHP-Robert Tasin (RJr., 3-3, 4.08)
RHP-Jess Amedee (Jr., 1-4, 6.75)
NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma baseball team ends a string of 12 home games over its last 13 with a non-conference tilt against Texas-Arlington at L. Dale Mitchell Park at 6:00 pm on Tuesday night. Admission to the game is free.
Oklahoma improved to 25-16 overall and 5-7 in the Big 12. The Sooners have three hitters above .300 in the lineup, led by junior Mac James at .374 with 32 RBI and 27 runs. Freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse is second at .307 with a team-high 26 extra-base hits to go with 32 runs and 31 RBI. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley is hitting .306 and snapped a 0-for-18 stretch with his team-leading sixth home run on Saturday. He has scored a team-high 37 runs and driven in 27.
1st - On the Air
Veteran OU broadcasters Toby Rowland (play-by-play) and Chris Plank (sideline) will call Tuesday’s game on KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM and 98.5 FM. Sooner Sports TV will broadcast the game on FOX College Sports-Central. Chad McKee (p-b-p) and Jay Payton (color) will work the broadcast.
2nd - Weekend Recap
The Sooners dropped a home series to West Virginia over the weekend. After being shut out in the opener, Oklahoma responded with a 5-3 win on Friday. James hit a game-winning two-run home run in the eighth. On Saturday, James and Haley hit back-to-back home run in the first and the Sooners held an early 4-0 lead, but couldn’t hold on as the Mountaineers scored nine straight in a 9-5 win.
3rd - Scouting the Mavericks
UTA is 17-23 overall and 9-9 in the Sun Belt Conference as well as an even 12-12 since the last time these two teams mets on March 11. The Mavs salvaged their home series against No. 1/2 Louisiana-Lafayatte with a 5-4 win on Sunday. First baseman/left fielder Ryan Bottger and third baseman Eric Tate lead the squad with identical .364 batting averages, while DH Matt Shortall is hitting at a .358 clip. Shortall leads UTA with 35 RBI and six home runs. The Mavs’ pitching staff owns a 4.59 ERA and is led by right-handed reliever Chad Nack at 1.66 in 21.2 innings of work.
4th - All-Time vs. UTA
Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 21-10. The longest winning streak in the series for the Sooners was 10 straight wins between1989 and 2001. After that, the Mavericks won each of the next six games through 2004.
5th - Last Time They Met
Redshirt-junior right fielder Taylor Alspaugh belted the first pitch of the 10th inning over the wall in right to lead the way for a 3-2, extra-inning win for the Sooners. UTA forced extra innings with a run in the ninth when Darien McLemore lined a double into right-center to tie the game. Junior right-hander Connor Buchmann pitched three-scoreless innings for Oklahoma, but walked five.
6th - Back-To-Back Jacks
On Saturday, James and Haley hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first to give OU and early 3-0 lead. It marked the second set of back-to-back home runs for the Sooners on the season. Neuse and Anthony Hermelyn previously did so against Seton Hall (2/15/14).
7th - #YardWork
Oklahoma has hit 23 home runs in 41 games, including 19 in the friendly confines of L. Dale Mitchell Park. Haley has hit a team-high six, while James and Neuse have added five and four, respectively. Each home run hit this season by Haley and Neuse have come in home games.
8th - Lineup on Shuffle
Oklahoma did not repeat a lineup until the 14th game of the season. The Sooners have used 28 different starting lineups. Center fielder Craig Aikin was the only player to start each of the first 27 games at the same position.
9th - Out of the Bullpen
Sophomore right-hander Ralph Garza Jr. has made the trip from the bullpen to the mound a familiar one. He is fourth in the nation in appearances at 25 this season. Garza has locked down seven saves, which ranks 50th, and leads the team in wins with a 5-1 record.
Extras – Record Time
Following a program-record 18-inning game at Oklahoma State, last Tuesday night, Oklahoma whipped through game one of the West Virginia series in two hours and six minutes, matching the season-low set against Manhattan on February 27 in Surprise, Ariz.