|Oklahoma (24-14, 4-5) vs. West Virginia (17-15, 2-6)|
|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 Tuesday:|| RHP-Kindle Ladd (Sr., 3-2, 4.76)
RHP-Joseph Shaw (So., 2-2, 2.51)
NORMAN, Okla. – The Sooners look to end a five-game slide when they return home to face Dallas Baptist at 6:00 pm at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Tuesday night.
Oklahoma is in the midst of its longest losing streak since 2007 and has dropped 10 of its last 12. Junior catcher Mac James remains atop the squad with a .362 batting average to go with a team-leading 34 RBI. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley has scored a team-high 38 runs and slugged a team-high six home runs, while hitting .302. The Sooners are second in the Big 12 with 24 homers and a .411 slugging percentage and rank third with 265 runs scored. Six of eight regular starters own a batting average of .280 or better.
Promotions: “Tasty Tuesday” returns to the park for 50 cent hot dogs and soft drinks, while supplies last.
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 broadcast on FOX College Sports-Central with Chad McKee (p-b-p) and OU alum George Frazier (color) on the call.
2nd - Weekend Recap
Oklahoma scored first in every game of the series, but was swept after a 14-4 loss at No. 21 Texas Tech on Sunday. The Sooners lost the first two games of the weekend by scored of 9-5 and 14-4. A 10-run fifth inning spoiled what was a 2-0 lead on Saturday. Sophomore infielder Kolbey Carpenter went 5-for-9 during the series with five runs, two RBI and his second home run of the season. As a team, Oklahoma hit .337 on the weekend, but the Sooner pitching staff allowed the Red Raiders to hit at a .434 clip. Redshirt-junior RHP Robert Tasin was solid in two relief appearances totaling 3.2 innings with a 2.45 earned run average and five strikeouts.
3rd - Scouting the Patriots
Dallas Baptist is 28-15 overall and fourth in the Missouri Valley at 7-5 after a 1-2 weekend at Indiana State. First baseman Mike Wesolowski leads the team with a .308 batting average, 39 runs scored and 26 driven in. Center fielder Austin Listi has hit a team-leading six home runs and driven in 28 with a .273 batting average. Catcher Daniel Salters is hitting just .250, but has knocked in 38 runs with 14 doubles, five triples and home runs.
4th - All-Time vs. DBU
Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Dallas Baptist, 21-8. However, the Patriots have won each of the last six match-ups; all in the last three seasons. DBU upset OU in the first game of the 2011 NCAA Fort Worth Regional, 3-2, en route to a surprise appearance in the Santa Clara Super Regional against California. The last Sooner win was a 14-0 victory at home in 2010. Oklahoma won the first-ever match-up between the two teams, 13-3, in 1978.
5th - Last Time They Met
Dallas Baptist pulled off the season sweep with a 6-4 win over Oklahoma in Norman on May 14, 2013. The Patriots relied on a five-run third inning to propel their way to the victory. List drove in three runs and Boomer Collins added a home run. For the Sooners, who collected just five hits, Carpenter led the way with two RBI. Right-hander Kindle Ladd pitched six innings of one-run relief with six strikeouts.
6th - Putting the Ball in Play
The Sooners strike out at the lowest rate in the Big 12 at 4.78 per game; ahead of Kansas at 5.02. James has struck out just eight times and ranks 14th in the nation in “Toughest to Strikeout” at 20.4 at-bats per strikeout. Senior shortstop Hector Lorenzana ranks second on the team at 13.1.
7th - Up Next
The home portion of the schedule wraps up with a three-game Big 12 series against Baylor beginning Friday, May 2 at 6:00 pm.
8th - #YardWork
Oklahoma has hit 24 home runs in 45 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. Both home runs hit by Carpenter have come on the road. #YardWork is also the unofficial home run hashtag of the 2014 Sooners...or #Smashtag as some like to say...no one actually says that.
9th - Lineup on Shuffle
Oklahoma did not repeat a lineup until the 14th game of the season. The Sooners have used 31 different starting lineups. Center fielder Craig Aikin was the only player to start each of the first 27 games at the same position.