Last Chance to See Baseball at Home

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 01, 2014
 Oklahoma (25-21, 5-10) vs. Baylor (20-26, 5-12)
 Location:  Norman, Okla. - L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)
 Tickets:  Friday | Saturday | Sunday
 Radio:  KEBC 1560 AM/
 Toby Rowland | Chris Plank
TV:  FSOK+/FCSC (Friday)
 FSOK/FCSC (Saturday)
 FSSW+/FCSC (Sunday)
 Chad McKee | Jay Payton |  Jessica Coody (Fri. & Sun.)
 Live Stats:
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)

 Pitching Match-Ups
 6:00 PM Friday:  LHP-Adam Choplick (RSo., 3-3, 4.95)
 RHP-Dillon Newman (Sr., 3-3, 3.72)
 2:00 PM Saturday:  LHP-Jacob Evans (So., 3-3, 4.75)
 LHP-Daniel Castano (Fr., 5-2, 2.35)
 1:00 PM Sunday:  TBA
 RHP-Drew Tolson (RFr., 2-5, 4.78)

NORMAN, Okla. – The Sooners look to end a six-game slide as they ready for a three-game home series with Baylor this weekend. Game one of the series starts at 6:00 pm at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Friday night.

Oklahoma is in the midst of its longest losing streak since 2007 and has dropped 11 of its last 13. Junior catcher Mac James remains atop the squad with a .359 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 .301. The Sooners are second in the Big 12 with 24 homers and a .405 slugging percentage and rank third with 266 runs scored. Six of eight regular starters own a batting average of .280 or better.

Promotions: Friday’s series opener is “Student Appreciation Nights”. The first 250 students in attendance receive an OU baseball tank top. On Saturday, a special edition 1994 College World Series Championship hat will be given away to the first 500 fans. Sunday will be “Senior Day” as the Sooners will honor Kyle Hayes, Drew Krittenbrink, Kindle Ladd, Hector Lorenzana and Dylan Neal.

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 games will be broadcast by Sooner Sports TV with Chad McKee (p-b-p) and former major leaguer Jay Payton (color) on the call.

2nd - OU-DBU Recap

The Sooners totaled just three hits in a 9-1 loss to Dallas Baptist at home on Tuesday night. Sophomore LHP Jeffrey Curran offered one of the few highlights of the game for Oklahoma as he pitched three perfect innings of middle relief.

3rd - Scouting the Bears

Baylor is 20-26 overall and eighth in the Big 12 at 5-12 after being swept by Kansas over the weekend. The Bears, who snapped a five-game slide with an 8-4 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, are hitting just .227 as a team. Right fielder Adam Toth leads the way with a .287 average and 26 runs scored. Saturday starter, LHP Daniel Castano (5-2) sports 2.35 ERA, while RHP Dillon Newman (3-3) and RHP Drew Tolson (2-5) round out the rotation.

4th - All-Time vs. Baylor

Oklahoma leads the all-time series against Baylor, 36-31. However, Baylor leads the series in the Big 12 era, 22-21. OU completed a five-game sweep of Baylor in 2012, beating the Bears twice in the Big 12 Tournament to advance to the championship game.

5th - Last Time They Met

Baylor took the regular season series in 2013 winning by winning the Friday and Sunday games in Waco. The Sooners has the last word however when they faced Baylor in their first game of the Big 12 Tournament. OU downed the Bears 2-0 behind a dominant performance from Jonathan Gray. Gray threw a complete game, three-hit shutout to help Oklahoma advance. OU got RBI knocks from Jack Mayfield and Hector Lorenzana in game dominated by pitching.

6th - #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.

7th - MLB Transactions

Former Sooner Jason Bartlett retired on April 18 after a three-game stint with the Minnesota Twins marked his 10th season in Major League Baseball. Bartlett was out of baseball in 2013 and last played in the majors in 2012 for the San Diego Padres, before making the Twins out of spring training. Greg Dobbs was designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins on April 29. He was just 1-for-13 in 15 games played this season. Right-hander Daniel McCutchen was recalled by the Texas Rangers on April 7, but was designated for assignment on April 14.

8th - Mac of All Trades

Against Abilene Christian (3/5), James made his first career start at first base. He has now started at four different positions this season; including catcher, left field and designated hitter. James made his debut at third base late in the game against Texas (4/13).

9th - Up Next

The Sooners are off during the midweek for finals before their last road series of the season at TCU, May 9-11.

Extras - Turn the Calendar

Oklahoma looks towards May, hoping to leave behind an April in which it went just 5-12. The Sooner pitching staff owned a 5.70 collective ERA over that stretch and the offense averaged just 4.58 runs per game, down from its previous 6.48. However, during April Alspaugh came out of a slump that had his average down to .266 with a .333 (14-for-42) month. Oklahoma was hurt most by the long-ball in April; allowing 18 of the 22 its given up all season.



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