Oklahoma Visits No. 10 TCU

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 08, 2014
 Oklahoma (26-23, 6-12) vs. No. 10 TCU (34-13, 13-5)
 Location:  Ft. Worth, Texas - Lupton Stadium (4,500)
 Radio:  KREF 1400 AM/98.5 FM
 Toby Rowland | Ross Hubbard
TV:  FSSW (Friday)
 FSN (Saturday)
 FSSW+ (Sunday)
 Live Stats:  Friday | Saturday | Sunday
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)

 Pitching Match-Ups
 6:30 PM Friday:  LHP-Jacob Evans (So., 3-3, 5.63)
 LHP-Brandon Finnegan (Jr., 7-2, 1.50)
 3:30 PM Saturday:  RHP-Alec Hansen (Fr., 0-1, 5.79)
 RHP-Preston Morrison (Jr., 7-3, 1.27)
 1:00 PM Sunday:  LHP-Adam Choplick (RSo., 3-3, 4.76)
 RHP-Tyler Alexander (Fr., 6-3, 2.37)

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma enters the final stretch of the regular season with a three-game Big 12 series at TCU. Game one on Friday night is set for 6:30 pm.

Oklahoma enters at 26-23 overall and 6-12 in the Big 12. Sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin is swinging a hot bat of late. He went 8-for-13 with three runs, three RBI and three extra-base hits in the Baylor series to lift his average to .296. Junior Mac James leads the team with a .356 batting average and 38 RBI, while sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley is hitting .310 with 40 runs. Six regular starters are batting .290 or better. Since moving to the bullpen, sophomore RHP Corey Copping is holding opponents to a .154 average over eight innings with a 1.12 earned run average and seven strikeouts.

1st - On the Air

Veteran OU broadcaster Toby Rowland (play-by-play) will be joined by OU alum Ross Hubbard (color) to call the action on KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM and 98.5 FM. The games will be broadcast on the FOX Sports Network throughout the weekend.

2nd - Weekend Recap

The Sooners snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 13-7 win over Baylor on Satuday afternoon. Oklahoma used an eight-run fourth innings to erase an early deficit. Redshirt-junior RHP Robert Tasin (4-4) earned the win in five stellar innings of relief; overcoming an early two-run home run. Aikin and fellow sophomore Anthony Hermelyn each recorded the first four-hit game of their career. The Sooners dropped to opener, 3-2, and fell in the finale, 10-5.

3rd - Scouting the Horned Frogs

No. 10 TCU is 34-13 overall, 13-5 in the Big 12 and winners of 12 in a row, including conference sweeps over Texas and Kansas State. Left fielder Boomer White leads the Horned Frogs with a .364 average to go with 41 runs and 33 RBI. Second baseman Garrett Crain is a close second at .356. LHP Brandon Finnegan (7-2) is expected to throw on Friday night. He has struck out 96 in 72 innings and owns a 1.50 ERA and .191 batting average against. RHP Preston Morrison (7-3) and Tyler Alexander (6-3) fill out the rotation on Saturday and Sunday. Morrison holds a 1.27 ERA, while Alexander’s is at 2.37.

4th - All-Time vs. TCU

Oklahoma leads the all-time series with TCU, 53-21 after a win back in March and sweeping a three-game home series in 2013; the Horned Frogs’ first year in the Big 12. Since 2008, the Sooners have won 10 out of 12 with TCU’s lone wins in that stretch coming in a 2012 home-and-home sweep. The two teams traded blows with one win apiece in the 2006 Norman Regional as Oklahoma advanced to the Houston Super Regional.

5th - Last Time They Met

The Sooners defeated the No. 24 Horned Frogs at home, 9-5, on March 18. Oklahoma overcame a season-high five errors as it outhit TCU, 12-10. LHP Jacob Evans earned the win in 1.1 innings of relief, but Tasin tossed four innings; entering with two outs, bases loaded and one run scored in the top of the first. Four Sooners collected multi-hit games, including Hector Lorenzana, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Derek Odell finished 3-for-4 for TCU.

6th - #YardWork

Oklahoma has hit 27 home runs in 49 games, including 22 in the friendly confines of L. Dale Mitchell Park. Haley has hit a team-high six, while James and Neuse have added five each. 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 - Getting The Call

Right-handed pitcher Chase Anderson received his Major League call-up from Double-A with the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 6.

8th - Triple Nation

Oklahoma ranks fifth in the country and first in the Big 12 with 21 triples. Three players are among the top 50 in the nation, including Neuse (2nd, 7), Haley (8th, 6) and Aikin (50th, 4).

9th - Up Next

The Sooners remain in North Texas for their final non-conference tilt of the season when they face Dallas Baptist on Tuesday, May 13 at 6:30 pm.

Extras - Dial it Up

Freshman RHP Alec Hansen has made just one start and eight total appearances, spanning 9.1 innings. However, he has the ability to touch triple digits on the radar gun and has his fastball consistently in the 95-97 range.



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