OU-OSU Rematch in Big 12 Opener

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2014
 Oklahoma (28-27, 8-16) vs. No. 7 Oklahoma State (41-14, 18-6)
 Location:  Oklahoma City - Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (9,000)
 Tickets:  Single Session
 Radio:  KREF 1400 AM/98.5 FM
 Toby Rowland | Chris Plank
TV:  FOX College Sports-Central
 Chad McKee | Jay Payton
 Live Stats:  Big12Sports.com
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)
 Big 12 Info:  Championship Central | Bracket

 Pitching Match-Ups
 4:00 PM Wednesday:  RHP-Jake Elliott (Fr., 2-3, 3.25)
 LHP-Tyler Nurdin (So., 4-3, 6.26)
 12:30 of 7:30 PM Thursday:
 Opponent TBD


OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma baseball begins its defense of the Big 12 Tournament Championship on Wednesday afternoon when it faces top-seeded Oklahoma State for the sixth time this season and fourth in seven days at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma finished the regular season at 28-27 overall and 8-16 in the Big 12 to finish eighth in the league. Junior Mac James is the club’s top hitter at .348 with 39 RBI. Freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse is batting .290 and leads the power-hitting categories at seven home runs and 40 RBI. Eight out of 10 regular starters are hitting .280 or better, including sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin (.305) and sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley (.293). Aikin is currently riding a nine-game hit streak, while Haley leads OU with 43 runs scored to go with six home runs and 12 stolen bases. Freshman RHP Jake Elliott (2-3) returned to the rotation at TCU after missing a month due to a back injury. He owns a 3.25 ERA and .222 opponent batting average.

1st - On the Air

Veteran OU broadcasters Toby Rowland (play-by-play) and Chris Plank (sideline) will handle the call on KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM and 98.5 FM. Each game will be broadcast on FOX College Sports-Central with Chad McKee (pbp) and former Major Leaguer Jay Payton (color) working the tournament.

2nd - Bedlam Recap

The pitching arrived in a big way for Oklahoma over the weekend, but yielded just one win against No. 6 Oklahoma State. The Sooners dropped narrow decisions, 4-2 and 2-1, in the first two games before salvaging an 8-1 win on Saturday night in Tulsa. OU put up four runs in the first inning in support of senior RHP Kindle Ladd, who pitched five innings of four-hit, one-run ball. Neuse added his team-leading seventh home run of the season. Sophomore left-hander Jeffrey Curran picked up a rare four-inning save, while striking out four and allowing just one hit.

3rd - Scouting the Cowboys

Oklahoma State had its 12-game win streak snapped on Saturday night, but did claim the Big 12 regular season title on Friday. Overall, the Cowboys are 41-14 with an 18-6 Big 12 record and are ranked as high as No. 7 in the Collegiate Baseball News Top-30. Catcher/left fielder Gage Green leads OSU with a .330 batting average and 18 stolen bases. Designated hitter Zach Fish has slugged a team-high 10 home runs and driven in 38 runs to go with a .321 batting average. Left-hander Tyler Nurdin (4-3) was passed over for a start this weekend. He will toe the rubber for the Cowboys on Wednesday. Nurdin holds a 6.26 ERA over 46 innings of work.

4th - 2014 Bedlam Series

The Cowboys took three of the five regular season match-ups with the Sooners, including two of three in Big 12 play. Oklahom’s wins came on the road on April 15 and at Tulsa’s ONEOK Field on May 17. Ladd is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings against OSU. At the plate, sophomore infielder Kolbey Carpenter is hitting .412 (7-for-17) against the Cowboys this season and .440 (11-for-25) in his career.

5th - Defending Big 12 Champs

The Sooners claimed their second Big 12 Tournament title and first since 1997 a year ago. Oklahoma outscored opponents, 24-8, including a 7-2 win over Kansas in the final. Jonathan Gray was named Most Outstanding Player after a dominating, complete game win over Baylor in the opener. Anthony Hermelyn and Hector Lorenzana each return after All-Tournament performances in 2013.

6th - Vs. OSU in the Tournament

OU last played Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Tournament May 23, 2012. Garrett Carey broke a scoreless-tie in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off solo home run. The lead-off blast was the first home run of the season for Carey and snapped a streak of 16-scoreless innings for OSU starter Andrew Heaney. OU starter Dillon Overton threw 7.1-scoreless innings and struck out eight before Steven Okert came on in relief to pick up the win after 1.2-scoreless innings. The Sooners are 14-21 vs. the Cowboys in the post season and 8-0 in the Big 12 Tournament.

7th - Starting From the Bottom

Twice, Oklahoma has been seeded eighth in the Big 12 Championship. The Sooners went 1-2 in 1999 and 2-1 in 2008, winning their opening game each time. Oklahoma knocked off top-seeded Texas A&M, 4-1, behind a complete game, 12-strikeout effort from Andrew Doyle in 2008. Both of the Sooners’ tournament titles have come while seeded fourth.

8th - Record on Repeat

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will take the field together for the sixth time this season. The two teams last met that many times back in 1996, doing so five times since 1991. Overall, the Sooners and Cowboys have played six games in a season eight times and seven games on four occasions. In 1976, the two teams met up for a record nine games and OU swept the series.

9th - Back Nine

The Sooners came down the final stretch of the regular season with a 3-6 record, winning one game in each of its series. In the last nine, Aikin owns a nine-game hit streak with a .450 (18-for-40) average and 1.051 OPS. The OU bullpen holds a collective 2.23 ERA in that stretch and Neuse has smacked three home runs with a .605 slugging percentage and seven RBI. Lorenzana, who hit .303 in league play, is batting .333 with a home run and five RBI in the last nine games.

Extras - Double Trouble

Neuse ranks second in doubles hit by a freshman with 17. Fellow freshman Niko Buentello has clubbed nine doubles, giving the due 26. It is the highest total by two freshmen in one season since 2005 when Kody Kaiser and Jackson Williams combined to hit 27.



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