|No. 26 Oklahoma (23-10) vs. Oral Roberts (14-16)|
|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)|
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma baseball team remains at home for its fifth game in eight days as it hosts intrastate rival Oral Roberts at 6:00 pm, Tuesday night.
Oklahoma is 23-10 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12. The Sooner offense came to life over the weekend with a sweep of CSU Bakersfield after averaging just 1.25 runs per game in the previous six. Junior Mac James kept his average above .400 at .402 with 25 RBI and 23 runs. Freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse has driven in a team-high 27 runs and is batting .308. Sophomores Hunter Haley (.355) and Anthony Hermelyn (.302) are also batting above .300. The OU pitching staff has a cumulative 3.08 earned run average and .242 batting average against; both ranking third in the Big 12. Sophomore RHP Ralph Garza Jr. is tied for second in the league with seven saves. He also leads the Sooners in wins at 4-0 with a 0.71 ERA.
1st - On the Air
Veteran OU broadcaster Toby Rowland will call the action on KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM and 98.5 FM. Tuesday night’s game will be televised through Sooner Sports TV on FOX College Sports-Central with Chad McKee on play-by-play.
2nd - Weekend Sweep
Oklahoma defeated CSU Bakersfield, 4-2, on Friday night before a doubleheader sweep on Saturday by scores of 17-4 and 4-3. The Sooners trailed 4-0 after three innings in game two of the weekend and scored 17 unanswered, including 10 in the seventh inning to erase a one-run lead, en route to the win. Neuse fueled the OU offense with two three-run homers as he totaled eight RBI and went 3-for-6. Senior RHP Kindle Ladd (2-1) pitched 4.1-scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.
3rd - Scouting the Golden Eagles
Oral Roberts is 14-16 overall and 4-8 in the Southland Conference. The Golden Eagles took a 7-4 decision over Sam Houston State at home on Friday before dropping each of the next two to the Bearkats. Shortstop Jose Trevino leads an ORU lineup that lacks a .300 hitter at .283. He has knocked in 23 runs and scored 20 to go with five home runs. Right-hander Pepe Gomez holds a team-best 1.91 ERA and 3-3 record.
4th - Shave for the Brave
On Thursday, Oklahoma held its “Shave for the Brave” event to join the fight against childhood cancer. The Sooners, with a goal of $20,000, raised over $26,000 through the Vs. Cancer Foundation to raise money for cancer research. Half of the money donated will be dedicated to the OU Children’s Hospital. The event also served as an opportunity for the Sooners in their countdown to 19 Ways.
5th - Not-So-Newcomer
Neuse claimed his second Big 12 Newcomer of the Week award on April 7. He shared the honor with K-State’s Tanner DeVinny. Neuse hit .389 (7-for-18) with nine RBI, including two three-run home runs. He slugged .833, stole two bases and pitched one scoreless inning. Neuse’s eight RBI in game two of the weekend marked the most RBI in a game for a Sooner since Chris Ebright had nine vs. Oklahoma City (3/28/87).
6th - All-Time vs. ORU
Oklahoma leads the all-time series with Oral Roberts, 37-30 and had a streak of five straight wins in the series snapped last month. Prior to that, the Golden Eagles won four out of six contests. The Sooners won at the 2010 Norman Regional, 7-6, while ORU won at the 2011 Fort Worth Regional, 7-0.
7th - Last Time They Met
Gomez pitched a complete-game shutout in a 3-0 win for Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles scored one run in the second and two in the sixth as Gomez held Oklahoma to just five hits.
8th - In the Polls
Oklahoma entered 2014 ranked No. 28 in the NCBWA preseason poll. The Sooners also received 66 votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll, landing three spots outside of the Top 25. OU finished 2013 ranked No. 17 by the coaches. The Sooners are currently ranked No. 29 by NCBWA, No. 26 by Collegiate Baseball News and sit one spot out of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll Top-25.
9th - Backup Plan
The Sooner bullpen is 15-2 with a 2.30 ERA and has recorded 139 strikeouts in 144.2 innings. Oklahoma’s bullpen put up a string of 15 straight scoreless innings that was snapped in the eighth inning against Citadel (2/21). For the season, OU relievers have tossed 107 shutout innings in the 135 complete innings pitched.
Extras- Texas Comes to Town
The Red River Rivalry returns to Norman this weekend as Oklahoma’s hosts Texas. Game one is set for 6:00 pm Friday night. Saturday’s game is scheduled for 4:00 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm on ESPNU.