Sooners Visit Stillwater on Tuesday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 14, 2014
 Oklahoma (23-14, 4-5) vs. No. 16 Oklahoma State (26-10, 8-4)
 Location:  Stillwater, Okla. - Allie P. Reynolds Park (3,821)
 Radio:  KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM / 98.5 FM
 Toby Rowland
 Chris Plank
 TV:  Cowboy Sports Network
 Live Stats:
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)
 Pitching Match-Ups
 6:30 PM Tuesday:  RHP-Robert Tasin (RJr., 3-3, 3.82)
 LHP-Garrett Williams (Fr., 3-0, 2.79)

NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma baseball team seeks to snap a four-game slide when it heads to Oklahoma State for a non-conference match-up at 6:30 pm Tuesday evening.

Oklahoma fell to 23-14 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12 after a weekend sweep to Texas at home. The Sooners have three hitters above .300 in the lineup, led by junior Mac James at .377 with 26 RBI and 24 runs. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley is second at .333 with a team-high 36 runs and 26 RBI, while freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse rounds out the with a .309 average and 29 runs and a team-leading 29 RBI. Each hold a slugging percentage of .500 or better. In the month of April, redshirt-junior RHP Robert Tasin has tossed a team-high 14 innings in two starts and two relief appearances with 13 strikeouts. For the season, he is 3-3 with a 3.82 earned run average.

1st - On the Air
Veteran OU broadcasters Toby Rowland (play-by-play) and Chris Plank (sideline) will call the game on KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM and 98.5 FM.

2nd - Weekend Recap
No. 26 Oklahoma was swept by No. 7 Texas at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners fell behind, 6-0, in game one before scoring eight straight runs to grab an 8-6 lead. The Longhorns came back for two in the seventh and went on to win in the 10th with a pair of runs, including a C.J. Hinojosa lead-off home run. Senior RHP Kindle Ladd pitched five shutout innings out of the bullpen before yielding a pair of runs in the seventh. Oklahoma lost each of the next two games by scores of 7-2 and 8-1. Game three featured a two-hour rain delay.

3rd - All-Time vs. OSU
Oklahoma holds a narrow edge over Oklahoma State in the all-time series, 137-131. The Cowboys have won seven of the last 10 match-ups in the series. The last time the Sooners won back-to-back games over OSU was in 2010-11.

4th - Last Time They Met
The Sooners matched a season-low for hits with three against Oklahoma State on Tuesday night. Redshirt-junior Tasin took the loss in a 4.1-inning start. He surrendered two solo home runs in the second, but struck out a career-high seven batters. Oklahoma set a then-season-high with 1,941 in attendance in the first Bedlam game in Norman since 2011.

5th - Pack The Dale
Oklahoma set a series record in attendance vs. Texas (4/11-13) with a three-game total of 7,269. The previous high was 6,689 against Texas in 2004. On April 12, the Sooners hosted the second largest crowd in program history with 4,102 in attendance. Oklahoma has had four-figure attendance figures in 11 home games and are averaging 1,122 per game.

6th - Return to the Bigs
Former Sooner Jason Bartlett made the Minnesota Twins out of spring training as a reserve infielder. The nine-year MLB veteran was out of baseball in 2013 and last played in the majors in 2012 for the San Diego Padres, but was limited due to a sprained right knee. Bartlett was one of three former Sooners starting 2014 in MLB along with Greg Dobbs (MIA) and Garrett Richards (LAA). Right-hander Daniel McCutchen was recalled by the Texas Rangers on April 7 after spending 2013 in AAA.

7th - Backup Plan
The Sooner bullpen is 15-3 with a 2.50 ERA and has recorded 158 strikeouts in 169 innings. Oklahoma’s bullpen pitched a season-best 24 shutout innings (4/1-11). For the season, OU relievers have tossed 124 shutout innings in the 158 complete innings pitched.

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 weekend comes early when Oklahoma hosts West Virginia at 6:00 pm on Thursday night.

Extras - Who’s on First?
The Sooners have started five different first basemen. Freshman Niko Buentello made his debut anchoring first on opening day before seeing action at the DH spot in the next two games. He leads the team with seven starts at first. Sophomore catcher Anthony Hermelyn has started 15 games there, while James and junior Keach Ballard have each started at first. Freshman Austin O’Brien made his first career start at first vs. CSU Bakersfield (4/5). Sophomore Kolbey Carpenter became the sixth Sooner to start at first when he did so against Texas (4/12). It was his first start at first since facing Dallas Baptist (4/30/13).



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