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Dec. 17, 2010 | Buechele on Another Preseason List
Junior captain Garrett Buechele was named to another preseason All-America list on Friday as Collegiate Baseball listed him on the third team.
Buechele was the only position player from the Big 12 Conference on the first, second or third teams. Click here to view the complete list in PDF format.
Two days earlier, Buechele appeared the Pro-Line Athletic National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason All-America second team
The Arlington, Texas, native hit .359 last season with 17 homers, 65 RBIs and a .630 slugging percentage en route to being selected in the 18th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers.
Dec. 14, 2010 | Golloway and Sooners featured on PG
Jeff Dahn from Perfect Game recently wrote a feature on head coach Sunny Golloway and the Sooner baseball team.
The story focuses on how Golloway and his staff have led Oklahoma back in the company of college baseball's elite.
Below is an excerpt from Dahn's article.
It was a triumphant return to the near-top of the college baseball ladder for the Sooners, and it came in Golloway's fifth full season as head coach. An assistant at OU early in his career, he left in the mid-1990s to serve for eight years for as head coach at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., only to return to Norman as an associate head coach in 2004.
Click here to read the complete article.
Dec. 9, 2010 | Preparations for 2011 Continue
The Sooners continued preparations for the 2011 season on Wednesday with a video shoot in the Sooner Vision studio inside Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
All 36 players posed for their video mug shots that will be displayed on the videoboard at L. Dale Mitchell Park throughout the 31 home games in 2011.
The players also took part in what has become a tradition at Sooner home games, the singing of "Oklahoma," the state song featured in the popular Broadway musical bearing the same name.
View the Photo Gallery and click below to watch seniors Elliott Blair and Ricky Eisenberg talk about the day's activities and quiz each other on a few pop culture items.
Dec. 7, 2010 | Sooners Hold Poster Shoot
The early stages of the 2011 Oklahoma Baseball poster began on Dec. 6 as a poster shoot was held with the four Sooner captains in the home clubhouse at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Seniors Elliott Blair and Michael Rocha and juniors Garrett Buechele and Tyler Ogle will be part of the 2011 design which will highlight the Sooners' postseason run to the College World Series a year ago.
The Sooners return 20 letterwinners and 10 starters from that squad that defeated then-No. 1 Virginia on the road at the Charlottesville Super Regional.
Click the link below to view samples of some of the images taken by local photographer Ty Russell.
OU opens the 2011 season at home against William & Mary on Feb. 18. The Sooners and Tribe will play a four-game series that weekend.
Nov. 24 , 2010 | Yahoo! Sports Gives Thanks
Oklahoma was one of several teams mentioned in the latest article on Yahoo! Sports by Kendall Rogers.
He breaks down what teams across the country have to be thankful for, including the Sooners.
The Sooners are thankful they've returned to the upper echelon of college baseball. OU entered last season in rebuilding mode, but silenced critics with a super regional series win over Virginia and a solid trip to Omaha for the first time since 1995.
Click here to read the complete article.
Oct. 20 , 2010 | Recruiting Class tabbed No. 21
The 2011 class of newcomers was ranked No. 21 by Baseball America recently.
The group includes several players expected to contribute this season including pitchers Burch Smith and Dillon Overton, outfielder Cayle Schambaugh and catcher Casey Coyle.
OU was one of three schools in the Big 12 (Oklahoma State and Nebraska) to appear on the list.
Click here for Baseball America's complete list.
Oct. 16 , 2010 | Yahoo! Sports Features Sooners
Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway still hears the whispers at times.
They're the whispers of critics who doubted the Sooners returned enough personnel last season to make an NCAA postseason appearance, much less a trip to the College World Series.
On paper, it seemed the Sooners were devastated by the MLB draft two summers ago. But OU soon proved that what is on paper isn't always reality.
Click here to read the complete article.
Oct. 14 , 2010 | Baseball Alumni Game Approaching
The 2010 University of Oklahoma baseball alumni weekend is slated for Oct. 15-17 in Norman and culminates on Sunday with the home run derby (12:15 p.m.) and alumni game (1 p.m.).
Sunday's derby and game are free and open to the public at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.
Among some of the names in attendance are Casey Bookout, Bucky Buckles, Scott Campbell, Mark Cole, Chris Ebright, Javier Flores, Rich Hills, Casey Mendenhall, Damon Minor, Ryan Minor, Brian Shackelford and Jackson Williams.
Click here for more information on the weekend's events.
Sept. 30, 2010 | Changes in Big 12 Championship
Released on the Big 12 Insider Blog on Big12sports.com, a change is in the works to return the baseball championship tournament to a double-elimination format. The current pool-play format has been used since 2006.
The change comes after last season's tournament featured four games on the second-to-last day that did not figure into who played for the championship on the final day.
The Big 12 baseball coaches also wanted the change to the double-elimination format because it mirrors what is used in the NCAA tournament.
Click here for the complete blog.
Sept. 23 , 2010 | White Shines in First Scrimmage
Less than three months after playing its final game of the 2010 season, the Sooners resumed team practices on Monday, Sept. 20. OU made its 10th College World Series appearance a year ago and finished with a 50-18 record.
While all but one position player returns from the 2010 CWS team, OU will be without the services of junior shortstop Caleb Bushyhead, who tore his ACL and will have surgery next week. The Mannford, Okla., native is projected to return to the team at the end of March, shortly after Big 12 play begins.
It didn't take OU long to hold its first intrasquad scrimmage held on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and won by the visiting team, 9-6.
Sophomore Max White shined for the visitors after smacking a two-run homer during a 2-for-4 outing at the plate and finishing things off with a save on the mound in the ninth. The Freshman All-American did not pitch a frame for the Sooners in 2010, but starred as a two-way player at Durant High School.
While White contributed on both sides of the ball, junior Cody Reine (3-for-4, 3 RBI) provided the go-ahead runs for the visitors with his three-run homer that capped off a five-run fifth inning.
Junior Tyler Ogle, sophomore Jack Mayfield and freshman Casey Coyle each collected two-hit games.
On the mound, senior Bobby Shore started for the visitors opposite junior Burch Smith. Shore struck out three batters in two innings of work.
In addition, junior Tyson Seng (2008-2009), who returned to the team after a one-year absence, pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
The Sooners will hold their next scrimmage on Saturday around 11 a.m. (time subject to change) at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Sept. 1, 2010 | Yahoo! Sports: OU Carries Big 12 Torch
Kendall Rogers from Yahoo! Sports recently discussed the Sooners carrying the baseball torch in the Big 12 in 2010 and how they have no glaring weaknesses for another run in 2011.
Rogers also breaks down all 10 teams in the conference.
A sample of the analysis is below. Click here to read the complete article.
For once, Texas didn't carry the Big 12 torch in Omaha. The Longhorns won the Big 12 regular season title by eight games over Oklahoma. But UT bowed out of the NCAA postseason against TCU in super regional action. OU, meanwhile, hit the road and upset Virginia to advance to the College World Series for the first time since 1995. Not getting to Omaha made it somewhat a year to forget for the Longhorns. Getting to Omaha made it a year to remember for the Sooners.
July 28, 2010 | Yahoo! Sports Recognizes Golloway
Kendall Rogers from Yahoo! Sports recently included OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway on his list of top 10 coaching jobs in 2010.
Golloway and the Sooners made the program's 10th College World Series appearance in 2010, first since 1995, despite losing nine key players to the MLB Draft in 2009.
OU (50-18) produced just the fifth 50-win season in program history and finished the campaign as the nation's No. 5 consensus ranked team.
A sample of the article is below. Click here to read the complete list of top coaches in 2010.
OU put together a magical run in the postseason that included a win over highly touted Virginia in the Charlottesville Super Regional. OU recorded its first trip to Omaha since the '95 season with the series win over the Cavaliers. Along with getting to Omaha, the Sooners put together an overall record of 50-18 and hosted another NCAA regional. All this occurred in a campaign that was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Golloway's club. What an impressive season it was for the Sooners
July 7, 2010 | Baseball America Honors White
OU outfielder Max White collected one more freshman All-America honor on Wednesday as Baseball America selected the Durant, Okla., native to its first team list.
White previously recognized by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA prior to the College World Series.
The Sooners completed one of the program's most successfull seasons with 50 wins and a No. 5 ranking and White played a major role in that journey.
White ranked third on OU with 15 home runs and helped the Sooners club the nation's fifth best total in 2010. The 105 homers ranks second all-time in Oklahoma history.
He is Oklahoma's eighth freshman All-American and fourth under head coach Sunny Golloway after hitting .293 in 62 games played, including 52 starts. He hit safely in 36 of his starts with 32 of those nods in the lineup coming in left field.
White joins Garrett Buechele (2009), Aaron Baker (2007) and Kody Kaiser (2005) as the other freshman All-Americans recognized under Golloway.
June 24, 2010 | Oklahoma vs. South Carolina II
9:58 p.m. -- South Carolina finds clutch hitting in the 12th to eliminate OU from the College World Series, 3-2.
9:31 p.m. -- Tyler Ogle leads off the 12th with a homer! Oklahoma takes a 2-1 advantage as South Carolina immediately makes a pitching change.
9:26 p.m. -- Oklahoma-South Carolina moves into the 12th. OU hasn't played a game start-to-finish in fewer than 10 hours all week. Why start now?
9:07 p.m. -- Erben retires the side in the bottom of the 10th on eight pitches (seven strikes).
Oklahoma 1, South Carolina 1 - End 10.
8:54 p.m. -- Headed to extra innings for the third time in the Sooner postseason tied 1-1. A number of fans are headed toward the concourse. Someone should tell them this isn't soccer.
8:36 p.m. -- Walker plates Merrifield for South Carolina's first and tying run. The run is credited to Neal, who won't get a decision as Erben becomes the pitcher of record for OU.
Garrett Buechele is charged with his first error in 49 games as he can't handle the ball out of his glove on Merrifield's sacrifice bunt.
Oklahoma 1, South Carolina 1 - End 8.
8:24 p.m. -- With a runner in scoring position, Mike Bell makes the call for Erben to replace Neal.
What a thrill it must be for Neal to have pitched so well in the College World Series and be on the hook for the decision against South Carolina. The junior was born in Columbia, S.C., and attended several Gamecocks baseball camps before moving to Texas.
8:21 p.m. -- Neal will start another inning as he comes to the mound in the bottom of the eighth with a pitch count of 97. Neal has been precise after a slightly shaky start. He's pitched first-pitch strikes to 13 of his last 20 after starting 2-for-7.
8:17 p.m. -- Tonight's attendance is 24,180, the largest of the 2010 College World Series. More importantly, raindrops: 0.
8:14 p.m. -- South Carolina right-hander John Taylor enters the game for the top of the eighth. Herren, Ellison and White are due up for Oklahoma.
8:13 p.m. -- Neal strikes out two with a runner in scoring position as the seventh inning comes to a close. The Gamecocks are 0-of-5 with RISP tonight -- and 0-for-13 with six strikeouts against the Sooners in the CWS.
8:03 p.m. -- Roth shuts down OU in order in the bottom of the sixth. Neal will continue in the top of the seventh.
7:58 p.m. -- Neal allows the third USC hit of the game in the sixth, then gets his fifth strikeout of the game for another scoreless inning. Jeremy Erben is warming up in the Sooner pen as Sunny Golloway looks to setup closer Ryan Duke for the finish.
Oklahoma 1, South Carolina 0 - End 6.
7:48 p.m. -- The throw from shortstop barely beats Reine to the bag as Roth works out of the jam for South Carolina.
7:43 p.m. -- Max White's single gets him out of a 0-for-16 slump.
Cooper strikes out Buechele, but walks Ogle and that will be the end of his night as lefty Michael Roth is called from the Gamecock pen to face Cody Reine.
7:34 p.m. -- Neal hits Wingo on a 1-2 count to load the bases, but Marzilli jams a pop fly foul to Buechele and gets out of another scoreless inning.
Oklahoma 1, South Carolina 0 - End 5.
7:30 p.m. -- Neal retired 13 consecutive batters before allowing the walk of Enders and double by Haney. No action in the OU bullpen as Neal sits on 63 pitches before facing Wingo.
7:24 p.m. -- Cooper's sits down the Sooners and raises his pitch count after five innings to 81. He only threw 67 against the Sooners in Sunday's rain-shortened, 5-inning appearance. This is Cooper's first appearance this season without a week of rest, but he's handling it nicely for now as more than 60 percent of his pitches are strikes.
7:17 p.m. -- Garrett Buechele got his second hit of the CWS in the top of the fourth, but was stranded on base. Neal put down the Gamecocks 1-2-3 again for a spotless inning.
Oklahoma 1, South Carolina 0 - End 4.
7:14 p.m. -- After several attempts, the fans seated behind home plate at Rosenblatt have successfully started The Wave. This Wave is going counter-clockwise, which curiously has me wondering if at the World Cup, in the southern hemisphere, their Waves go clockwise. Either way, I've very happy there are no vuvuzelas here.
7:02 p.m. -- Three up and three down for both squads in the third. What's that ESPN jingle? Three is a magic number. You can watch the game on ESPN3.com right now, if for some reason your television is dedicated to Glee on this Thursday night.
6:57 p.m. -- Well, that's a first. Tonight's catchers unfortunately share a bond that goes beyond their position. They've both had their manhood tested, if you know what I mean.
6:45 p.m. -- Neal shuts down the Gamecocks in order after OU takes a 1-run lead in the second. Ogle scored off Caleb Bushyhead's single to give the Sooners the early advantage.
With a 9-game hitting streak, Ogle has matched his career best. He's hitting .464 over the span.
Oklahoma 1, South Carolina 0 - End 2.
6:29 p.m. -- Neither team was able to score in the first. South Carolina advanced its runner that furthest, though, as Evan Marzilli made it to third on a stolen base and throwing error.
Tyler Ogle's misfire to second was more than a typical throwing error and look liked he had an issue getting out of his stance. I've noticed that home plate umpire A.J. Lostaglio keeps a hand on each catcher's back during the entire pitch sequence and that might have had an effect.
Oklahoma 0, South Carolina 0 - End 1.
5:05 p.m. -- Right-hander Blake Cooper (12-2, 2.92 ERA) will start again for South Carolina. Cooper was on the mound for the first game of the CWS between the Sooners and Gamecocks and pitched five innings, giving up six hits and three runs, before rain delayed the game.
Of course, Zach Neal (8-3, 4.65 ERA) gets the nod for Oklahoma.
4:44 p.m. -- Oklahoma's lineup is in and available on the team's Twitter page (@ou_baseball).
Kaleb Herren makes his first start in 25 games, his 16th overall but first as designated hitter.
4:28 p.m. -- The Sooners are at the ballpark awaiting their turn on the diamond for batting practice.
Thursday is providing the coolest weather of the week here in Omaha as the temperatue is currently at 81 degrees with almost no wind. There is no chance, according to the forecast, for rain tonight. Maybe OU will get a full nine innings in consecutively.
11:33 a.m. -- Oklahoma faces eliminiation for the first time in the College World Series as it faces South Carolina at 6 p.m. today.
Zach Neal will get the start for the Sooners. Here's his thoughts going into the game:
J une 23, 2010 | OU-Clemson Resumes
5:04 p.m. -- Ellison advanced to scoring position and found home and Cody Reine represented a tying run at the plate, but left field Evan Marzilli just got to his fly ball for the final out.
Clemson defeated OU, 6-4, and moves on to play the winner of OU's Thursday matchup versus South Carolina as the Sooners and Gamecocks face elimination.
4:47 p.m. -- Erben closes the inning with a pop out-stikeout-groundout combo and the Sooners are down to their last three outs as they move to offense in the top of the ninth.
The top of the Sooners' lineup, Chris Ellison, will leadoff the final frame.
4:40 p.m. -- OU pitching coach Mike Bell calls to the pen for Jeremy Erben, getting his second appearance in this year's World Series.
Erben pitched two innings in OU's win against South Carolina on Sunday, allowing four hits, two walks and a run while striking out two of his 12 batters faced.
4:34 p.m. -- Johnson pops out to the shortstop to end the top of the eighth. It was a rare occurence when OU did not score a runner with two outs, having accumulated over 40 percent of its total runs this season in that situation.
Kaleb Harren replaces Seitzer at first base.
4:32 p.m. -- With the bases loaded, Golloway pinch hits Casey Johnson for Eisenberg and has Eric Ross pinch run for Seitzer at first.
Johnson represents the go-ahead run at the plate.
4:28 p.m. -- Ogle's 10th home run also give the Sooners five players with double-digit totals in the category. The last time an OU team had that many bashers was a Casey Bookout-led squad in 1998.
4:26 p.m. -- Ogle's 10th dinger of the season stays just inside the right field foul pole as the Sooners have blasted a pair of solo home runs today to tighten the score
It's the 30th multiple home run game for the Sooners, who have a 27-2 record in those occurrences.
Danny Black's double down the right field line send the Clemson outfield scrambling to chase what looked like it might either be another home run or foul ball. It also sends the Tigers scrambling to the bullpen as head coach Jack Leggett calls for right-hander Dominic Leone.
4:15 p.m. -- Robinson sits down two in the seventh for six total strikeouts in 15 batters faced.
Oklahoma 2, Clemson 6.
3:56 p.m. -- Seitzer sends the 3-1 pitch over right center for his 16th home run of the season. Impressive as the wind is blowing completely opposite of what it was last night. Today, it's coming in, left to right across the outfield.
Seitizer's solo homer cuts the Clemson advantage to 6-2.
3:53 p.m. -- Both pitchers faced four batters in the sixth, but shut down the offense. Clemson's top-third of the order hasn't done much damage, going 0-for-9 while the 4-9 batters are 5-of-12.
3:34 p.m. -- Nearly 19 1/2 hours after the first pitch was thrown, the Sooners and Tigers are back to action. If not for John Isner and Nicolas Mahut, this would have a shot at being the longest sporting event of the day.
3:21 p.m. -- Left-hander Will Lamb gets the restart for Clemson. For Oklahoma, J.R. Robinson will continue where he left off last night.
After jinxing Bobby Shore's game last night by talking with his father in the stands, ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews is sporting a purple dress this afternoon. Could she be against the Sooners? Or is she just showing Gator-pride as TCU meets Florida State later tonight?
1:28 p.m. -- It's a beautiful day in Omaha as the resumption of the Oklahoma-Clemson matchup in the College World Series nears.
The game will resume in the of the sixth inning with OU's Tyler Ogle at the plate. Clemson leads 6-1.
Oklahoma has rallied once from a five-run deficit once this season. The Sooners trailed 7-2 after bottom of the fifth at Kansas on May 22 and won, 8-7.
OU has also rallied twice after trailing by 4. Of the Sooners 50 victories, they have come from behind 27 times.
June 22, 2010 | Oklahoma vs. Clemson Suspended
10:40 p.m. -- The game has been suspended due to weather at the end of the fifth inning. It will resume at 3:30 central Wednesday.
The broadcast will resume on ESPNU.
10:08 p.m. -- A weather delay has halted action at Rosenblatt Stadium as a thunderstorm approaches. It will be at least a 30-minute delay.
10:07 p.m. -- Robinson has the command on the mound for which the Sooners are looking, but a Max White error on a fly ball in left field allowed a run to score with two outs. Clemson took advantage, plating another unearned run before they could get out of the inning.
Oklahoma 1, Clemson 6 - End of 5th.
9:47 p.m. -- The battery gets the Sooners out of the inning as Robinson strikes out Epps and Ogle baits a double steal attempt for home and gets the 2-6-2 put out.
After four, Clemson leads 4-1.
9:40 p.m. -- Clemson clears the bases of Shore's batters, scoring four runs and Mayfield allows two before Mike Bell makes the change for OU, going to lefty J.R. Robinson.
Oklahoma 1, Clemson 4.
9:31 p.m. -- Golloway calls to the pen for Mayfield as Shore walks the bases loaded and gives up a single to Schaus. The loaded bases will all be on Shore's record. There are no outs yet in the bottom of the fourth.
Oklahoma 1, Clemson 1.
9:24 p.m. -- After 57 pitches, Shore gets a visit from head coach Sunny Golloway after walking consecutive batters without throwing a strike. Jack Mayfield starts warming up in the pen.
9:20 p.m. -- Caleb Bushyhead plates the first run of the game, scoring Cody Reine on a single that dropped in under center field. Reine, who couldn't help but hit yard in the Charlottesville Regional, has totaled maybe 35 feet on his two hits today as his good fortune continues this postseason. Reine stole second as an in-time throw from Clemson catcher Spencer Kieboom was snowconed by shortstop Brad Miller and dislodged on the tag.
Oklahoma 1, South Carolina 0
9:07 p.m. -- The top of the Sooners' order goes down in order again in the top of the third. Likewise for Clemson as Shore retired the 9, 1 and 2 in 15 pitches.
It's still scoreless in Omaha after three innings.
8:52 p.m. -- Oklahoma loaded the bases in the second, but could not capitalize on the effort with two outs. It did, however, work Clemson's pitcher as much as possible, forcing Weismann to throw 28 pitches, twice as many as he did in the first.
Clemson stranded two on base as Shore worked out of a jam with Wilson Boyd's double-play groundout ending the inning.
8:22 p.m. -- Weismann shuts down the Sooners in order with two strikeouts and a fly out of Garrett Buechele to start the game. Defensively, OU gets out of the inning after Shore faces four batters, walking one.
8:02 p.m. -- The National Anthem has been sung and the coaches are meeting at home plate to go over lineups and ground rules.
The Sooners will start Bobby Shore (10-4, 3.86 ERA) and the Tigers will start Scott Weismann (8-2, 5.09 ERA). Clemson is designated the home team for tonight's game.
7:38 p.m. -- The clouds have moved in, creating overcast skies and a breeze from the south has made the air temperature on the field a very tolerable 90 degrees and dropping as the first pitch approaches.
The breeze is pushing right to left across the outfield, assuring that all those fly balls that landed in the left fielder's glove at the warning track Sunday night will be pushed into the stands.
Clemson has finished its turn on the infield and the Sooners are lined up, ready to do work.
7:16 p.m. -- Oklahoma is on the field getting prepared for its matchup with Clemson. The team OU beat to get here, South Carolina, routed No. 1 seed Arizona State, 11-4, in the the early game today, eliminating the Sun Devils from the College World Series.
The temperatures on the field approached 104 degrees during game one this afternoon and will come into play, possibly along with building thunderstorms to the west of Omaha once again, tonight.
I'm about to go down to the field and get a taste of the weather myself.
12:04 p.m. -- Oklahoma continues its march in the College World Series with a meeting against Clemson at 8 p.m. Central on ESPN2.
10:30 a.m. -- The Sooners took some swings this morning at the Ultimate Baseball Academy located close to the team hotel. OU's third practice during its stay in Omaha concluded after 80 minutes of light BP. The Sooners will hit second tonight in pregame as the visitors located in the first base dugout.
June 21, 2010 | OU Will Face Clemson Tuesday Night
9:50 p.m. -- The Sooners took full advantage of their day off Monday, catching a few innings of the three College World Series games played today and resting in the hotel.
This afternoon, the team host Optimists' Club held a team barbeque at neighboring Papillion High School South. The mayor of Papillion greeted the team before each of the players and staff were presented with two gifts -- their team photo taken in front of the statue at Rosenblatt Stadium and a commemorative plaque signifying OU's participation in the final CWS at Rosenblatt.
Head coach Sunny Golloway visited the ballpark to interview with Erin Andrews on ESPN's broadcast of the TCU-UCLA nightcap.
1:45 p.m. -- Clemson improves to 44-23 after 6-3 win over Arizona State (52-9). The No. 8 Tigers will play the No. 6 Sooners on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
OU leads the series with CU after topping the Tigers 7-6 in the 1992 NCAA Starkville Regional on May 23. That win eventually helped propel OU to its seventh CWS appearance.
12:23 p.m. -- The Sooners are still awaiting their next opponent in the winner between Clemson and Arizona State. The Tigers lead 6-1 in the top of the sixth.
11:32 p.m. -- OU shortstop Caleb Bushyhead's catch received one more look on national television as ESPN's Sportscenter recognized his over-the-shoulder catch in the fourth inning on its top 10. Bushyhead speared the ball down the left-field line near foul territory and the catch ranked No. 10 on the list of top plays from yesterday's action around the sport's world.
June 20, 2010 | Oklahoma 4, South Carolina 3
10:50 p.m. -- Duke's save gives him 28, matching the OU career record with Jeff Bajenaru (1999-2000).
Duke, who's father passed away in August said it was "very special" to accomplish the feat on Father's Day and that he had hoped the ball would be in his hands at the end of the game today.
The Sooners will play the winner of Clemson-Arizona State (postponed to 10 a.m. CT, Monday) on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
10:20 p.m. -- Oklahoma takes the win in its opening game of the College World Series, 4-3, as Ryan Duke closes the game. The Sooners' pitching staff held South Carolina to and 0-for-8, four strikeout, performance with runners in scoring position.
9:52 p.m. -- Q. What four words are more frequent today than "rain delays game action?"
A. South Carolina pitching change.
Tyler Webb enters the game for the Gamecocks.
9:50 p.m. -- Garrett Buechele's postseason slump comes to a mighty end as he crushes his 17th home run of the season, and deepest yet today, over the left field fence.
Oklahoma leads 4-2.
9:46 p.m. -- Erben walks the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, but gets Brady Thomas to fly out to right field. Surprise of the night: Jose Mata takes the mound for South Carolina.
Attendance is announced at 22,835. Those who are still here are very wet.
9:32 p.m. -- Between innings, the groundscrew manicured the infield by adding a few bags of dry dirt. I would say at the field at Rosenblatt Stadium has gained at least 100 pounds today, just a few more than me after spending six hours of a rain delay in the hospitality area of the press box.
9:30 p.m. -- In case you were wondering, these pitching changes can literally go on all night. With seven outs remaining, Carolina could theoretically pitch an out for each remaining reliever with a couple to spare.
9:28 p.m. -- Ellison flies out in the warning track at left, a very common occurence today, and -- you guessed it -- we have a South Carolina pitching change. That bullpen will be very fresh for Tuesday's game. Now throwing, right-hander Jose Mata.
9:25 p.m. -- Eisenberger pops out and South Carolina changes pitchers once again. Steven Neff brings in his fresh left arm.
9:21 p.m. -- Erben closes the top of the seventh with two strikeouts as light rain begins to fall again. Ricky Eisenberg, who has replaced Eric Ross as DH, will leadoff the bottom of the frame. The switch at designated hitter has prompted a pitching change from South Carolina as John Taylor enters.
9:00 p.m. -- After a two-hour, one-minute rain delay -- upping today's total to 6 hours, 16 minutes -- the game has resume with lefty Michael Roth pitching for South Carolina in the bottom of the sixth.
Jeremy Erben is in the OU bullpen.
8:41 p.m. -- Though it seems even France's soccer team has seen more action on a field today, the Sooners and Gamecocks will finish this game tonight. The NCAA has announced the restart should begin approximately 9 p.m.
8:22 p.m. -- The rain continues to fall as it appears we're no closer to a decision on when this game will resume than we were over an hour ago. In the halls of the press box, a few OU dignitaries are bouncing around between watching the ESPN coverage and the U.S. Open, including athletics director Joe Castiglione and head football coach Bob Stoops. Cale Gundy is also in attendance with his family.
6:59 p.m. -- Due to lightning in the area, play has been suspended for at least 30 minutes. The delay occurred in the middle of the sixth inning with OU leading 3-2.
6:35 p.m. -- Another sacrifice bunt puts Reine in scoring position to take advantage of Caleb Bushyhead's single. OU goes up 3-2 through four innings.
6:24 p.m. -- Jackie Bradley Jr.'s leadoff home run in the top of the fourth ties the score, 2-2. Rocha works out of a jam with runners on first and second to keep the rest of the inning scoreless.
6:06 p.m. -- Oklahoma continues to lead 2-0 as Rocha sits down the side in order in the top of the third. Caleb Bushyhead took his first offering from Cooper over the right field stands in the bottom of the second for a solo home run.
5:46 p.m. -- The Sooners take an early lead as cleanup man Tyler Ogle plates Chris Ellison with a single to right field. Max White advanced Ellison to scoring position with the team's 66th sacrifice bunt of the year (seventh most in the NCAA) as the Sooners continue to play balanced offense. OU also has 100 home runs this season, eighth most in the NCAA.
5:25 p.m. -- The first pitch has been thrown following a four-hour, 15-minute rain delay. Michael Rocha's first-pitch ground out of Evan Marzillil is the Sooners' first play in the College World Series since 1995.
5:15 p.m. -- The National Anthem has been sung and action at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium is less than 10 minutes away.
ESPN will only carry the game until 6 p.m. CT due to contractual obligations for Sunday Night Baseball. ESPN2 will then pick up the game beginning at 6 p.m.
4:24 p.m. -- The word is in: first pitch at 5:24 p.m. Watch on ESPNHD or listen on the Sooner Sports Network (KREF 1400 AM).
3:46 p.m. -- The rain has almost cleared but due to lightning in the area, the tarp will be removed at 4:16 p.m. and the teams will take infield practice. Start time is still TBD.
3:09 p.m. -- The determination on game start will be made at 3:30 p.m.
1:31 p.m. -- The CWS event staff has just informed the media that due to an approaching storm, the decision on game time will be not be made until at least 3 p.m.
1:07 p.m. -- The groundscrew has placed the tarp on the field once again as another storm front lurks in the distance.
12:53 p.m. -- The public address has announced that the first pitch has been delayed to 1:43 p.m.
12:15 p.m. -- The groundscrew is taking the tarp off the infield and preparing the playing surface for today's game. Oklahoma is in the outfield warming up.
Oklahoma and South Carolina will start right-handers as Michael Rocha (7-2, 3.57 ERA) goes to the mound for the Sooners and Blake Cooper (12-1, 2.81 ERA) for the Gamecocks.
Today's officials are Kelly Gonzales (HP), Gus Rodriguez (1B), David Savage (2B) and Mark Ditsworth (3B). Ditsworth was a member of the crew that officiated games of the Normal Regional.
11:59 a.m. -- The rain has picked up, forcing Oklahoma and South Carolina to take batting practice in the cages underneath the stands. As of now, the game is still scheduled to start on time.
Check the OU Baseball Twitter page for today's lineup: @OU_Baseball
11:25 a.m. -- The skies have darkened in Omaha and the first blot of lightning has flashed outside as a thunderstorm cell has grown west of the area and is moving towards Rosenblatt. The light rain has stayed consistently falling as the fans stream into the stands.
10:27 a.m. -- The Sooners have arrived at Rosenblatt. With overcast skies and light drizzle, a tarp still covers the infield. This inclement weather is expected to move away soon, however, so the game should start on time.
The flags are fully extended winds are blowing almost due north, across right field to left field -- a hitter's dream, a pitcher's nightmare.
8:38 a.m. -- Taking each of the 540 miles from Norman to Omaha one at a time, the Sooners are now just a handful away from Rosenblatt Stadium and their first action in the College World Series since 1995.
First pitch will be thrown shortly after 1 p.m. today with coverage on ESPNHD and the Sooner Sports Network (KREF 1400 AM in Oklahoma City).
Here's some late reaction from the players: Omaha Update
June 19, 2010 | Opening Day
5:30 p.m. -- Check out these two videos produced by SoonerVision's Matt Jaques, giving you a sneak peek at the preparations for OU's opening round game of the College World Series.
Sooners' New Spikes | Sunny Golloway
1:19 p.m. -- OU's official team activities on Saturday have come to an end. The Sooners have returned from Bellevue East High School where they practice for about one-and-a-half hours this morning, then signed autographs for the several dozen fans who followed the team inside the park upon its arrival.
For now, it's rest until game time. The team has the option of heading to Rosenblatt to watch the opening games of the College World Series or getting some quality time in with any family members who made the trip.
Oklahoma meets South Carolina Sunday at 1 p.m.
|OU (49-16) vs. South Carolina (48-15)|
|Game 66||Sunday, June 20 at 1 p.m. CT|
|Brackets||Interactive | Printable|
|More Info||OU CWS Central Page|
|Location||Omaha, Neb. | Rosenblatt Stadium|
|Radio||KREF 1400 AM | Sirius 122 | XM 143|
|TV||ESPN (Cox Ch. 720 HD in OKC)|
|Web Audio||Free on SoonerSports.com|
|Game Info||Notes | Media Guide | Blog | Twitter|
9:52 a.m. -- The College World Series begins today, but the Sooners won't take to Rosenblatt's field until Sunday at 1 p.m.
Presently, the team is practicing at Bellevue East High School, home of the Cheiftains, inside a facility that rivals many college stadiums.
We'll have a photo gallery and some more video of today's activities later. After some internet connection issues, we've also uploaded a video from Friday's opening ceremonies that's linked below.
Stay tuned for more from Omaha.
June 18, 2010 | Evening | Opening Ceremonies
Oklahoma made Friday a doubleheader at Rosenblatt Stadium, following its morning activities by joining the other seven participating teams for the final opening ceremonies in the ballpark's 61-year College World Series hosting history.
Photo Gallery | Practice and Opening Ceremonies
The teams convened for a barbeque hosted by the NCAA and local organizers while Dancing with the Stars celebrity Julianne Hough's band provided entertainment.
One hour before the ceremonies, College Worlds Series fans packed the 28,000-seat stadium to about 60 percent capacity, less the outfield stands that were inaccessible due the location of the fireworks display. The raucous crowd had already begun the wave and was batting beach balls back and forth.
The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band played the National Anthem as U.S. Special Operations Command paratroops delivered the American and College World Series flags. Sooner representation was displayed by more than ballplayers and fans as Staff Sergeant Chris Hammiel, a 2000 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, played trumpet for the occasion.
The eight participating squads were introduced alphabetically, starting with Arizona State, the only other team in the tournament besides Oklahoma that has previously won a national title.
Curiously, a smattering of boos from the TCU and Texas fans in attendance rained on OU's introduction.
Jack Diesing Jr., the President of the College of World Series of Omaha, presented each team's top student-athlete with a special award. Petroleum engineering junior Elliott Blair received the honor for having the Sooners' top individual GPA.
Finally, the CWS Legends Team, voted by fans, was introduced. The lineup included stars such as Barry Bonds, Will Clark, Nomar Garciaparra, Robin Ventura, Todd Walker and coaches Skip Bertman and Augie Garrido.
A rousing fireworks display closed the night.
The Sooners practice off-site Saturday morning in preparation for their 1 p.m. game Sunday afternoon against South Carolina.
June 18, 2010 | Morning | Sooners Meet Fans and Media
During the first full day in Omaha, the No. 6 Sooners experienced a busy afternoon that not only consisted of their first practice on the game field at Rosenblatt Stadium, but of flocks of fans and media wanting to get to know more about OU baseball.
The Sooners started the morning with head coach Sunny Golloway and the head coaches from Arizona State, Clemson and South Carolina addressing the media in the Hall of Fame Room at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Click here for a transcript from that press conference.
Following a team photo in front of the famous statue at Rosenblatt, Coach Golloway and sophomores Garrett Buechele, Cody Reine and Cameron Seitzer and junior Bobby Shore sat down with members of the ESPN crew to help preview Sunday's opening round game against South Carolina at 1 p.m.
Before OU even took the field Friday for a 1 p.m. practice session, fans of all ages were itching to get autographs from all the players and coaches. And, following a 50-minute batting practice on the field, an endless line of Sooner fans and baseball fans had balls, bats, gloves, posters, t-shirts and even a mock home plate signed by the 27 players and the coaching staff. An estimated crowd of 500-plus fans were rewarded for their patience in the heat
Tonight, OU will be entertained by what NCAA and CWS officials are calling the "Biggest Fan Fest Ever" at the championship in the 2010 Opening Ceremonies. Stay tuned for more on that Saturday morning.
Below is a closer look at today's footage:
June 17, 2010 | Oklahoma Has Arrived
The Sooners departed Norman this afternoon for the College World Series and touched down in Omaha about 4 p.m.
OU's travel party didn't go immediately to the hotel, however, as the bus detoured to a drive-by of Rosenblatt Stadium, in its final year of hosting baseball's national championship as it moves to Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha beginning in 2011. As the tour crossed behind the outfield stands, some of the players, well-versed in the Sooners' postseason history, talked about how they were driving over the spot of where a Damon Minor home run once landed.
The group had dinner at Anthony's Steakhouse and met their hosts for the tournament from Omaha's Optimists Club, who mentioned that they were the last to qualify, last to arrive and, hopefully, will be the last to leave.
A few young baseball players of a local little league team eating at the same time found fourtune in autographs from their college counterparts.
Thursday, the Sooners will enter the gates of Rosenblatt for the first time this weekend for the commencement of opening ceremonies.
Here's a look at of some of the day's activities:
Photo Gallery | Cameron Seitzer and Chris Ellison
June 15, 2010 | Welcome Home Sooners
The Oklahoma baseball team, fresh off of winning the 2010 Charlottesville Super Regional, were greeted by fans and media upon its arrival back in Norman at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Sooners will be making the program's 10th appearance at the College World Series and first since 1995. Oklahoma opens the double-elimination format at 1 p.m. (CT) on Sunday, June 20 against South Carolina.
Click the links below to watch footage of the welcome back party and listen to Coach Golloway, Cody Reine and Bobby Shore as they meet with the media.
Sooner nation welcomes back baseball team
Castiglione, Golloway address the crowd
Coach Golloway talks to the local media
Cody Reine talks about the weekend series
Bobby Shore on his performance and going to Omaha
Also, view highlights from OU's clinching victory over the Cavaliers:
Highlights from OU's 11-0 win vs. Virginia
June 12, 2010 | First Pitch set for 3:55 p.m. CT
Game one of the Charlottesville Super Regional will start at 3:55 p.m. CT after experiencing close to a two-hour weather delay that started at 2 p.m CT. Severe storms rolled through the Charlottesville area.
Fans can follow all of the action live from the Charlottesville Super Regional this weekend in a variety of ways starting on the Sooner Sports Network on KREF 1400 AM with Chuck Kelly calling the action throughout the series. The broadcast can also be heard free online at SoonerSports.com.
The games will also be televised live on the ESPN family of networks. Saturday's series opener at 2 p.m. CT can be seen on ESPNU. Sunday's 3 p.m. game will be carried on ESPN2 and Monday's if-necessary game on ESPN. All three games can also be seen online at ESPN3.com.
Fans can also follow the action online at SoonerSports.com with live stats and twitter updates.
All of the links to today's action can be found below:
Twitter updates on OU_Baseball
June 11, 2010 | Super Regional Press Conference
Oklahoma Head Coach Sunny Golloway and Virginia Head Coach Brian O'Connor met with members of the local media on Friday, one day before the best-of-three series opens Saturday at 2 p.m. CT on ESPNU. Below is a portion of Golloway's opening statement along with links to the complete transcript and archived video courtesty of UVA Athletics.
Golloway's Opening Statement:
"On behalf of the University of Oklahoma and our student athletes that represent our great baseball program, we are really excited to be here. It's our first time to be in Charlottesville. As we flew in and our coaches, families, administration, all of our support staff, and our student athletes - we have been very impressed. It's a beautiful area. It's a beautiful ballpark. The campus is first class."
Complete transcript | Press Conference Video
June 8, 2010 | Five Sooners Drafted on Day Two
Five members of the 2010 squad were drafted on day two of the MLB Draft on June 8 starting with junior second baseman Danny Black in the 14th round by the Florida Marlins. Black, who has started 50-plus games, is second on the Sooners with a .339 batting average, including a team-high six triples and ranks third with 10 stolen bases. Black was also selected in 2009 in the 42nd round by the Yankees.
Junior hurler Zach Neal followed in the 17th round and was picked by the Florida Marlins. Neal starred as the Sooners' Friday night starter in his first season in Norman and shined with a 8-3 record and 86 strikeouts en route to earning second team All-Big 12 honors.
The draft concludes today with rounds 31-50 and fans can follow the action on the link below.
Sooners in the MLB Draft | 2010 MLB Draft Central
The 18th round saw sophomore third baseman Garrett Buechele by the Texas Rangers, where his father played during part of his professional career and is now a manager at the Double A level. Buechele leads Oklahoma in nearly every offensive category, including a .387 batting average and 16 homers, and ranks in the top 10 in six different Big 12 statistics.
Neal and Buechele were drafted for the first times in their careers.
Senior reliever Jeremy Erben, who leads OU with 29 appearances, was selected in the 22nd round to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Erben owns a 7-1 record and four saves to go along with his 3.90 ERA. A senior captain, Erben was drafted out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds in the 41st round in 2006.
Senior reliever Jason Chowning rounded out the group with a 28th round selection to the Houston Astros. Chowning was selected for the second time in his career after being taken in the 43rd round by the Yankees in 2007. He has 13 appearances in 2010 with a 1-0 record and a 2.11 ERA.
The Sooners also had four recruits drafted so far:
Jon Gray | RHP | Chandler H.S. (Chandler, Okla.)
13th round to Kansas City
Clay Schrader | RHP | San Jacinto J.C. (Houston, Texas)
10th round to Baltimore
Burch Smith | RHP | Howard College (Big Springs, Texas)
20th round to Cleveland
Dillon Overton | LHP | Weatherford H.S. (Weatherford, Okla.)
26th round to Boston
June 9, 2010 | OU Faces Virginia in Super Regional
No. 11 Oklahoma will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to play then nation's No. 5 seed, Virginia, in the NCAA Super Regional this weekend. The days, times and information on television coverage will be announced tonight on NCAA.com at 10 p.m. CT.
The Cavaliers (50-12) knocked off St. John's, 5-3, on Monday afternoon to win the Charlottesville Regional. Virginia was one of eight host sites playing in an if-necessary game on Monday.
Virginia entered the beginning of the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in each of the four major polls and finished first in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers made their first appearance in the College World Series in 2009.
"Brian O'Connor is doing a great job of building Virginia into one of the nation's top programs," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "It's going to be a tremendous challenge to go out to Charlottesville. We are looking forward to competing this weekend."
The Sooners won three straight games en route to capturing the NCAA Norman Regional Championship on Sunday with a trio of one-run wins over Oral Roberts (7-6, 10 innings) and two against North Carolina (7-6 in 10 innings and 3-2).
Oklahoma last met Virginia in 1999 during the ACC-Disney Baseball Bash. The Sooners lost 12-4 on Jan. 31 after winning the first two games in the tournament over Maryland and Georgia Tech. The game marks the only meeting between OU and Virginia.
June 6, 2010 | OU Faces UNC in Regional Final
No. 11 Oklahoma will play North Carolina in the Norman Regional on Sunday night at 7 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Sooners, the visitors in the game, will be playing in their fifth regional final under head coach Sunny Golloway (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010).
OU has advanced to one NCAA Super Regional since the format originated in 1999 and the Sooners have won regional/district titles with their nine College World Series appearances (1951, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1992, 1994 and 1995).
On Saturday night, OU and North Carolina met for the first time in the programs' history and the Sooners prevailed with a 7-6 win in extra innings.
Recap | Photo Gallery | Norman Regional Central
Tickets are still available for purchase at the ticket office at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
June 3, 2010 | Friday's Game Televised by SSN/Cox
Friday's NCAA Norman Regional opener against Oral Roberts at 1 p.m. will be televised live in Oklahoma City and Tulsa by the Sooner Sports Network on Cox Ch. 3.
It marks the 24th televised game this season for the No. 11 Sooners (44-15), who have won nine of their last 10 games entering the tournament.
First pitch is slated for 1:07 p.m. and Toby Rowland and Kenny Mossman will call the action live from L. Dale Mitchell Park. The game will also be webcast on SoonerSports.com for free along with every game from the Norman Regional.
Click here to find all the links to video, audio, stats, postgame info and more on the tournament central page.
Tickets are still available by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at 800-456-GoOU or by logging on to SoonerSports.com.
June 1, 2010 | Sooner Fans Celebrate Baseball Season
An estimated crowd of 450 fans were on hand as the OU baseball team took the field for practice on Tuesday night to celebrate the 2010 season and the "Year of the Fan." Sooner fans of all ages toured the program's facility and watched OU take batting practice on the field while enjoying free food and drink from Pizza Hut, Smoothie King and Coca-Cola. Fans received a behind-the-scenes walk through of L.Dale Mitchell Park, including the OU clubhouse, indoor practice facility, dugout and pressbox.
The event was held to thank the Sooner Nation for their support while celebrating and getting ready for this weekend's NCAA Norman Regional featuring OU, Cal, North Carolina and Oral Roberts.
Photo Gallery | NCAA Norman Regional Central
Buy Tickets Online at SoonerSports.com
"I thought it was a great event. What a great turnout," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "I want to thank everyone that was involved in planning it on short notice and I especially want to thank the fans for coming out and supporting us. We hope they enjoyed themselves as much as we did and we look forward to seeing them again this weekend."
OU kicks off its 33rd appearance in the NCAA Tournament on Friday, June 4 at 1 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The winner of game one will face the winner of game two (Cal vs. UNC) on Saturday at 7 p.m.
May 31, 2010 | Celebrate Year of the Fan on Tuesday
OU Baseball will hold "Year of the Fan NCAA Baseball Tuesday" to celebrate the 2010 season and kick-off the week of the Oklahoma NCAA Baseball Regional on June 1 from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fans who have either purchased NCAA Regional all-session tickets in advance through the OU Athletics Ticket Office or who purchase tickets at the gate on Tuesday night will have the chance to meet the players and coaches, get autographs, run the bases, watch practice, and get photos with the NCAA championship trophies.
Click here to purchase all-session tickets or call the OU Athletics Ticket Office at 800-456-goOU for more information.
Free food and beverage will be provided by Pizza Hut, Smoothie King and Coca-Cola. All members of the Sooner Kids Club, OU Faculty and Staff, OU Students who are members of Sooner Nation and all area Little League baseball players and their families are also invited to attend free of charge.
OU opens the 2010 NCAA Norman Regional on Friday at 1 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
"We are obviously excited to host again this year, but even more excited to be hosting this event on Tuesday night for our fans," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "We are looking forward to welcoming Sooner Nation to one of our practices and for them to be involved with the movement that this program is making."
May 27, 2010 | Rallies a Plenty
What transpired in the early morning hours of Thursday at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark on day one of the Big 12 Championship was nothing new to the No. 12 Sooners. OU was down 2-1 and headed to the bottom of the ninth, and rallied for a 3-2 victory over Kansas, thanks to Cody Reine's two-run double to centerfield.
Recap | Box Score (PDF) | Photo Gallery
The walk-off hit completed a four-game sweep of Kansas in 2010. In all four contests, Oklahoma came from behind to post victories. In the last there, OU saved the drama for the last at-bat as Tyler Ogle provided the heroics last weekend in Lawrence. Ogle ripped a three-run double in the ninth to seal Saturday's 8-7 win and on Sunday, he provided a three-run homer in the final frame during a 9-6 victory.
After the win at the Big 12 Championship on Thursday around 1:30 a.m., head coach Sunny Golloway said in the post-game press conference "If that is not Sooner magic, I don't know what is."
The same can be said for the Sooners over the last five-plus years as Golloway has guided the program to 109 come-from-behind wins. That is over half (.511) of Golloway's 209 head coaching victories at Oklahoma, including 23 this season. None of which are perhaps bigger than the 6-5 win in 13 innings at Texas A&M on April 24. Not only did that marathon game turn around that weekend series for OU, it has produced a 16-3 record over the last 19 games, including the current eight-game winning streak.
OU returns to action in the Big 12 Championship on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against Baylor.
Below is a breakdown of the 2010 comebacks, with each listing stating the final time OU trailed in a game before rallying for the win, including 10 after the fifth inning:
Trail 3-2 after Bot. 4 vs. SDSU (Feb. 19) - Won, 7-4
Trail 5-1 after Bot. 5 vs. SDSU (Feb. 20) - Won, 17-5
Trail 1-0 after Top 3 vs. UTA (March 2) - Won, 4-3
Trail 4-2 after Bot. 8 vs. USF (March 4) - Won, 5-4
Trail 4-3 after Top 9 vs. SFA (March 7) - Won, 5-4
Trail 1-0 after Top 1 vs. Miss. St. (March 12) - Won, 16-5
Trail 1-0 after Bot. 1 vs. TAMU-CC (March 13) - Won, 11-2
Trail 4-2 after Top 7 vs. UMass (March 17) - Won, 8-4
Trail 3-0 after Top 2 vs. Baylor (March 19) - Won, 7-6
Trail 1-0 after Bot. 3 at Neb. (March 26) - Won, 10-2
Trail 2-0 after Top 2 vs. UAPB (March 30) - Won, 26-3
Trail 1-0 after Top 1 vs. Mizzou (April 9) - Won, 6-4
Trail 2-0 after Top 1 vs. Mizzou (April 10) - Won, 10-4
Trail 2-1 after Top 4 vs. TCU (April 20) - Won, 8-3
Trail 5-3 after Bot. 8 at A&M (April 24) - Won, 6-5 (13)
Trail 1-0 after Top 1 vs. KSU (April 30) - Won, 14-3
Trail 1-0 after Top 1 vs. KSU (May 2) - Won, 15-11
Trail 5-2 after Top 3 vs. UALR (May 4) - Won, 15-4
Trail 4-1 after Top 5 vs. OSU (May 7) - Won, 7-6
Trail 2-1 after Bot. 5 at Kansas (May 21) - Won, 14-4
Trail 7-4 after Bot. 8 at Kansas (May 22) - Won, 8-7
Trail 5-2 after Bot. 6 at Kansas (May 23) - Won, 9-6
Trail 2-1 after Top 9 vs. Kansas (May 26) - Won, 3-2
May 24, 2010 | Buechele is Big 12 POW
Sophomore Garrett Buechele was named the Big 12 Player of the Week for games played through May 23 as voted on by media members covering the league office.
It marks the first career honor for the Arlington, Texas, native and the fourth by a Sooner this season after Jack Mayfield and Jeremy Erben were named pitchers of the week on May 10 and March 9, respectively, and Danny Black was named player of the week on May 3.
Buechele has hit safely in 26 of the last 28 games, including all five games last week to post a .522 batting average in the five Sooner victories. Buechele collected seven of his 12 hits in the weekend series at Kansas as the Sooners completed a three-game sweep of the Jayhawks to finish second in the Big 12 for the second straight year. Buechele hit .538 against KU and drove in five runs off two doubles and a homer, good for a .923 slugging percentage. Buechele also hit his 13th homer of the year against Kansas, his fourth in conference play.
The sophomore had multiple-hit games in all five contests last week and had RBIs in all but one outing, including four in the game two, series-clinching win on Saturday against Kansas. On top of sweeping Kansas on the road, Buechele and the No. 15 Sooners also upset No. 14 Arkansas on Tuesday. Buechele collected 20 total bases in the five games last week and posted a .870 slugging percentage. He also did not commit an error last week and is errorless in the last 38 games.
Buechele leads OU in batting average (.387), hits (82), doubles (15), runs (47) and RBIs (59) and ranks second in homers in 13. He ranks in the top 10 in six Big 12 statistics (batting average, homers, hits, RBIs, total bases and slugging percentage).
May 5, 2010 | Sooners Talk Bedlam
The No. 14 Sooners met with members of the media prior to Wednesday's practice in Norman at L. Dale Mitchell Park to discuss the upcoming Bedlam Series. Head coach Sunny Golloway, along with Garrett Buechele, Cameron Seitzer and Ryan Duke talked about the importance of this weekend's series against Oklahoma State and the atmosphere at the different venues.
Quotes from Wednesday's Practice
Notes on the Bedlam Series
The Bedlam Series, presented by Oklahoma Farm Bureau and The Oklahoman, is played each year between OU and Oklahoma State baseball at neutral sites, plays a huge part in giving each program bragging rights across the state and national prominence. The Sooners and Cowboys represent two of the most successful programs, not only in the Big 12 Conference, but also across the country.
The series is the only rivalry in Division I baseball that is played each year at neutral sites during the regular season. In 1986, the Sooners and Cowboys began battling at a neutral site at the All Sports Stadium in Oklahoma City.
In 1991, the series moved to Tulsa, Okla. at the Drillers Stadium (Class AA ballpark) for the series opener and the remaining two games were played at the All Sports Stadium. In 1999, games two and three were moved to the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark (Class AAA ballpark) in Oklahoma City. The facility, built in 1997, is also home to the Big 12 Championship and the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers).
The 2010 season marks the first game in the series at the brand new OneOK Field in downtown Tulsa. Click here to read more about the new home of the Tulsa Drillers.
The game in Tulsa is sold out, but tickets remain for games two and three in Oklahoma City. Call the OU Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-456-GoOU or the Redhawks office at 405-218-1000.
April 28, 2010 | Golloway Reaches Win No. 200
After 310 games at the helm of the Sooner program, head coach Sunny Golloway reached his 200th win at Oklahoma with a 14-0 blanking of Dallas Baptist on Tuesday night.
Golloway entered 2010 with a career .665 winning percentage, a mark that ranked 15th nationally among current head coaches. He has led OU to numerous firsts, milestones and postseason appearances.
Besides 200 wins since the end of the 2005 season, the Golloway era has featured a top 25 ranking in every season, two top three finishes in the Big 12, a regional championship, six All-America honors, 67 all-conference selections and the 2009 Johnny Bench Award winner and Big 12 Player of the Year in J.T. Wise.
The ultimate goal(s) for Golloway and the Sooners is to win the program's 26th conference title and make its 10th appearance at the College World Series. OU's last conference title came in 1997, while it made its last appearance in Omaha in 1995.
One of the goals was nearly accomplished in Golloway's first full year as the Sooners captured the 2006 Norman Regional Championship and were 11 outs away from advancing to Omaha, before then-No. 1 Rice won the third and final game of the Houston Super Regional.
Last year, the Sooners finished a half of a game behind Texas for first place in the Big 12 regular season standings, but still went on to earn the program's first national seed in the NCAA Tournament. OU also hosted its fourth regional in the last seven postseason appearances.
Four weekends remain in the 2010 regular season slate and OU, ranked as high as No. 15 this week with a 30-11 overall mark, is not far off the pace set by those two squads after 41 games. OU has equaled the start set by the 2009 club and is one game off the pace of the 2006 Sooners that were 31-10 and ended up third in the Big 12 standings.
With 15 games remaining, OU still has its goals ahead of them with a chance to position itself in the top three in the Big 12 standings for the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, while holding a top 15 national ranking in hopes of hosting another NCAA Regional in Norman.
Part of that final stretch begins this weekend as OU hosts No. 20 Kansas State in the final Big 12 home series of the season. While the Wildcats are ranked nationally, they present OU, which sits fourth in the standings, with another chance to move up in the Big 12 as they sit in second place.
The series begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m., while game two is slated for 5 p.m. on Saturday. Sunday's finale will get underway at 1 p.m.
April 26, 2010 | Replay of Sunday's win on FSN SW
On Monday, April 26 at 12 p.m. CT, a replay of the No. 17 Sooners' 10-2 win at Texas A&M on Sunday can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest (Cox Ch. 37 in OKC). Check local listings for coverage in your area of the replay.
The 10-2 win helped OU clinch a 2-1 series win and move into fourth place in the Big 12 standings with three series left in 2010 (Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Kansas). Click here for the current standings.
Sunday's win featured a career-high six RBIs from Danny Black, who cleared the bases with a double in the second inning and scored plated three runs with his second homer of the year in the fifth. Bobby Shore improved to 6-2 with seven strong innings on the mound.
OU (29-11 overall, 8-8 Big 12) begins a five-game home stand on Tuesday against Dallas Baptist at 7 p.m. It will be $.50 hot dog and coke night at L. Dale Mitchell Park while supplies last.
Over the weekend, the Sooners will host the final Big 12 home series of the season against a second place Kansas State team. Friday's opener is slated for a 6:30 p.m. first pitch at L. Dale Mitchell Park, while game two gets underway at 5 p.m. Sunday's finale is set to begin at 1 p.m.
April 21, 2010 | Golloway, OU featured on FSN.com
Head coach Sunny Golloway was recently featured on Fox Sports Southwest's web site with a question and answer session conducted by Steven Hunt. The interview took place prior to the Sooners' trip to Lubbock last weekend.
Preview of FSN Southwest interview:
University of Oklahoma head baseball coach Sunny Golloway knows a thing or two about what it's like to advance to the College World Series. Golloway was an assistant to Larry Cochell in 1994 when the Sooners won the national championship. Now in his sixth year as the Crimson and Cream's head coach, he has led OU to four regional finals and a top-25 ranking in each of his first five seasons in Norman. However, the one thing that has eluded him and his teams has been earning a trip to Omaha. He hopes that will all change this year as OU is currently ranked No. 11 in the country with a 25-8 overall record, including a 5-5 mark in Big 12 play.
Click here to read the entire interview.
April 19, 2010 | $.50 Hot Dogs and Cokes
On Tuesday, April 20, L. Dale Mitchell Park will host another $.50 hot dog and coke night as No. 11 Oklahoma hosts No. 10 TCU. Concessions are available while supplies last. The first 500 fans will receive OU baseball koozies.
Tickets are available by calling 800-456-GoOU.
Fan Appreciation Day(s) - Free Admission
Oklahoma will host two "Fan Appreciation Days" as the Sooners welcome Arkansas Little Rock on May 4 and Texas Southern on May 19. Both games will feature free admission for fans and get underway at 7 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The two games were added to the schedule after the two cancelled games against Baylor due to inclement weather.
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April 16, 2010 | Erben featured on FSN.com
Senior captain Jeremy Erben was recently featured on Fox Sports Southwest's web site with a question and answer session conducted by Steven Hunt. Erben and the Sooners are set to begin a three-game Big 12 series in Lubbock, Texas on Friday. Click here for the preview.
Preview of FSN Southwest interview:
For Oklahoma senior pitcher Jeremy Erben, his time as a Sooner is truly coming full circle. After spending one year at Weatherford College, the New Braunfels native was OU's Opening Day starter in 2008 as a sophomore. Last year, elbow problems forced him to miss the early part of the season but once he returned, he pitched strictly in relief, earning six wins with one save. However, this year, Erben returned to a starting role and made his first start on April 11 against Missouri. That was his first start since June 1, 2008 against Arizona State in the NCAA Tempe Regional. He has spent much of 2010 in relief and heading into this weekend's series at Texas Tech, he was 6-0 (tied for second in the Big 12) with a 2.61 ERA (seventh-best in the Big 12). Erben also had 44 strikeouts while walking only 11. He is slated to start for the Crimson and Cream on Sunday afternoon at Dan Law Field in Lubbock. Here's more from this 5-11 righthander.
Click here to read the entire interview.
April 7, 2010 | Promotions for Missouri Series
The OU Athletics Marketing Department has a number of promotions planned for this weekend's Big 12 baseball series with Missouri at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The No. 12 Sooners return to Norman fresh off a 4-2 win over No. 11 TCU on Tuesday night in Fort Worth. OU and Missouri will begin the three-game set on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Game two on Saturday will get underway at 2 p.m. and Sunday's finale is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch.
Series Sponsor: Oklahoma Army National Guard
First 250 kids will receive a Webkinz Lil Kinz pet
-First 1,000 fans will receive a free Oklahoma Baseball t-shirt and the team will sign autographs after the game (weather permitting).
-Home Run Club pregame party at 12:30 p.m. (members only) ... To join the Home Run Club and support OU baseball, contact the Sooner Club Office toll free at 1-866-Sooner Club or the OU baseball office at 405-325-8354.
First 500 fans will receive an OU mini bat and kids can run around the bases and play catch in the outfield after the game (weather permitting).
Tickets are available for purchase online at SoonerSports.com or by calling 800-456-GoOU.
March 29, 2010 | Five games in Five Days on TV
Fresh off a 2-1 series victory at Nebraska last weekend, the No. 12 Sooners (20-3, 3-1) will begin a five-game home stand this week. The action in Norman begins with a two-game set against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday and Wednesday with both games set for 7 p.m.
Following the midweek action, OU hosts a Big 12 series against No. 8 Texas (18-6, 4-2) on April 1-3 at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Games one and two are set for 6:30 p.m. first pitches while the finale is slated for a 2 p.m. start time.
All five games will be televised this week with the first four airing on the Sooner Sports Network. Cox Channel 3 in Oklahoma City and Tulsa will air the action on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday's series finale vs. Texas will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
Tuesday marks the third $.50 hot dog and coke night of the season ... On Wednesday, two lucky fans will win a free round of golf at Jimmie Austin G.C. ... The first 500 students on Thursday will receive a crimson t-shirt ... First 250 Fans on Friday will be given fan banners and Saturday is Military Appreciation Day along with rally towels for the first 500 fans and baseball camo keychains for 250 fans ... Tickets are on sale can be purchased online at SoonerSports.com or by calling 800-456-GoOU.
March 23, 2010 | Erben on Pitcher Watch List
Senior pitcher Jeremy Erben was named to the Pitcher of the Year watch list as presented by the College Baseball Foundation on Tuesday. This is the second year for the award and it will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, on July 2 as part of the College Baseball Awards Show.
One of three team captains, Erben is tied for the Big 12 lead with five wins, ranks second with a stingy 0.39 ERA, and has held opponents to a .175 batting average (third in the conference). The New Braunfels, Texas, native entered 2010 with a career 1-5 record but is already 5-0 this season in his nine appearances spanning 23 innings (four walks, 28 strikeouts).
College Baseball Foundation | Watch List (PDF)
All of the major conferences across the country have multiple representatives on the list, with the Pac 10 leading with nine. Erben is one of seven hurlers on the list reigning from the Big 12.
The College Baseball Awards Show is part of a nearly weeklong schedule of festivities sponsored by the College Baseball Foundation. The events also include the induction ceremony for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
March 17, 2010 | Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at LDM
The No. 13 Sooners close out a two-game series with UMass on Wednesday, March 17 at 7 p.m. and in honor of St. Patrick's Day, the first 500 fans will receive a free green OU baseball hat. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at L. Dale Mitchell Park or online at SoonerSports.com or by calling 800-456-GoOU.
The players and coaches will also be sporting green hats during Wednesday's game in celebration of the Irish holiday. In addition, the team will wear green helmets, gloves, belts and socks.
The Sooners had a similar look the last time they hosted a game on St. Patrick's Day back on March 17, 2007 when Michigan State was in town.
March 11, 2010 | Harrison Runner-Up in HR Derby
Freshman first baseman Drew Harrison finished as the runner-up in the 2010 Whataburger Collegiate Classic Home Run Derby on Thursday night at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. After four rounds, Harrison finished one home run shy of forcing a second sudden death with Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Matt Holland.
Two players from each team participated in the two preliminary rounds that featured five outs and Harrison, Holland and Mississippi State's Russ Snead advanced with five homers. OU's Ross Hubbard blasted three homers in the first two rounds.
Those three battled in the finals and Harrison and Holland forced a sudden death after each connected for one homer. A two-swing sudden death followed and Holland came out on top with one last dinger.
March 11, 2010 | HBU Interviews and Highlights
View highlights and postgame interviews following the Sooners' 9-1 win over Houston Baptist. Following Coach Golloway's comments, Max White, the player of the game, talks about his three-hit performance and is greeted with a sign of respect from his teammates with a shaving cream pie in the face.
Golloway on the win over HBU
White talks about his performance
March 8, 2010 | TV Games Start this Week
This Wednesday, March 10 marks the first of 19 home games set to be televised by the Sooner Sports Network on Cox Channel 7 in Oklahoma City (Ch. 3 in Tulsa) this season. The contest versus Houston Baptist is set for a 3:07 p.m. first pitch at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
In addition to the 19 home games, the finale of the Bedlam Series on May 9 will also be televised by the Sooner Sports Network at 4:05 p.m. Click here for the complete TV schedule on the SSN. The 19 homes games are also available on the World Wide Web on OU All-Access, the premium site on SoonerSports.com, allowing fans everywhere to view the games.
In addition, the No. 17 Sooners will have some nationally televised games, including two home contests. On Saturday, April 3, ESPNU will carry the third and final game of the Red River Rivalry with Texas.
On Saturday, April 10, versus Missouri, Fox Sports Southwest will carry the action live from Norman.
Two of the Sooners' road games can also be seen live. On Tuesday, April 6, the Mountain West Sports Network will carry the Sooners' action live at TCU in Fort Worth. Finally, on Sunday, April 25, OU's game at Texas A&M in College Station can be seen live on Fox College Sports.
March 3, 2010 | Tickets Available Online
Season and single-game tickets for the 2010 Oklahoma baseball and softball season are now available for purchase online. View complete pricing information and seating options, and order your tickets online by clicking the appropriate links below. We look forward to seeing you out at the ballpark this spring!
Baseball Ticket Info | Order Online
Feb. 24, 2010 | Fans can listen to Baseball Free
The OU Athletics Department was pleased to announce earlier this week that the internet audio provided for all Sooner baseball and softball games will be free in 2010.
Links to each game can be found on the OU baseball schedule page or by clicking here. The expanded coverage of the Sooners comes with the new partnership with Sports Talk KREF 1400 AM, OU baseball and softball's new flagship station in 2010.
Each of softball's 12 broadcasts will also be carried for free on SoonerSports.com.
All video webcasts provided for the 19 home games will still require a paid membership through Oklahoma All-Access, SoonerSports.com's premium site. Each of those 19 games, produced in high quality by SoonerVision, can also be viewed live on Cox Channel 7 in Oklahoma City and Cox Channel 3 in Tulsa.
Feb. 18, 2010 | Single Game Tickets on Sale
Single game tickets for all 2010 baseball and softball regular season home games go on sale Tuesday, March 2. To order tickets, click here or call (800) 456-GoOU.
Feb. 16, 2010 | OU Fourth in Big 12 Coaches' Poll
The No. 22 Oklahoma baseball team was picked fourth in the 2010 Big 12 Coaches' preseason poll released on Tuesday. The Sooners' projected finish is the highest under head coach Sunny Golloway and the best since a third-place vote in 2003.
Big 12 Coaches' Poll | Tuesday's Media Teleconference
"After being recognized in the top 25 in three of the four major polls, our program has clearly been complimented by the media and our peers around the country," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "All of the preseason polls, including the conference votes, can be used as motivation. I think after being picked sixth last year and finishing a half a game out of first, that exemplifies our attitude towards pursuing championships.
"Sometimes coach speak is about rebuilding years, after losing nine players to the draft, that could easily be the case this season. But we pride ourselves in being a program that can reload and contend for championships each year. This year can be a great barometer towards that fact."
OU finished last season at 43-20 and earned the program's first national seed, while it hosted a NCAA Regional for the third time in the last six years.
Feb. 15, 2010 | Sooners Host Annual Media Day
Baseball held its annual media day on Monday, Feb. 15 at L. Dale Mitchell Park. OU head coach Sunny Golloway addressed members of the media and discussed the upcoming 2010 season, which begins on Friday, Feb. 19 at San Diego State.
Sunny Golloway Quotes | Player Quotes | Photo Gallery
Following Coach Golloway's press conference, the team captains (Garrett Buechele, Jeremy Erben and Ross Hubbard) along with preseason All-American Ryan Duke, spoke to the local media outlets about the 2010 campaign.
Click the videos below to watch video footage of Coach Golloway and the players from media day.
Golloway previews the 2010 season
Buechele talks about the team's chemistry
Duke discusses the pitching staff's role
Hubbard touches on the offense
Erben on the Sooners' depth
Erben talks about some of the program's expectations
Feb. 12, 2010 | 2010 Baseball Media Guide
The official 2010 Oklahoma Baseball Media Guide is now available online. The 182-page book has been ranked in the top 10 nationally by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in recent years. The publication includes historical information as well as a preview of the 2010 season, player and coaches' bios and a review of the 2009 campaign.
Click here to access the guide available in PDF format.
Feb. 5, 2010 | Q&A with Coach Golloway
Head coach Sunny Golloway sat down with SoonerSports.com to discuss some topics leading into the 2010 season. Golloway breaks down some of the club's strengths and weaknesses, what players to watch in 2010 and building upon the tradition of Sooner baseball.
Click here to access the Q&A session.
Feb. 5, 2010 | Depth Chart Released
The season begins two weeks from today and the Sooner Baseball Blog has a projected depth chart for 2010. OU returns up to five position starters that saw time a season ago in 20 or more starts, including 2009 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Garrett Buechele at third base. Also included in that group is Casey Johnson (LF), Chris Ellison (OF), Tyler Ogle (DH/C) and Cameron Seitzer (1B/DH).
Click here to see who will potentially start at each position on opening day.
Feb. 2, 2010 | NCBWA Slots Sooners at No. 25
The NCBWA announced on Monday evening that Oklahoma will start the 2010 slate ranked No. 25 in its preseason poll.
The Sooners have appeared in three of the four major polls with their highest mark at No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll. OU is also No. 25 as released by Collegiate Baseball.
OU is the only other Big 12 school, besides No. 1 Texas, to appear in any of the top 25 polls. The NCBWA ranks 35 teams in the preseason and Texas A&M (No. 28), Kansas (No. 33) and Kansas State (No. 34) rounded things out for the conference.
Click here for the complete NCBWA preaseason poll.
Jan. 30, 2010 | Duke Named to Stopper List
Junior Ryan Duke was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year preseason watch list earlier this week. Duke is one of 40 hurlers on the list as he headlines the OU pitching staff in 2010 as a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA. He is the first Sooner since David Purcey in 2003, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, to appear on a preseason All-America list.
Duke Bio | NCBWA Watch List
Duke was named a third team All-American by the NCBWA last season after he led the Big 12 with 16 saves and ranked sixth in the nation in 2009. He is one of five Big 12 closers on the 2010 watch list.
His save total is the second highest in school history behind Jeff Bajenaru's 20 recorded in 2000 and he ranks third all-time for saves in a career. Even more impressive, 10 of his conversions came in Big 12 play, a conference best a year ago.
Duke and the Sooners were recently tabbed No. 22 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
Jan. 28, 2010 | Sooners Shoot Intro Video
The 2010 baseball team shot the intro video for the upcoming season on Saturday, Jan. 23 at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Last year, OU debuted a new state-of-the-art video/scoreboard in left field and treated fans to the program's first intro video as well as video mug shots, in-game features and other promotions throughout the season. Saturday's action took place primarily in the Sooners' locker room and dugout while highlights from last season will also be used in the video from the Sooner Vision studio.
Click the links below to view a brief behind the scenes look at Saturday's shoot as well as last Thursday's action from Sooner Vision where the players shot the video mugs and sang "Oklahoma," which produced the blooper reel at the end of the clip.
Behind the scenes look at Saturday's shoot
Jan. 23, 2010 | Sooner Baseball Blog Begins
Throughout the 2010 season, the Sooner Baseball Blog will provide weekly information on the team, including a behind the scenes look at all of the daily occurences that help the program operate.
Stay tuned to SoonerSports.com for more updates on the OU baseball team.