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July 6, 2011 | Congrats to Mike Bell as Search Continues
Assistant Coach Mike Bell, who completed his fourth season at OU in 2011, returned to Florida State, his alma mater, on June 27. Bell will work with the Seminoles' pitchers, a position he played at FSU in the 1994 and 1995 College World Series.

While the Sooners' search to find a replacement continues, head coach Sunny Golloway expressed his gratitude for Bell and his efforts over the last four years. 

"I want to thank Mike and his family for all their contributions made during their time at OU," said Golloway. "He clearly helped our program grow and we are excited for his return to his alma mater."  

During his first season, Bell helped OU return to the NCAA tournament in 2008. In 2009, the program earned its' first national seed in the postseason tourney and in 2010, the team returned to the College World Series for the first time since 1995. In addition, Bell helped mentor a 2010 staff that had a school-record 583 strikeouts. In 2011, the pitchers combined to post a 3.00 earned run average, the lowest since 1978 (2.66). Thirteen hurlers were drafted from OU in Bell's tenure, including 2009 first round pick Garrett Richards.

"When there became an opening for the pitching coach position at Florida State, I knew there was a good chance we could lose Mike," added Golloway, who also coached Bell in the Alaska Baseball League in 1993-94. "However, instead of trying to talk him into staying, we celebrated the opportunity for him and his family to return home.

"We are not only losing a good coach, but an even better friend and we wish him the best of luck. We will look to fill our open position with another quality coach that will help this program continue to move in a positive direction."


June 8, 2011 | Washington is 10th Signee Drafted in 2011
Ty Washington was the 10th and final Oklahoma signee taken in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft during the third and final day on Wednesday.

10 of the Sooners' 17 signees, and a program-best 11 of the current players, were drafted over the last three days.

Washington (5-10, 165) is an infielder from Plano East H.S. The
Richardson, Texas, native was drafted in the 43rd round (1315 overall) by the Cincinnati Reds.


June 8, 2011 | Okert is First Signee Taken on Day Three
Steven Okert was the latest Oklahoma signee taken in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft during the third and final day on Wednesday.

Okert (6-3, 215) is a left-handed pitcher from Grayson County College. He was drafted in the 33rd round (1001st overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers.


June 7, 2011 | Sawyer is Eighth Signee Drafted
Nick Sawyer was the last Oklahoma signee taken on day two in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.

Sawyer (5-10, 180) is a right-handed pitcher from Howard College. He was drafted in the 29th round (894th overall) by the Texas Rangers.


June 7, 2011 | Four More Signees Drafted
Oklahoma signees Clayton Blackburn, Adam Choplick, Hunter Lockwood and Nick Lee were selected Tuesday in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

Blackburn (6-2, 210), a right-handed pitcher from Edmond Santa Fe H.S. in Oklahoma, was taken in the 16th round (507th overall) by the San Francisco Giants.

Choplick (6-8, 245), a left-handed hurler from Denton Ryan H.S. in Texas, was picked in the 17th round (514th overall) by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Lockwood (5-11, 189), a catcher from Lawrence Dale Bell H.S. in Texas, was drafted in the 17th round (525th overall) by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Lee, a left-handed pitcher from Weatherford College and a native of San Antonio, Texas, was selected in the 18th round (547th overall) by the Washington Nationals.


June 7, 2011 | Hope is Third Signee Drafted in 2011
Oklahoma signee Mason Hope (6-3, 185), a right-handed pitcher from Broken Arrow H.S. in Oklahoma was taken No. 163 overall by the Florida Marlins on Tuesday in the fifth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

Hope joins fellow signee and high school teammate Archie Bradley, who was taken No. 7 overall on Monday, and Adrian Houser (Locust Grove H.S.), who was taken in the second round by Houston, as the three Sooners drafted that signed NLIs for the 2012 season.

Hope was coached by Shannon Dobson at Broken Arrow H.S.
where he was 9-2 with a save in 2010, with a 1.31 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 64 innings pitched. In Baseball America's latest rankings, Hope was the 127th prospect and was projected by Perfect Game as a high-round pick (rounds 4-10).



June 7, 2011 | OU Recruit Houser Taken in 2nd Round
Oklahoma signee Adrian Houser (6-3, 200), a right-handed pitcher from Locust Grove H.S. in Oklahoma was taken No. 69 overall by the Houston Astros on Tuesday in the second round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

Houser is coached by Mike Houser at Locust Grove H.S.
and in 2010, he registered 93 strikeouts in 53 innings and had a 0.79 ERA and hit .452 with eight homers. He was projected by Perfect Game as a high-round pick (rounds 4-10) and was rated by Baseball America as the 135th prospect in the 2011 draft.


June 6, 2011 | OU Recruit Drafted Early in First Round
Oklahoma signee Archie Bradley (6-4, 225), a two-sport star in baseball and football at Broken Arrow High School under former Sooner Shannon Dobson, was taken No. 7 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.

Bradley, who had an impressive 0.34 ERA and .140 opponent batting average to go along with 116 strikeouts in 61 1/3 innings midway through the state playoffs, was rated as the No. 12 midseason overall prospect by Baseball America. The right-hander is also the fifth high school player on the list and comes in at No. 15 on Perfect Game Crosschecker's most recent rankings.

In 2010, he helped lead Broken Arrow to the state championship game and finished the campaign at 7-5 with a 1.46 ERA. He also recorded 109 strikeouts and a .197 opponent batting average in 67 1/3 innings pitched


June 3, 2011 | ESPN.com's Inside the Program Part VI
Each month throughout the 2011 season, ESPN.com will talk to the Sooner coaches, support staff and players and help provide insight into what it takes to become an elite program.

For the sixth installment, ESPN.com's David Ubben chronicled and shot video of a day in the life of NCAA postsesaon baseball. Ubben spent the day with the Sooners as they played Texas Tech on May 26 in the Big 12 Championship.

Below is an excerpt from the article as well as links to the previous installments, click here to read the current feature and watch the video:

College baseball's postseason is not complex from one perspective: Win and the road remains simple.

But lose? That same road quickly lengthens from underneath any team that wakes up in the loser's bracket needing to win as many as three additional games to win a regional, or the Big 12 tournament, in Oklahoma's case.

A loss to Kansas State the day before means an early morning for the Sooners. First pitch is 12:30 p.m. in a loser-goes-home matchup with Texas Tech.

But between the time the breakfast plates are clean and the bus is loaded up? A little downtime.

ESPN.com's Inside the Program:
Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V


June 2, 2011 | Raley Has Postseason Experience at OU
Behind head coach Sunny Golloway, fourth-year coach Russell Raley has experienced more postseason baseball in a Sooner uniform than anyone in the Oklahoma dugout.

The Uvalde, Texas, native began his Sooner career without making the postseason in 2003, but now he has seen OU return to the top of college baseball by hosting four NCAA Regionals, while making two Super Regional appearances and a trip to Omaha in 2010.

After lettering four years at OU (2003-2006), Raley returned to Norman after a professional playing career to help coach the Sooners with Golloway and company. Raley played in three NCAA Regionals in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and helped lead OU to the program's first Super Regional appearance in 2006 as a senior. Raley and the Sooners were 8-7 during his career in the NCAA tournament.

Now, as a coach, Raley has helped OU to four straight postseason appearances with the 2011 NCAA Fort Worth Regional and a 10-7 mark. Included in that span was another first, as the Sooners returned to Omaha and the College World Series in 2010 for the first time since 1995.

On Friday, Raley will put on the Sooner uniform for his 33rd NCAA tournament game as OU battles Dallas Baptist at 2 p.m.

View video below as SoonerVision talks to Coach Raley about his experience at OU, both as a player and coach.




June 2, 2011 | Sooners Meet Media in Fort Worth
Head coach Sunny Golloway and senior Michael Rocha and junior Caleb Bushyhead met with members of the media on Thursday following OU's practice session at Lupton Stadium. OU practiced for just over an hour in preparation for its opener in the NCAA Fort Worth Regional on Friday at 2 p.m. against Dallas Baptist.

Video Click here to watch the video from today's press conference.

Below is the transcript from the press conference, click here to read more from TCU, DBU and ORU:

Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway
On Oklahoma's appearance in the Fort Worth Regional
"We are extremely excited to be representing the University of Oklahoma and all of our students-athletes here in the Fort Worth Regional. It's an outstanding field and will be a great weekend of competition because of the level of student-athletes. We are disappointed that we are not at home, clearly, as we hosted the last two years, but the good Lord, we felt, if he wasn't going to keep us at home, he was at least going to keep us close. Why I feel that's important is for our fans. It gives our fans a chance to come down and watch us continue to compete. Our fans have been such a big part of our recent tradition of getting to Omaha, hosting regionals and being ranked nationally. They do such a great job of supporting student-athletes that it's exciting it

On his team's familiarity with the Regional's other three teams
"We have a familiarity with each of the teams. We have played everyone except Oral Roberts, but we played them in our Regional last year. I think that will come into play strategically at some point, what that means we won't know until it happens. It's going to be an exciting week. Clearly we will have a champion leave that is going to be very worthy of competing in a Super Regional to get to Omaha. I can say it before we throw the first pitch, I clearly hope the champion that gets to this regional gets to Omaha."

On the importance of that familiarity
"I think it makes it easier. You scramble so hard, all of a sudden if you were traveling to an Oregon State playing three teams you haven't played (makes it difficult). There are still things you have to update. Everybody has someone who has gotten hot. Everyone has adjusted their lineups or pitching staffs due to injuries.  There is probably less preparation, but you still spend the same amount of time digging for something extra. At some point it's just about student-athletes going out and playing. We recognize that at Oklahoma. We didn't have anything special in our scouting report last year. Our guys just went out and performed and made it to Omaha. At some point you have to get out of their way and let them play."

Oklahoma junior infielder Caleb Bushyhead
On difficulty of scoring runs
"I don't think it's going to be any different for us than all year for us. We're just going to have to come out and really swing it well. Some guys are going to have to come through big for us, and we're just going to have to go out and play our game, play small ball, get the ball in play and play like we always do."

On changing strategy expecting to play in tighter games in the postseason
"I think it puts a lot more pressure on the defense. You need to go out there and perform defensively. Bunt coverages and all that, you need to shore up all of the little parts of your game. Bunt coverages, being able to run (pick-off) plays, just being really solid defensively has become a lot bigger this year than last year because games have become a lot tighter. With postseason, the pressure and all that, we just need to be able to go out with confidence and do it."

Oklahoma senior pitcher Michael Rocha
On his experience from OU's previous meeting this season vs. DBU
"Our pitching coach (Mike Bell) makes us do a lot of chart work--where pitches are, what kind of pitches batters swing at--so throughout the entire year we pay a lot of attention to the teams we play. You never know when it's going to help down the road, and obviously here it is going to help."


May 29, 2011 | Oklahoma Misses Third Straight Host
Despite an impressive resume that included 40 regular season wins and a third-place finish in the Big 12 standings, No. 12 Oklahoma (41-17) was not selected on Sunday as one of 16 sites selected to host next week's NCAA Regionals.

Click here to see the 16 host schools, including four opponents from the 2011 slate in Arizona State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M.

The Sooners have hosted each of the past two seasons and three out of the last six years (hosted in 2006). If awarded their 34th NCAA appearance tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. CT on ESPN, OU will be on the road for the first time since 2008 in the Tempe Regional.

Stay tuned to SoonerSports.com for more information on the Sooners' postseason fate, including reactions from the coaches and players.


May 22, 2011 | Sooners Clinch No. 3 Seed
Despite a series loss at Baylor over the weekend, the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners remained in third place in the Big 12 standings thanks to Texas Tech winning two out of three games at home against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are seeded fourth and will play the fifth seed, Baylor, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning on the first day of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

Meanwhile, the Sooners have to wait for the final game on Sunday to be finished to scout their next opponent. Texas Tech currently sits in sixth place, but if Kansas State defeats Kansas in the third and final game of their series, the Wildcats will slide into that sixth slot. Click here to follow the remainder of the game.

The Sooners will face either the Red Raiders or Wildcats in the first game of the double elimination format on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Redhawks Field at Bricktown.

OU swept Texas Tech at home this season and dropped two games at Kansas State.

The tournament returns to double elimination after five years of pool play competition. OU was seeded second last season and posted a 2-1 mark with wins over Kansas and Kansas State (lost to Baylor).

Tickets for the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship may be purchased by calling the Oklahoma City RedHawks Box Office at (405) 218-1000 or online at www.ticketreturn.com. For more information, please visit www.Big12Sports.com and www.okcallsports.org.


May 18, 2011 | Sooners on Baylor and Postseason
The No. 7 Sooners conclude the 2011 regular season next week with a three-game Big 12 series at Baylor. The series opener is slated for Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Waco, Texas. Friday's game is also set for 6:30 p.m. and Saturday's finale is slated for 3 p.m.

While OU sits in third place in the Big 12 standings, the seeds for the Big 12 Championship next week are still up in the air from top to bottom.

View video below from Tuesday's practice as head coach Sunny Golloway and seniors Michael Rocha and Casey Johnson talk to the media about Baylor and the upcoming postseason.




May 17, 2011 | ESPN.com's Inside the Program Part V
Each month throughout the 2011 season, ESPN.com will talk to the Sooner coaches, support staff and players and help provide insight into what it takes to become an elite program.

For the fifth installment, ESPN.com's Lauren Reynolds spoke to senior ace Michael Rocha about his final regular season home game and his four years at Oklahoma.

Below is an excerpt from the article as well as links to the previous installments, click here to read the current feature:

It wasn't really an end; there are still more games to be played. But Friday marked another milestone in a career full of them: Michael Rocha's final regular-season home start.

The win moved Rocha into sole possession of third place on Oklahoma's career wins list, displacing Ray Hayward. He trails former first-round draft picks and major leaguers Bob Shirley and Mark Redman.


ESPN.com's Inside the Program:
Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV


May 12, 2011 | Golloway on Seniors and New Mexico
The No. 8 Sooners open a four-game series with non-conference foe New Mexico on Friday at 6:30 p.m. OU will also host the Lobos in a doubleheader Saturday (3 p.m. and 6 p.m.) and conclude the set on Sunday at 1 p.m.

While OU looks to post another strong finish to the regular season and earn its third straight NCAA Regional host bid, this Sunday marks the final regular season home game for 10 Sooner seniors.

View video below from Thursday's practice as head coach Sunny Golloway talks to the media about the senior class, New Mexico and the upcoming postseason.




May 10, 2011 | Two Weekends left in Regular Season
The No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners (35-13 overall, 13-9 Big 12) have seven games remaining in the regular season, starting this weekend with a four-game non-conference series with visiting New Mexico.

OU concludes the regular season at Baylor on May 19-21 before beginning the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship (double elimination) in OKC on May 25-29.

The Sooners have won nine of the last 11 games, including the last five contests, and have equaled their overall win total from last season after 48 games at 35-13. OU is also one game better than last year's pace in conference play at 13-9.

Below is a look at this year's stats and records compared to 2010 after 48 games.


Stat
2011
2010
W-L
35-13
35-13
Big 12
13-9
12-10
Avg.
.322
.311
Hits
530
518
Runs
366
381
Homers
37
73
ERA
3.09
3.83

May 6, 2011 | Rocha on Pitcher of the Year List
Three days after being added to the Golden Spikes midseason watch list, senior captain Michael Rocha was selected to another listing. On Friday, May 6 The College Baseball Hall of Fame announced Rocha as one of the 25 quarterfinalists for the 2011 Pitcher of the Year Award.

A two-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Week in 2011, Rocha leads the conference with four complete games. He is also third in the Big 12 with eight wins and second with 83.1 innings pitched. Rocha also ranks third in conference with a 1.51 ERA and fourth with a .200 opponent-batting average (10th with 63 strikeouts).


May 3, 2011 | Rocha Added to Golden Spikes Watch List
Senior pitcher Michael Rocha was named to the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday.

Rocha joins Garrett Buechele, who was a preseason nominee, as the two Sooners looking to appear on the semifinal list of 30 players announced on May 31.

The award presentation will air live at 6 p.m. ET on "MLB Tonight" on Friday, July 15. The three finalists for the award will be at MLB Network's studios for the presentation, which will feature interviews, video highlights and ultimately the announcement of the winner of the GSA.

Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The award is sponsored by Major League Baseball and presented each year to the player who best exhibits exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship.

A two-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Week in 2011, Rocha leads the conference with four complete games. He is also third in the Big 12 with eight wins and second with 83.1 innings pitched. Rocha also ranks third in conference with a 1.51 ERA and fourth with a .200 opponent-batting average (10th with 63 strikeouts).

April 28, 2011 | ESPN.com's Inside the Program Part IV
Each month throughout the 2011 season, ESPN.com will talk to the Sooner coaches, support staff and players and help provide insight into what it takes to become an elite program.

For the fourth installment, ESPN.com's Lauren Reynolds spoke to junior catcher Tyler Ogle, his sister Mandy Ogle, who is a freshman catcher for the Texas softbal team, and their parents and discovered how the family supports both rivals.

Both the Sooner baseball and softball teams face off against each other this weekend in Austin.

Below is an excerpt from the article as well as links to the previous installments, click here to read the current feature:

This weekend, Pat and husband Dan will occupy a unique space in the history of the Red River Rivalry: they'll be in Austin to cheer on both the Longhorns and the Sooners. In baseball, the No. 13 Sooners (30-11, 9-7) are looking to extend their four-game winning streak against the No. 5 Longhorns (31-10, 13-5). And on the softball field, the No. 3 Horns (43-4, 12-0) will attempt to protect their perfect Big 12 record against the No. 14 Sooners (34-15, 7-7).

ESPN.com's Inside the Program:
Part I | Part II | Part III


April 27, 2011 | Video: OU Ready for Challenge at Texas
The Sooners improved to 30-11 overall Tuesday night with a 7-4 win at No. 7 TCU. OU faces another top 10 challenge this weekend at Texas. The Longhorns (31-10, 13-5) enter the series ranked as high as No. 4 and sit in second place in the Big 12 standings.

The Sooners are ranked as high as No. 10 this week and sit in third place in the conference standings at 9-7 after winning a Big 12 series at home with Nebraska.

View video below from Wednesday's practice from head coach Sunny Golloway, Caleb Bushyhead, Tyler Ogle and Michael Rocha as they discusss the team's recent play and heading to Austin this weekend.




April 21, 2011 | Video: Sooners Focused on Nebraska
The Sooners improved to 27-11 overall Wednesday night, the same record as last season at this point, and look towards this weekend's series with Nebraska (25-14, 5-7 Big 12).

Despite the Sooners' recent struggles, they still find themselves in the top half of the Big 12 standings at 7-7 and ahead of last year's pace in league play. After 14 conference games in 2010, the Sooners were 6-8 after dropping a series-opener in College Station, Texas, to the Aggies. However, OU rallied with a 13-inning win on Saturday and a series clincher on Sunday to propel them on a hot streak to close out the year.

On Wednesday night, OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway and juniors Garrett Buechele and Cameron Seitzer talked about the team's focus on the final month of the season. View video from Wednesday's postgame from Coach Golloway, Buechele and Seitzer.




April 19, 2011 | NCBWA Tabs Ogle National POW
One day after collecting his first Big 12 Conference Player of the Week award, junior catcher Tyler Ogle was named the NCBWA Pro-Line Athletic National Player of the Week on Tuesday. Rice freshman right-hander John Simms was named National Pitcher of the Week. The NCBWA Board reviews candidates from each Division I Conference each week and names winners each Tuesday throughout the season. 

Ogle was also named the national player of the week by the College Baseball Foundation, collegebaseball360.com and collegebaseballinsider.com.

In four games last week, Ogle put together an impressive resume that included a.647 (11-for-17) batting average with one double, three homers, eight runs scored and 11 RBIs against No. 9 TCU and No. 18 Oklahoma State.  Ogle also slugged at a 1.235 clip with a .650 on-base percentage (walk and HBP) and a 1.000 fielding percentage behind the plate.

In 2011, Ogle is hitting .367 (fifth in the Big 12) in 2011 and ranks second on the team with 31 RBIs. He is tied for third in the Big 12 with seven homers with Garrett Buechele, and has hit safely in 11 of the last 12 games with six multi-hit games.


April 14, 2011 | Golloway on Bedlam
Following the 13-6 win over TCU on Tuesday night, OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway talked about the importance of taking that momentum into this weekend against No. 18 Oklahoma State.

Golloway also talked about the rivarly featuring two top 25 teams again. View video from Tuesday's postgame from Coach Golloway.




April 13, 2011 | A Closer Look at the Bedlam Rivalry
The Bedlam Series, presented by Oklahoma Farm Bureau, played each year between OU and Oklahoma State at neutral sites, plays a huge part in giving each program bragging rights across the state and national prominence, especially those players that grew up in the state.

The series is the only rivalry in Division I baseball that is played each year at neutral sites during the regular season. In 2010, the two added a fourth game that is played at campus sites and counted as a non-conference game.

Sunny Golloway has coached in 49 Bedlam games as an assistant coach and head coach at OU with a 23-26 in those games. Frank Anderson has been a part of 25 Bedlam games since taking over OSU in 2004 (14-11).

While OU has more in-state players (12-9), the Cowboys have more experience in number of games played in the series among those players (22-20).

Click here for a look at how the Sooners have fared in their careers vs. the Cowboys.

Below is a breakdown of the in-state players and their Bedlam game experience, click on each link for a complete bio:

BEDLAM EXPERIENCE:

OU
GP
OSU
GP
49
Coach Anderson
25
5
D. Duren
8
5
M. Ginther
8
C. Ellison
4
A. Heaney
3
4
R. McCurry
2
1
S. Saxon*
1
1
C. Byford
0
0
D. Edwards
0
0
J. Neilson
0
0
H. Wilda
0
0
0
0
12 Players
20
9 players
22

* indicates freshman

April 11, 2011 | Fox College Sports Picks up April 24
The Big 12 Conference announced that an additional OU home game will be televised nationally by Fox College Sports. The network added the April 24 game vs. Nebraska at L. Dale Mitchell Park, set for a 1 p.m. first pitch.

The game is the sixth national/regional broadcast on the slate this season and the 21st overall (15 games on Cox Ch. 3 in OKC and Tulsa). That includes all four games this week, starting on Tuesday on the Sooner Sports Network (Cox Ch. 3/703 in OKC and Tulsa). All three Bedlam Series games will also be on Cox Ch. 3 and 703.

Click here for the televised games on 2011 schedule, marked by the "TV" icon.


April 8, 2011 | ESPN.com's Inside the Program Part III
Each month throughout the 2011 season, ESPN.com will talk to the Sooner coaches, support staff and players and help provide insight into what it takes to become an elite program.

For the third installment, ESPN.com's Lauren Reynolds focuses on the Sooners' use of social media and how it helps connect them closer to the fans. The article even includes an interview conducted on Twitter with some of the players.

Below is an excerpt from the article, click here to read the entire feature:

How better to conduct a story on social media than on Twitter? ESPNU.com chatted with Oklahoma juniors Caleb Bushyhead (@calebbushyhead) and Tyler Ogle (@TylerOgle35), about the role of social media. As Twitter is a public forum, we were quickly joined by Sooners preseason All-American Garrett Buechele (@GarrettBuechele), senior pitcher Ryan Duke (@ryanduke17), junior JC transfer Evan Mistich (@EvanMistich9) and the aforementioned @Sunny_2Pencil.


April 6, 2011 | Bedlam Reaction, KSU Preview
Following the 8-3 Bedlam win on Tuesday night, OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway, freshman left-hander Dillon Overton, and All-American Garrett Buechele talked about the win and preparing for this weekend's series at Kansas State.

View video from yesterday's postgame from Coach Golloway, Overton and Buechele:




April 5, 2011 | Bedlam and Rest of Cox Games in HD
Cox Communications of Oklahoma has notified officials at OU that it will begin carrying its telecasts of Sooner Athletics in High Definition.  The change pertains to those events produced by OU's SoonerVision, which converted to HD more than one year ago.

"This is something we've been working on with Cox and we really have to give the staff there a lot of credit along with our multi-media rights holder, Sooner Sports Properties," said Brandon Meier, the athletics department's executive director of video production.  "This change will substantially improve the picture that viewers see and allow us to maximize the control room that we built at the stadium in conjunction with the new HD video boards."

The first game to air in HD will be tonight's OU-OSU baseball game from Norman.  It will be shown on Cox 703 in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

At the same time, the games will continue to appear on Cox 3 in both markets in standard definition.

This spring, SoonerVision is producing a combination of 23 baseball, softball and gymnastics telecasts for Cox.  Including tonight's game, there are 10 remaining.


April 4, 2011 | Golloway, Buechele talk Bedlam
OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway and junior All-American Garrett Buechele talk about the rivalry with Oklahoma State and the addition of the midweek game.

The Sooners host the first Bedlam game on the OU campus since 1996 on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. The game against Oklahoma State is a non-conference clash and will be covered on the Sooner Sports Network on radio (KREF 1400 AM) and television (Cox Ch. 3 in OKC and Tulsa). OU made the trek to Stillwater last season and lost 7-6.

View video from yesterday's postgame from Coach Golloway and Buechele on Oklahoma State:




March 31, 2011 | Golloway and Mistich Meet Media
OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway and junior Evan Mistich met with members of the media on Thursday to talk about the upcoming Texas Tech series. Mistich, a junior college transfer, also talked about his time so far in Norman.

The No. 7 Sooners (19-6, 2-3 Big 12) and Texas Tech (17-8, 4-2) begin the three-game series on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

View video below from today's media session prior to practice.




March 28, 2011 | Golloway on Arkansas
OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway talks about the renewed rivalry with Arkansas and the postseason implications the series has produced in recent years.

View video from yesterday's postgame from Coach Golloway on Arkansas:




March 23, 2011 | Sooners Talk with the Media
OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway and Caleb Bushyhead met with local members of the media to discuss the team's recent games and the upcoming road series at Missouri.

The Sooners and Tigers begin a three-game set in Columbia on Friday at 6 p.m.

View some excerpts from the interviews below:




March 22, 2011 | Big 12 Champ. Tickets on Sale
Tickets for the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship are on sale. The championship returns to a double-elimination format this year and will be held at RedHawks Field in downtown Oklahoma City from May 25-29.

The competition will consist of two, four-team brackets with the winners facing off in the championship game on Sunday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m. The first game begins at 9:00 a.m. on May 25, and the games continue until the championship game at 1:00 p.m. May 29.

All-session tickets are valid throughout the championship, and prices range from $87 for terrace reserved to $117 for field box seating to $202 for club-level seats. A limited number of weekend passes are also available starting at $67. All-session tickets include all games, including the if-necessary games, totaling 15 games. Single-session tickets will be available the week of the event.

Tickets for the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship may be purchased by calling the Oklahoma City RedHawks Box Office at (405) 218-1000 or online at www.ticketreturn.com. For more information, please visit www.Big12Sports.com and www.okcallsports.org.


March 21, 2011 | Big 12 Spotlight on Bushyhead
Last weekend, No. 2 Oklahoma not only received its shortstop back in Caleb Bushyhead, but a leader on the field.

The junior from Mannford, Okla., hit .327 during the Sooners' 2010 run to the College World Series and was the only player to participate in all 68 games.

During fall practices, Bushyhead suffered an ACL injury that required surgery and an intensive rehabilatation process.

After missing the first 15 games of 2011, Bushyhead has started each of the last seven games at short, and is one of the team's leading hitters after the first weekend of conference play.

Big12Sports.com recently ran a spotlight on Bushyhead and his amazing, and speedy recovery to the field.

Below is an excerpt from the article, as written by Ben Coldagelli, a sophomore at the University of Okahoma.

Click here to read the full article.

Bushyhead tore his ACL during individual workouts on Sept. 7 while fielding double plays in practice. Jumping to avoid the runner, the junior came down on the center of the bag and immediately knew something was wrong.


March 14, 2011 | Sooners Prep for Busy Week
One day after hosting a three-game series with Arkansas-Little Rock, OU travels to Tempe, Ariz., on Monday to start a two-game series with No. 9 Arizona State.

The two-game midweek set begins on Tuesday, March 15 at 8:30 p.m. CT.  Game two is slated for an 8:30 p.m. first pitch on Wednesday, March 16 and will be televised by FSN Arizona.  After the midweek games, OU returns home to begin Big 12 play against No. 14 Texas A&M (March 18-20).

View an interview with Coach Golloway as he shares his thoughts on the challenging week.




March 8, 2011 | Sooners Off to Impressive Start
The No. 2 Sooners played 14 games in 17 days in the first three weeks of the season. One quarter of the regular season is already in the books and OU finds itself as the only undefeated team in Division I baseball at 14-0.

OU's 14-0 start to the season is the best in program history, topping the 12-0 start set by the 1998 Sooners. The 14-game winning streak is also the longest in the Sunny Golloway era, and the longest since OU rattled off 19 straight in 1985.

While a lot of talk in the offseason centered around the new BBCOR bats and offensive production projected to be down, OU is ahead of last year's pace at this point in the season in nearly every offensive category, in addition to featuring an improved ERA.

The impressive numbers can certainly be attributed to the experience of OU's club, as the Sooners returned all but just a handful of players from last year's 50-18 club.

Take a look at OU's offensive numbers below as compared with the 2010 CWS team.


Stat
2011
2010
W-L
14-0
13-1
Avg.
.383
.328
Hits
189
156
Runs
152
111
Homers
17
20
ERA
2.76
3.34


March 8, 2011 | USA Baseball Spotlight on Buechele
Garrett Buechele was recently featured by Baseball America's Aaron Fitt in the USA Baseball/Golden Spikes Award spotlight.

Below is an excerpt from the piece, click here to read the full story.

Don't try telling Garrett Buechele that the new bats are depressing power numbers. Through three weeks, Oklahoma's junior third baseman has five home runs -- more than No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Texas, No. 6 Cal State Fullerton, No. 11 Virginia and No. 13 UCLA combined. He has as many homers as No. 9 Arizona State and No. 10 Clemson have each hit as a team.


March 7, 2011 | Sooners No. 2 and No. 3 in Polls
Three of the four major polls have been released on Monday and the Sooners (14-0) jumped to the No. 2 spot in the USA Today/Coaches' poll.

OU remained in the No. 2 spot as released by Collegiate Baseball and is still No. 3 as ranked by Baseball America.

Collegiate Baseball | Baseball America | USA Today/Coaches'

The No. 2 regular season ranking is the highest by an OU team since 1985, when the Sooners were also No. 2 on April 15, as ranked by Baseball America. That season also saw Oklahoma climb to the No. 1 spot two weeks earlier, while enjoying a top five rank on five other occasions that year.

MISC NOTES
In the five road games last week, OU outscored the opposition 33-12 ... The Sooners received back-to-back complete games on Thursday and Friday from seniors Michael Rocha (shutout) and Bobby Shore (one run), respectively ... Junior Burch Smith followed Rocha and Shore with 7 1/3 innings (two earned runs) on Saturday vs. No. 14 Cal ... Garrett Buechele has nine multi-RBI games in 2011 and nine multi-hit games ... Buechele leads the Big 12 with a .492 batting average, 23 RBIs, 29 hits and five homers ... OU hit two home runs on Sunday giving them 17 on the season, a Big 12 best ... It also marked the fifth multi-homer game of the year for the Sooners ... OU leads the Big 12 in batting average (.383), hits (189), runs (152) and home runs (17), while ranking third in earned run average (2.76) ... OU has three of the five complete games thrown in the Big 12 this year.


March 2, 2011 | Texas Tech Game on ESPNU
The Sooners' home game against Texas Tech on April 2 will be televised live from L. Dale Mitchell Park at 7 p.m.

Overall, 18 games will be televised in 2011, including three other national/regional broadcasts.

Fox Sports Southwest
April 30 - at Texas (11:30 a.m.)
May 7 - Kansas (2 p.m.)

ESPNU
May 1 - at Texas (1 p.m.)

Click here for the remainder of the television schedule which includes 13 games on the Sooner Sports Network (Cox Ch. 3 in OKC and Tulsa).


Feb. 28, 2011 | ESPN.com's Inside the Program Part II
Each month throughout the 2011 season, ESPN.com will talk to the Sooner coaches, support staff and players and help provide insight into what it takes to become an elite program.

For the second installment, ESPN.com's Lauren Reynolds writes about how Steve Buechele and Kevin Seitzer, both professional coaches, keep up with the careers of their sons, Garrett Buechele and Cameron Seitzer.

Below is an excerpt from the article, click here to read the entire feature:

There are few moments in a ballplayer's life as special as taking the field at Rosenblatt Stadium. For Oklahoma's Garrett Buechele and Cameron Seitzer, last year's trip to the College World Series was even more memorable because it was one of the few times their fathers -- both former major leaguers and current coaches -- were able to see them play.


Feb. 28, 2011 | Sooners Move up Rankings
Three of the four major polls have been released on Monday and the Sooners (9-0) are ranked as high as No. 2 by Collegiate Baseball.

OU is also No. 3 as ranked by Baseball America and the USA Today/Coaches' poll. The Sooners also received one first place vote in the coaches' poll

Collegiate Baseball | Baseball America | USA Today/Coaches'

The No. 2 regular season ranking is the highest by an OU team since 1985, when the Sooners were also No. 2 on April 15, as ranked by Baseball America. That season also saw Oklahoma climb to the No. 1 spot two weeks earlier, while enjoying a top five rank on five other occasions that year.

April 1, 1985 marks the only time OU has enjoyed a No. 1 regular season ranking on record. The only other time that the Sooners were the nation's No. 1 team was in 1994 and 1951, when they celebrated national titles.

The Sooners' 9-0 start in 2011 is the best undefeated streak to begin a season under head coach Sunny Golloway. The streak is also the best since the 1998 Sooners began that campaign at 12-0.


Feb. 24, 2011 | Promos and Video: Golloway on Oakland
The No. 4 Sooners (6-0) conclude their nine-game home stand this weekend against Oakland University (Rochester, Mich.). The Grizzlies will be playing their first game of the 2011 season on Friday at 3 p.m. in Norman. Saturday's game is set for a noon first pitch and the series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Throughout the weekend, the first 250 fans will receive OU baseball schedule magnets.   On Saturday, Feb. 26, fans that present their men's basketball ticket vs. Kansas will receive $4 admission at L. Dale Mitchell Park.  On Sunday, Feb. 27, fans that present their women's basketball ticket vs.Baylor will receive $4 admission at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

View an interview with Coach Golloway as he shares his thoughts on facing Oakland.



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Feb. 15, 2011 | Big 12 Coaches' Teleconference
Listen to the archived audio from Tuesday's Big 12 Coaches' Teleconference. Coach Golloway and the Sooners were picked to win the regular season crown for the first time in Big 12 history.

Click here to listen to the audio from all 10 Big 12 coaches.


Feb. 14, 2011 | Fan's Guide to New 2011 Rules
In 2011, college baseball fans will notice a couple of changes throughout the course of a game.

First, there will be new bats used across the country. Aluminum is still being used in college baseball, but players will be swinging a bat that resembles more of a wood version, similar to what is used in professional baseball. The new BBCOR (Bat-Ball Coefficient Of Restitution) bats are expected to reduce the potentcy of previous aluminum bats and reduce the velocity of the ball off of the bat, hence protecting the players in the field.

Read more about the BBCOR bats here:
Collegiate Baseball on the performance of the new bats
New Metal bats will pack less punch - Press Democrat
Official NCAA bat standards-NCAA.com

The other rule changes/additions for college baseball this year deal with the pace of the game.

In 2010, the SEC Championship tested out a pitch clock and games were reported to be, on average, 15-20 minutes shorter. The entire NCAA will find out this season as umpires will keep a 20-second pitch clock. The limit will apply between pitches when no runners are on base and there will not be a visible clock inside the stadium. A pitcher will be penalized with a ball issued to the batter. If a hitter is not in the batter's box in time, a strike will be issued against them.

In addition, a 90-second limit between innings will be regulated during non-televised games (120 seconds for televised games).

Click the links below to read more on the rules:
Play ball! And Hurry Up - Associated Press
Cape Cod League to follow NCAA lead - Cape Cod Blog
NCAA enacts new timing rules - NCAA.com


Feb. 9, 2011 | Vote for Buechele's walk up on Facebook
Sooner fans have a chance to pick junior All-American Garrett Buechele's walk up song for the 2011 season.

Over 50 Facebook members voted on day one, with "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc holding over 50 percent of the votes.

Voting will continue up until the season opener on Friday, Feb. 18 against William and Mary in Norman.

Click here to help the Sooners' third baseman pick the song played at L. Dale Mitchell Park each time he walks up to the plate for an at-bat.

Below is an audio clip from each of the four selections:

1. La Bouche - Be my Lover
2. MGMT - Kids
3. Grandmaster Flash - The Message
4. Tone Loc - Wild Thing


Feb. 2, 2011 | Duke on NCBWA Stopper of the Year List
For the second straight season, senior closer Ryan Duke appeared on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) preseason watch list.

Duke was one of four Big 12 hurlers to appear on the list with James Allen (Kansas State), Hoby Milner (Texas) and Brooks Pinckard (Baylor). The Big 12 was tied with the SEC and Conference USA for the most closers on the watch list.

Duke is tied for the Oklahoma lead with 28 career saves with Jeff Bajenaru. He tied the mark in game one of the 2010 College World Series against South Carolina.

The Corpus Christi, Texas, native was 12th in the nation and second in the Big 12 with 12 saves in 2010. He made 25 appearances last season and 14 of those were save opportunities. He only blew two saves in 2010 and is 28 of 32 in his career.

Duke's 16 saves in 2009 is the second most in school history and ranked sixth in the nation. His 73 career appearances ranks sixth all-time at Oklahoma (second most under Golloway behind Daniel McCutchen's 80).


Feb. 1, 2011 | Photo Gallery of 2011 Jerseys
Last week, eight members of the University of Oklahoma baseball team participated in a photo shoot to display the jersey combinations for the 2011 season.

In 2009, OU added the white pinstripe jersey to the rotation of the traditional crimson, white and grey uniforms.

This season, Nike and Oklahoma have collaborated to display an "old school" look for Sooner baseball. The new cream colored jersey is a flashback to the 1951 National Championship team and is a traditional display of OU's school colors. The uniform will be worn at Sooner home games.

View all of the uniform combinations in the photo gallery for the 2011 season.

"The cream is a throwback, then you add the crimson lettering, and it really is a good look and it's exciting for our players and fans," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "It's a baggier, old-school look, but its new school because Nike always provides our team with the biggest and best gear. We are home for the first couple weekends so the fans will be able to check it out early in the season."

The Sooners open the 2011 campaign with a nine-game home stand, beginning on Friday, Feb. 18. OU will host William & Mary for the first time in program history and battle the Tribe in a four-game series (doubleheader Saturday).

Fans can purchase season tickets at the OU Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 800-456-GoOU.

The radio broadcast schedule was released on Monday and KREF will air the Sooners' games for the second straight year. The station will carry 54 of the 56 regular season games, while the entire season can also be heard on Oklahoma All-Access, SoonerSports.com's premium site.


Jan. 31, 2011 | Final National Preseason Poll Released
The fourth and final NCAA baseball preseason poll was released on Monday. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's preseason poll listed the Sooners at No. 5, the highest ranked Big 12 program in the top 25 listing.

Last week, OU was tabbed No. 5 in the preseason top 25 by Baseball America and No. 6 in the USA Today/Coaches' preseason poll.

The Sooners were No. 6 in the Collegiate Baseball preaseason poll released in December.


Jan. 29, 2011 | ESPN.com goes inside the program
Each month throughout the 2011 season, ESPN.com will talk to the Sooners coaches, support staff and players and help provide insight into what it takes to become an elite program.

For the first installment, Oklahoma Head Coach Sunny Golloway, assistant coach Tim Tadlock and coordinator of baseball operations Ryan Gaines discussed the preparations involved in putting together the first practice of the season.

Below is an excerpt from the article, click here to read the entire feature:

The preparations are different year-to-year. If you have a coaching change on your staff, you might spend more time with that coach. I've been blessed to basically have the original staff from when I came here as the head coach six years ago -- our [sports information director] Craig Moran, our trainer [Robert Fulton], strength coach [Tim Overman], [Debbie Boyls], recruiting coordinator [Tadlock] and our operations guy [Gaines]. Our pitching coach [Mike Bell] has been here four years. It's unheard of to have no staff changes in four years, and I attribute that to having good people around you. At this point, our staff knows what each other thinks and what everyone's role is.


Jan. 28, 2011 | Team Workouts, New Jersey & More
The No. 5 Sooners concluded individual workouts on Jan. 27 and will hold their first team session on Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

OU will also host the Eighth Annual Diamond Dinner tonight and honor Sooner Daniel McCutchen (2004-06). SoonerSports.com will have a recap of the night with photos later this evening.

Head Coach Sunny Golloway recently spoke on the baseball flagship station, KREF 1400 AM, Friday morning and discussed a variety of topics, including:

- OU's preseason national rankings
- J.C. transfer Burch Smith (RHP) earning a rotation spot
- Sophomore Max White making transition to 2B
- The Sooners' new cream-colored jersey

Stay tuned next week to SoonerSports.com for a photo gallery featuring the new retro, cream jersey with a crimson "Sooners" across the chest. A sneak peak of the eight uniform combinations that Oklahoma will sport is pictured above.

The Sooners open the season in 21 days at home with a four-game series against William & Mary. Season tickets are on sale now and a radio broadcast schedule will be released in the coming weeks.

The home opener is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The park is currently in the process of having new chair back seats installed to replace the previous ones. In addition, close to 200 new chair backs will be installed, including behind the home and visitor dugouts.


Jan. 27, 2011 | Third National Preseason Poll Released
The USA Today/Coaches' preseason poll was released on Thursday afternoon. The Sooners came in at No. 6 as the highest ranked Big 12 program in the top 25 listing.

Earlier in the day, OU was tabbed No. 5 in the preseason top 25 by Baseball America.

The Sooners were No. 6 in the Collegiate Baseball preaseason poll released in December.


Jan. 20, 2011 | New Orleans Adds Two Sooners to Staff
Greg Norton (1991-93) will enter his first full season as a manager of the New Orleans Zephyrs. He began his coaching career in 2010 as the Zephyrs' hitting coach, before being promoted to interim manager on June 23 when the Florida Marlins tabbed Edwin Rodriguez to skipper the big league club. The interim tag was removed from Norton's title on July 16, and he led the Zephyrs to a 66-77 record. The Z's went 33-40 with Norton at the helm.

His hitting coach will be former OU teammate Damon Minor (1993-96), who served as OU's volunteer coach in 2007.

The duo only played one season together in Norman, but are responsible for three of OU's 10 College World Series appearances in 1992, 1994 and 1995.

Both Sooners have also been honored at the annual Diamond Dinner, which is set this year for Jan. 28 at the Embassy Suites in Norman.

 
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