Sooners Head East for UCF Tournament

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 20, 2014
 No. 29 Oklahoma (4-1) at UCF Tournament
 Location:  Orlando, Fla. - Jay Bergman Field (3,600)
 Tickets:  Tuesday | Wednesday
 Live Webcast:
 Brendan Flynn
 Live Stats:  Gametracker
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)
 Pitching Match-Ups
 Friday vs. Citaldel:  LHP-Jacob Evans (So., 0-1, 5.06)
 LHP-Logan Cribb (Jr., 0-0, 4.76)
 Saturday vs. UCF:  LHP-Adam Choplick (RSo., 1-0, 1.50)
 RHP-Spencer Davis (RJr., 1-0, 3.60)
 Sunday vs. Ohio State:  RHP-Jake Elliott (Fr., 1-0, 3.60)
 LHP-Zach Farmer (Fr., 0-1, 9.00)

NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma baseball team hits the road for the first time in the 2014 season for the UCF Tournament in Orlando, Fla. this weekend. The action gets underway when the Sooners face Citadel on Friday at 11:00 am. OU then plays the host Golden Knights on Saturday at 5:00 pm and Ohio State on Sunday at 9:00 am.

Oklahoma is 4-1 following its season-opening homestand. As a team, the Sooners are hitting .335 and outscoring opponents, 55-21. Junior catcher Mac James is hitting a team-high .533 (8-for-15) with six RBI, five runs and three RBI. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley is hitting .313 with a .875 slugging percentage with three home runs and a team-leading 10 RBI. Nine OU hitters are batting .300 or better with at least 10 at-bats. The Sooner pitching staff owns a 2.66 earned run average, led by a bullpen that has a combined 2.25 ERA. Sophomore left-hander Jacob Evans is expected to start on Friday night. He tossed a career-high 5.1 innings in his first career start in the season opener against Seton Hall.

1st - On the Air
Oklahoma’s sports information director Brendan Flynn will handle the play-by-play duties on all weekend long.

2nd - Midweek Recap
The Sooners totaled 30 hits and 27 runs in a midweek sweep of Arkansas Pine Bluff by scores of 16-6 and 11-0. Haley homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs in the win on Tuesday. On Wednesday, seven OU pitchers combined for the shutout and totaled 11 strikeouts, while surrendering zero walks. Freshman infielder Sheldon Neuse combined to hit 4-for-6 with a home run, four RBI and three runs in the two games. James went 4-for-7 with four RBI, three runs and three doubles.

3rd - Scouting the Bulldogs
Citadel is 2-2 on the young season, opening with wins over Virginia Tech and No. 13 Louisville. Outfielder Hughston Armstrong is hitting a team-best .583 (7-for-12) with three runs and two RBI. The Bulldog hitters are hitting .270 as a unit. First baseman Bo Thompson has driven in a team-high four runs. Left-hander Logan Cribb is 0-0 in one start with a 4.76 ERA and seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.

4th - Scouting the Golden Knights
UCF opened the season with three wins over Siena before falling to Florida on Tuesday night. Infielder Dylan Moore is batting .438 (7-for-16) with three runs, while fellow infielder Tommy Williams trails him at .412 (7-for-17) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI. Righty Spencer Davis owns a 1-0 record and 3.60 ERA with four strikeouts in five innings pitched.

5th - Scouting the Buckeyes
Ohio State got off to a quick start with wins over Connecticut and Auburn but evened its record at 2-2 with a pair of losses to Indiana State. Outfielder Tim Wetzel is hitting .364 (4-for-11) with three doubles and three RBI. The Buckeyes are hitting just .235 as a team through their first four games. Left-hander Zach Farmer took the loss on Saturday and is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA.

6th - Crooked Numbers
Through the first five games, Oklahoma has put up two or more runs in an inning 14 times and three or more 11 times. In game one against Arkansas Pine Bluff, the Sooners set a season-high with seven runs in the first inning.

7th - Return of the Mac
James, a transfer from Brookhaven College, appeared in just nine games, earning nine at-bats and two hits in his first season in Norman. This season, he has started four games; two at catcher, one at DH and his season-debut in left field. In his four appearances, James is hitting a team-high .533, slugging .733 and has driven in six runs, which ranks third on the team.

8th - Who’s on First?
In the first week of action, the Sooners started three different first basemen. Freshman Niko Buentello made his debut anchoring first on opening day before seeing action at the DH spot in the next two games. Junior utility man Keach Ballard appeared at first in game two and Hermelyn, who started 48 games at catcher in 2013, made his first collegiate start at first on Sunday. Freshman Austin O’Brien became the fourth Sooner at first base with a late-inning appearance against Arkansas Pine Bluff on February 18.

9th - Up Next
Oklahoma is back on the road next weekend for a four-game tournament hosted by Arizona State in Surprise, Ariz. The Sooners first match-up will be against Manhattan on Thursday, February 27.



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