|Oklahoma (12-5) vs. Belmont (7-9)|
|Location:||Norman, Okla. - L. Dale Mitchell Park (3,180)|
|Tickets:||Friday | Saturday | Sunday|
|Radio:|| KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM / 98.5 FM
|TV:|| FSSW+/FCSC (Friday)
Chad McKee & George Frazier
|Game Info:|| Game Notes (PDF)
NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma resumes its homestand with a three-game weekend series against Belmont beginning Friday night at 6:00 pm. The Sooners will play eight straight games at L. Dale Mitchell Park over the next 10 days.
Oklahoma is 8-2 at home this season and 12-5 overall. Junior catcher Mac James pulled is multiple player of the week awards on Monday and is currently hitting .500 with 17 RBI and 17 runs scored. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley is second on the team at .383 and 16 RBI, while leading the Sooners with 20 runs scored. On the mound, sophomore RHP Corey Copping is 2-0 with a 2.51 earned run average. OU starters and relievers have accounted for six wins each. Redshirt-sophomore LHP Adam Choplick (2-1) and freshman RHP Jake Elliott (1-2) round out the Sooner rotation.
Weekend Promotions: Friday is "Take a Kid to a Game Night". First 100 fans to bring a kid to the ballpark will receive a coupon for free popcorn and a drink. Following the game, there will also be a toss under the lights where parents and kids will be invited to come down and throw the ball around on the outfield.
1st - On the Air
Veteran OU broadcaster Chris Plank will handle the play-by-play for KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM and 98.5 FM this weekend. All three games will also be televised by Sooner Sports TV with Chad McKee (p-b-p) and George Frazier (color) on the call.
2nd - Night at the Ballpark
Redshirt-junior right fielder Taylor Alspaugh belted the first pitch of the 10th inning over the wall in right for the eventual game-winning home run of a 3-2 extra-inning win over Texas-Arlington on Tuesday. Freshman third baseman Sheldon Neuse went 4-for-4 on the night with two runs and two doubles. In relief, senior RHP Kindle Ladd pitched five scoreless innings and struck out three. Oklahoma held a one-run lead in the ninth that was erased on a one-out double to right-center by UTA’s Darien McLemore.
3rd - Scouting the Bruins
Belmont is 7-9 on the season and coming off a 12-5 win over Memphis on Tuesday. Outfielder Drew Ferguson leads the offense with a .345 batting average and six home runs. Catcher Jamie Ritchie is hitting .340 with a team-leading five stolen bases. The Bruins’ Friday starter, RHP Austin Coley is 1-1 with a 3.91 ERA to go with 25 strikeouts in 23 innings of work. He will be followed by LHP Dan Ludwig (0-3) and LHP Patrick McGrath (1-2).
4th - MAC ATTACK
James was named the Big 12 Player of the Week after hitting .684 (13-for-19) in five games last week. He owned a 1.000 slugging percentage and .714 on-base percentage. James is riding a nine-game hitting streak and finished the weekend with a 4-for-4 day, his second of the season, to go with his second home run of the season. James was also honored as the Louisville Slugger and NCBWA National Player of the Week.
5th - Double Switch
Senior Hector Lorenzana had started all 75 of his career games at second base before last week. He has started each of the last five at shortstop, while juniors Keach Ballard and Joshua Ake have taken over second. However, in double play situations with a runner on first and less than two outs, the two middle infielders have been trading positions.
6th - Shave for the Brave
On April 3, Oklahoma will join the fight against childhood cancer by hold a “Shave for the Brave” event following practice. Shave for the Brave works in conjunction with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to raise money for cancer research. The event will also serve as an opportunity for the Sooners in their countdown to 19 Ways.
7th - Vs. the Top-50
In games against the RPI Top-50, Oklahoma is 4-3 on the season. The Sooners took two-out-of-three from both Seton Hall (24) and Rutgers (40), while falling to Ohio State (10) at a neutral site.
8th - Lords of the Flies
Entering the week, Oklahoma led the country in sacrifice flies with 15. Alspaugh is the team-leader at four, which is the fourth most in the nation on the young season.
9th - Up Next
The Sooners remain at home for a pair of midweek games; first against TCU in non-conference action on Tuesday, March 18 followed by Arkansas-Little Rock on March 19.
Extras - TWI(OU)B History
Oklahoma improved to 5-1 in league play during the first season of the Big 12 in 1997 with a three-game sweep over Kansas, March 15-16. The Sooners, who previously took two-out-of-three from Iowa State, swept a doubleheader with the Jayhawks, 7-6 and 11-5 before taking the finale, 13-12.