Baseball Takes Perfect Record to Road

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 21, 2013
 No. 14 Oklahoma (6-0) at 2013 Kleberg Bank College Classic
 Whataburger Field - Corpus Christi, Texas
 Game 7  Friday, Feb. 22 vs. Iowa (1-2), 2 p.m. CT
 Game 8  Saturday, Feb. 23 vs. TAMUCC (3-2), 6 p.m. CT
 Game 9  Sunday, Feb. 24 vs. New Mexico (1-2), 9:30 a.m. CT
 Radio  KREF Sports Talk 1400 & the Sooner Sports Network
 Live Stats
 Game 7 | Game 8 | Game 9

The No. 14-ranked University of Oklahoma baseball team puts its perfect start to the 2013 season on the line when it takes to the road for the first time this season, traveling to Corpus Christi, Texas, to take part in the 2013 Kleberg Bank College Classic at Whataburger Field, the home of the Houston Astros' Double-A affiliate, the Corpus Christi Hooks. OU will square off against Iowa on Friday at 2 p.m. CT before taking on the host Islanders on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. The Sooners conclude the weekend with a 9:30 a.m. CT matchup with New Mexico.

Chris Plank will have the call of this weekend's games on KREF Sports Talk 1400 & and the Sooner Sports Network.

• Oklahoma won the only previous meeting against the Hawkeyes, 8-4, in 1974.

• The Sooners defeated the Islanders, 11-2, in the first matchup between the two programs in 2010. Bobby Shore tossed seven innings and struck out five to earn the pitching win. Oklahoma went on to advance to the NCAA College World Series for the 10th time in program history that season.

• OU is 14-1 all-time against New Mexico and has won seven straight over the Lobos. This marks the third straight season the two programs have faced off. The Sooners swept the series in Alburquerque, N.M., last season, taking game one, 7-6, in 10 innings before completing the sweep with wins of 10-5 and 4-0.

• Friday: Jr. LHP Dillon Overton (Weatherford, Okla.): 2-0, 1.12 ERA, 8.0 IP, 1 BB, 7 SO
Overton was named the Big 12 Conference's Pitcher of the Week on Monday after fanning seven over seven frames while surrendering just two hits to help power Oklahoma to a 10-4 victory over Hofstra on Friday in his opening day start. The junior, who was named a preseason All-American by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America and was recently selected to the 2013 Preseason Golden Spikes Watch List, retired 19 of the final 23 batters he faced in his season debut. He tossed one inning of relief to earn the pitching victory Tuesday in the second game of a doubleheader against Arkansas Pine Bluff, improving to 2-0 on the season and 16-7 for his career.

• Saturday: Jr. RHP Jonathan Gray (Chandler, Okla.): 1-0, 2.70 ERA, 6.2 IP, 1 BB, 6 SO
Gray struck out six batters over 6.2 innings and surrendered just three hits to earn the win for the Sooners as Oklahoma defeated Hofstra, 3-2, Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader. Gray was named to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-America Second Team, as selected by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, in addition to earning a spot on the 2013 Preseason Golden Spikes Watch List.

• Sunday: Fr. RHP Corey Copping (Temple City, Calif.): 0-0, 1.29 ERA, 7.0 IP, 2 BB, 4 SO
Copping fanned four over seven frames while allowing just one run on two hits and two walks in his career debut Sunday against Hofstra. Copping was a three-year letterwinner at Temple City High School. His older brother, Cameron, starred on the mound at the University at Buffalo and is now in the Seattle Mariners' farm system. His twin brother, Calvin, is a right-handed pitcher at Cal State Northridge.

• Friday: Iowa - So. LHP Sasha Kuebel (St. Louis, Mo.): 0-1, 3.60 ERA, 5.0 IP 2 BB, 6 SO

• Saturday: Texas A&M Corpus Christi- Sr. RHP Trevor Foss (Janesville, Wis.): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.0 IP, 1 BB, 15 SO

• Sunday: New Mexico- Sr. RHP Sam Wolff (Rapid City, S.D.): 1-0, 1.59 ERA, 5.2 IP, 2 BB, 5 SO

• Oklahoma improved to 6-0 with a doubleheader sweep of Arkanas Pine Bluff Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners posted a 4-2 win over the Golden Lions in the first game of the twinbill, then rolled to an 11-1 victory in eight innings in the second contest.

Redshirt freshman left-handed starting pitcher Adam Choplick put together a strong debut on the mound for the Sooners, striking out six over five innings in game one. Freshman left-handed reliever Jacob Evans earned his first career save, tossing two shutout innings. Junior infielder Matt Oberste, freshman infielder Kolbey Carpenter and freshman outfielder Hunter Haley each collected two hits for OU.

OU matched its season high for runs scored (11) and hits (12) in game two, led by junior second baseman Hector Lorenzana, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Oberste went 2-for-4 and crushed a three-run homer over the left field wall in the fifth inning - his team-leading second round tripper.

• Oklahoma welcomes Pepperdine to L. Dale Mitchell Park next weekend for a three-game set.

OU is ranked No. 14 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 15 by the NCBWA, No. 18 by Baseball America and No. 21 by Perfect Game.

Junior infielder Matt Oberste, the reigning Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, is off to a white-hot start at the plate in 2013. He is hitting at a .455 clip with a team-high five extra-base hits and has posted four multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games.

The Salisaw, Okla., native is picking up right where he left off at the end of 2012, when he was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Charlottesville Regional after leading OU with seven hits and also driving in six runs following an appearance on the 2012 Big 12 All-Tournament Team, where he tallied three home runs, four hits (double) and four RBI.

Oklahoma provided its fans plenty of excitement at L. Dale Mitchell Park last weekend with back-to-back walk-off wins over Hofstra to close the opening series of the 2013 campaign.

OU responded to its first true test of the 2013 campaign like champions, turning a six-run deficit after three and a half innings into an 11-10 walkoff victory over Hofstra in the bottom of the 11th to sweep the Saturday doubleheader and win the weekend series. Freshman outfielder Craig Aikin led off the home half of the 11th with a single to left center, then set off a Crimson & Cream celebration when he scampered home after senior infielder Jack Mayfield gave a fly ball a ride into center that bounced off the glove of Hofstra outfielder Taylor Stuart to provide Oklahoma with the victory.

Junior infielder Matt Oberste's one-out, three-run home run over the right field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled the Sooners to a 7-4 victory over Hofstra Sunday and secured a four-game weekend series sweep.

OU last posted back-to-back wins in walk-off fashion on May 23-24, 2012, at the 2012 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City. The Sooners defeated Oklahoma State, 3-2, before knocking off Baylor, 1-0, the following day.

Six newcomers -- including four freshmen -- have seen plenty of playing time early in the season and have helped the Sooners roll to a 6-0 start to begin 2013.

Junior infielder Hector Lorenzana, a transfer from Howard College, has started all six games at second base and is hitting .318 with seven hits -- including two doubles and a home run -- to go along with three RBI and six runs scored.

Freshman outfielder Craig Aikin has made six starts in center field and has made several spectacular catches to rob the opposition of extra bases and runs.

Freshman infielder/outfielder Hunter Haley has appeared in all six games with three starts and is hitting .500 with four hits -- including a double and a triple -- to go along with three RBI and two runs scored.

Freshman infielder Kolbey Carpenter has made four starts and is batting .278 with five hits -- including two doubles and two triples -- to go along with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Freshman catcher Anthony Hermelyn has played in five games with four starts, hitting .250 with three hits, four RBI and a run scored.

Redshirt sophomore outfielder Colt Bickerstaff has started four games and has tallied a double and three runs scored.

With so many news faces on the fielder for the Sooners in 2013 seniors Max White and Jack Mayfield, along with fellow co-captains Dillon Overton and Jonathan Gray, have been tasked with providing a steady hand to help lead the ballclub in 2013.

White is hitting .409 with nine hits, three RBI and five runs scored while Mayfield is hitting .269 with seven hits -- including two doubles -- to go along with two RBI and seven runs scored.

The University of Oklahoma baseball team has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2013 Big 12 baseball regular season. In a vote by the league's head coaches, the Sooners earned six first-place votes, totaling 62 points.

2012 RECAP
Oklahoma finished 2012 ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation at 42-25 overall and placed fourth in the Big 12 Conference with a 13-10 conference mark. The Sooners won 40 regular season games for the fourth straight year, the second longest-such streak in program history behind the stretch recorded from 1984-1989, and made the program's fifth straight NCAA tournament appearance (35th overall).

The Sooners were on the postseason bubble after starting slow out of the gates with an 18-14 mark but went 24-11 down the stretch, including a Big 12 Championship run that ended with an 8-7 loss to Missouri in the title game. Oklahoma drew a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional. The Sooners lost the regional opener to Appalachian State but came back to win four straight games and eliminate Army, host Virginia and Appalachian State and advance to the NCAA Super Regional for the third time in program history, all of which have come under current head coach Sunny Golloway (format originated in 1999). Oklahoma's season ended with two losses to two-time defending national champion South Carolina in the NCAA Columbia Super Regional.

OU received two stellar pitching performances from right-hander Jonathan Gray and southpaw Dillon Overton in the Super Regional, and the pair of aces will anchor the pitching staff again in 2013. The 2012 weekend rotation of Gray, Overton and Jordan John became the first trio in Oklahoma history to each strike out 100 batters in a single season. Max White, the team's offensive leader (.337, 55 RBI), also returns in 2013 for his senior season.

Five Sooners, including four pitchers, were taken in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, held June 4-6. Junior left-handed pitcher Steven Okert went first in the fourth round to the San Francisco Giants. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Damien Magnifico went next in the fifth round to the Milwaukee Brewers, and sophomore lefty Jordan John followed in the sixth round to the Detroit Tigers to conclude day two. On the third and final day, junior righty Drew Harrison was selected in the 23rd round by the Detroit Tigers, and senior shortstop Caleb Bushyhead was taken in the 29th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. As both an assistant and head coach, an Oklahoma player has been drafted 82 times under Sunny Golloway.

University of Oklahoma head baseball coach Sunny Golloway announced the addition of 14 student-athletes in the early signing period as part of the 2014 incoming class in November.

Right-handed pitcher Bryant Hodge (Moore, Okla./Christian Heritage Academy), infielder Trey Michalczewski (Jenks, Okla./Jenks HS) and right-handed pitcher Kyle Stephens (Edmond, Okla./Edmond HS) will represent the Sooner State by sporting the Crimson & Cream.

OU's out-of-state high school recruits include infielder Niko Buentello (Lewisville, Texas/Lewisville HS), right-handed pitcher Jake Elliott (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS), right-handed pitcher Alec Hansen (Loveland, Colo./Loveland HS), left-handed pitcher Chris Kohler (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos HS), infielder/right-handed pitcher Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge HS), catcher Jacob Nottingham (Redlands, Calif./Redlands HS) and left-handed pitcher Octavio Rodriguez (El Paso, Texas/Franklin HS).

Oklahoma also added four junior college standouts for the 2014 season, including infielder Josh Ake (Readington, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional HS/North Carolina/Howard College), utility player Keach Ballard (Durant, Okla./Silo HS/Murray State College), right-handed pitcher Caleb Simpson (Norman, Okla./Norman North HS/Seminole State) and right-handed pitcher Travis Remillard (Norman, Okla./Norman HS/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M).




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