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Baseball Hosts Golden Lions Tuesday
February 25, 2008
 Arkansas Pine Bluff (1-2) at OU (1-1)
 Game 1  Tuesday, Feb. 26 - 3 p.m.
 Game 2  Wednesday, Feb. 27 - 3 p.m.
 Location  Norman, Okla. | L. Dale Mitchell Park
 Promotions  $.50 Hot Dog and Coke Day
 Webcast  Free Live Video in Oklahoma All-Access
 Listen Online  Live Audio in Oklahoma All-Access
 Live Stats  SoonerSports.com / GameTracker
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF) | OU Media Guide

NORMAN, Okla. --The Sooners, fresh off a 1-1 split with No. 1 UCLA last weekend, will welcome Arkansas Pine Bluff (1-2) for the 2008 home opener on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m.  The game is the first of two scheduled against the Golden Lions at L. Dale Mitchell Park.  Game two is also slated for a 3 p.m. start on Wednesday, Feb. 27.   

BROADCAST INFORMATION
The two-game series against Arkansas Pine Bluff can be heard on live on the internet, via Oklahoma All-Access, with Chuck Kelly calling the play-by-play and DeWayne Vaughn providing color analysis.  Pre-game coverage for OU baseball games begins 30 minutes prior to the first pitch. 

The first game in the series will be webcast free on Oklahoma All-Access. In addition, live stats for all games this season can be viewed on Soonersports.com. 

SCOUTING ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
The Golden Lions enter Tuesday's contest with a 1-2 record, and won their season opener at home against SE Missouri State, 4-2.  Arkansas Pine Bluff dropped the next two games, (13-2, 15-3).

Junior outfielder Jerome McCollum led the Golden Lions' offense over the weekend with a .333 batting average and two RBIs off a home run and a double.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS
Game 1: Tuesday, Feb. 26
OU - Ryan Duke  |  RHP  |  Fr.
0-1, 99.00 ERA, 1 App., 0 IP, 1 BB, 1 ER
vs.
UAPB - Justin Moring  |  RHP  |  So.
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 SO

Game 2: Wednesday, Feb. 27
OU - TBA
vs.
UAPB - TBA

OU-ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF SERIES
The Sooners lead the all-time series, 2-0, with the Golden Lions.  The two met for two games during the 2005 season and the series is most notably remembered for OU's seventh no-hitter in school history.  On March 9 at L. Dale Mitchell Park, the OU staff tossed the program's only combined no-hitter.  The Sooners won that game, 20-0, and was led on the mound by Kevin Duke, John Brownell, Daniel McCutchen, Ryan Mottern, Will Savage and P.J. Sandoval.  OU won the first game of the series on March 8, 21-8.

TICKET INFO
Seats remain for this week's game and gates will open 90 minutes prior to first pitch.  Tickets are available at the gate, online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-GoOU.  The office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue parking garage. 

Single game ticket prices are $10 for reserved seats and $7 for general admission.  Youth and senior citizens single game general admission tickets are $5.00.  

Season tickets are also on sale.  Reserved season tickets are available for $130 and general admission season tickets are available for $90.  Discounted general admission season tickets are available to OU faculty/staff and senior citizens for $80.

UP NEXT
The Sooners will head south to Houston, Texas to participate in the Houston College Classic over the weekend.  OU will play three games at Minute Maid Park, the home of Major League Baseball's Houston Astros.  The Sooners begin the tournament against No. 15 Rice (Baseball America) at noon on Friday, Feb. 29.  On Saturday, OU will battle Houston at noon and conclude the tournament on Sunday at 11 a.m. against Tennessee.

 

 PLAYER TO WATCH
 DH/OF Spencer Selby
 Sophomore, 6-1, 200, R/R
 Oklahoma City (Southern Nazarene University) 
 


Selby was one of 14 newcomers to make their Sooner debut over the weekend, Selby provided the biggest offensive boost for OU with a .571 clip and a 1.000 slugging percentage. 

The hard-hitting sophomore finished game two of the series with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, a run scored and two RBIs.  Selby connected for his first career home run against the No. 1 Bruins in game two, the first by a Sooner this season.  Selby' solo shot was followed up by the game-winning RBI, which came on a sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th inning.  In game one, Selby was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

LAST WEEK
Oklahoma and No. 1 UCLA split a doubleheader on Saturday, with OU winning the nightcap, 3-2, in 12 innings.  Earlier in the day, the Sooners dropped a heartbreaker, 7-5, to UCLA on a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Game One Recap | Game Two Recap | 2008 Schedule | 2008 Stats


NEWCOMERS CONTRIBUTE RIGHT OFF THE BAT
Fourteen OU newcomers made their debut on Saturday and eight started game one of the doubleheader ... 12 of OU's 17 hits this season have come from newcomers and six of OU's eight runs have been driven in by new players ... Four different OU pitchers struck out five or more batters on Saturday (Doyle - 7, Anderson - 5, Erben - 5 and Rocha - 5).

Click here to learn more about the 2008 class.

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