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June 8, 2012 | Columbia Super Regional News Conference
Coach Golloway and Sooners Caleb Bushyhead, Jordan John and Max White met with the media covering this weekend's Super Regional Friday afternoon at Carolina Stadium.
Much of the talk was about the last time these two teams squared off in the 2010 College World Series in Omaha. South Carolina's last postseason loss was to the Sooners, a streak of 19 wins they've held while winning back-to-back national championships. The Sooners were eliminated by the Gamecocks in the 2010 CWS after 10 innings.
Photo Gallery | Press Conference Video
June 6, 2012 | MLB Draft Recap - Day 3
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.
Harrison and Bushyhead joined Steven Okert (fourth round), Damien Magnifico (fifth round) and Jordan John (sixth round) as the five Sooners taken in the 2012 MLB Draft.
At least five Sooners have been taken in eight of the last 10 MLB Drafts. Click here for a complete history of the Sooners drafted by MLB.
Bushyhead leads all current Sooners with 200 games played and 175 starts. He has 63 starts in 64 games played this year and was recently named to the Charlottesville All-Regional team with hits in all five games to extend his season-high hitting streak to eigth games.
Harrison, who started his career at OU as a designated hitter and first baseman, has primarily pitched this season. He tossed a career-high six innings in the final game of the Charlottesville Regional to help OU advance to the Super Regional round this week. Harrison entered Monday's start, the first of his career, with 9 1/3 career innings pitched.
June 5, 2012 | MLB Draft Recap - Day 2
Three current Sooner pitchers were taken in the first six rounds on Tuesday in day two of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. The first round highlighted day one while the next 14 rounds were finished on day two. The remainder of the draft concludes on Wednesday.
Since 2005, 15 Sooners have been taken in the first 10 rounds under head coach Sunny Golloway.
Junior Steven Okert
started things off with his fourth round selection (148th overall) by the San Francisco Giants. It marked the third career selection for Okert who came to OU after being selected twice by the Milwaukee Brewers. The lefty was taken in the 33rd round out of Grayson County College and 43rd round out of Rowlett High School.
Okert has been a dominant closer for the Sooners down the stretch with a 9-7 record and five saves. He posted a win and a save over the weekend as Oklahoma clinched its third appearance in the NCAA Super Regional round after winning the Charlottesville Regional.
In the fifth round, the Milwaukee Brewers took redshirt sophomore Damien Magnifico
with the 185th overall pick. Magnifico is 3-1 with two saves and a 3.86 ERA in his 20 appearances in 2012 (third on the team). The hard-throwing right hander was also taken in the fifth round back in 2009 after he graduated from North Mesquite High School.
The third and final selection of the day belonged to redshirt sophomore Jordan John
, who was taken in the sixth round (214th overall) by the Detroit Tigers. The left hander has been the Sooners' Friday night starter throughout a majority of the season with a team-best four complete games to go along with hiw eight victories.
John was drafted in the 28th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros.
May 25, 2012 | Video: Sooners on the Walk-Off Wins
Oklahoma became the first team in Big 12 Championship history to win two games in the bottom of the ninth inning in the same year. OU has now had a walk-off victory in the ninth inning three times in Big 12 Championship games to tie Missouri for the most all-time. In addition, OU has won six games in the bottom of the ninth this season, and one other in their final at bat on the road at New Mexico.
The Sooners' latest late-inning victory has them in the winners' bracket awaiting a 9 a.m. game on Saturday against the winner of Baylor and Kansas State (Friday at 3:15 p.m.).
View video below as head coach Sunny Golloway, Jordan John, Evan Mistich and Cody Reine talk about Thursday's 3-2 victory over Baylor.
May 20, 2012 | Sooners Face Cowboys in Big 12 Champ.
The No. 24 Sooners make their 22nd straight appearance in the conference tournament with the start of the 2012 Big 12 Championship on Wednesday, May 23 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in downtown Oklahoma City.
The bracket has OU seeded fourth to face the fifth seed Oklahoma State in the first round at 9 a.m. The game will be heard on the Sooner Sports Network KREF 1400 AM and a live webcast and stats can be found on Big12Sports.com.
The winner of the game will face the winner of No. 1 Baylor and No. 8 Kansas State at 4 p.m. on Thursday. The losers of those two games play at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Single-session tickets for the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship are on sale now. The Conference's postseason event is set for Wednesday, May 23-Sunday, May 27 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Prices for single-session tickets range from $13 to $37 and are available via Ticketmaster and at the Oklahoma City RedHawks box office. Fans can also use the link at the bottom of this email or call the RedHawks at (405) 218-1000.
It marks the eighth Big 12 tournament meeting between the Bedlam Rivals, a look at the previous seven games is below:
Big 12 Bedlam Battles: OU leads 7-0
1997, OU 10-5
1998, OU 9-4
2000, OU 9-8
2002, OU 11-3
2003, OU 4-2
2006, OU 21-6
2007, OU 9-8
"You have to playing your best and you have to beat the best if you want to win a conference tournament or a regional," said Golloway. "It's always fun to play a Bedlam game and it's especially fun in the Big 12 tournament, when even more is on the line."
View video below as Golloway and the Sooners talk about finishing the season strong and moving to postseason play.
April 24, 2012 | Baseball Hosts Special Spectators
On Friday, April 20 at L. Dale Mitchell Park, Asher Edelen, Christoval Mora and Jacob Osborn enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of a typical baseball gameday on top of the Sooners' 5-0 victory, all thanks to the efforts of an organization called Special Spectators. The trio also threw out the first pitch as OU hosted Alabama State in a non-conference game. The University of Oklahoma has a long-standing relationship with the organization and this season marked the seventh straight year that head coach Sunny Golloway and the Sooners had the pleasure of sharing the day with.
Click Here for a photo gallery from the pregame festivities.
Edelen, Mora and Osborn were representing the children at the Jimmy Everest Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. Special Spectators is a nonprofit organization that works with athletic departments across the country in order to provide memorable experiences for seriously ill children and their families at various sporting events. The organization also helps organize visits by coaches and student-athletes to nearby children's hospitals. If you want to learn more about Special Spectators visit the official site at SpecialSpectators.org.
"Each time our team has the opportunity to give something back to the community it truly amazes me how much joy we can bring into someone's life," said Golloway. "It also makes you realize how lucky you are and today was no exception. These three children inspired our student-athletes today."
April 18, 2012 | Video: Golloway on Returning to Oral Roberts
Oklahoma extended its winning streak to five games (ties season high) on Tuesday night with a 6-3 win at Oral Roberts. It marked the first regular season meeting in Tulsa since 2004. It also marked the return to Oral Roberts for head coach Sunny Golloway, who coached seven seasons in Tulsa. View video below as Golloway talks about the return to the campus where he first got started as a Division I head coach.
April 17, 2012 | Home Run Club Bus Trip to Stillwater
The Home Run Club is organizing a bus trip to watch the non-conference Bedlam game on Tuesday, April 24 in Stillwater, Okla. (6:30 p.m.). The bus will leave at 4 p.m. from the northwest corner of the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot. For those in Oklahoma City, a stop can be made at the Flying J Travel Center at North 122nd Street and I-35 and Crossroads Mall. Please notify us if you need to be picked up at either location.
Cost is $25 for the bus, $10 for the game ticket and $5 for a box lunch (sandwich, chips and a drink). Fans interested need to contact Lavonne Stockdale by Saturday, April 21. She will collect cash only on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 on the upper concourse at L. Dale Mitchell Park as the Sooners host Alabama State. There will be no smoking or alcoholic beverages on the bus.
April 16, 2012 | Video: Golloway on Mizzou Sweep, Highlights
Oklahoma won all four games last week, including a series sweep of Missouri in Big 12 play after Sunday's 5-4 victory. OU won the opener on Friday 6-5 in 10 innings and clinched the series win on Saturday with an 8-4 victory. View video below as head coach Sunny Golloway talks about the sweep and watch highlights from the series finale.
April 13, 2012 | Video: Golloway, Magnifico on Arkansas/Missouri
Oklahoma won a big game on Tuesday over No. 9 Arkansas, shutting out the Razorbacks behind 8 2/3 shutout innings from Damien Magnifico. The Sooners look to carry that momentum into this weekend's series against Missouri. View video below as head coach Sunny Golloway and Magnifico talk about Tuesday's win and watch highlights from the game.
April 3, 2012 | Video: Golloway on Seniors' Pinch Hits
The Sooners won the best-of-three series over the weekend against Kansas State thanks to some clutch hitting off the bench from seniors Cody Reine and Evan Mistich. OU won the finale on Sunday 4-3 and has won seven of the last nine games, including two straight Big 12 series. View video below as head coach Sunny Golloway talks about bringing Reine and Mistich off the bench and watch a replay of the dramatic ninth-inning rally.
March 30, 2012 | Article on OU Signee Ralph Garza
The game was over, the players were back on the bus, and New Braunfels senior Ralph Garza took out his phone just like he did after every game last season.
He scrolled to his mother's number to tell her how things went on the field, before he realized this isn't last season anymore.
Last July, Lupita Garza died after a three-year battle with cancer.
Read more about OU signee Ralph Garza and his mother in the San Antonio Express News by clicking here.
March 28, 2012 | Video: Golloway on Making Adjustments
The Sooners have won three straight games since falling to 0-4 in Big 12 play last Friday at Texas Tech, and have won five of the last six games. Head coach Sunny Golloway talked about some of the adjustments made in the last week after Tuesday night's win over Oral Roberts. View video below as head coach Sunny Golloway talks about that depth and the matchup with Oral Roberts at home on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
March 26, 2012 | Video: Golloway on Newcomers Providing Depth
The Sooners rallied for two victories over the weekend at Texas Tech after dropping Friday's series opener with the Red Raiders. Newcomers Brian Brightwell and Dylan Neal gave OU a spark to help in the series victory and now gives the Sooners some depth at multiple positions once Erik Ross and Tanner Toal return from injury. View video below as head coach Sunny Golloway talks about that depth and the matchup with Oral Roberts at home on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
March 21, 2012 | Big 12 Baseball Championship Tickets on Sale
All-session tickets for the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at RedHawks Field in Oklahoma City are now on sale. The championship will be played in a double-elimination format beginning on Wednesday, May 23, culminating with the championship game on Sunday, May 27.
The event will consist of two, four-team brackets with the first game slated for 9:00 a.m. on May 23. The eight teams with the best conference record (based on winning percentage) in regular season competition will qualify.
All-session tickets are available from $87 for terrace reserved to $117 for 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 may be purchased by calling the Oklahoma City RedHawks Box Office at (405) 218-1000 or through this link.
Oklahoma City has been the site of the championship for eight-straight years and 14 times total. The postseason crown has been won by seven different league squads. Past postseason champions include Kansas (2006), Nebraska (1999-2001, `05), Oklahoma (1997), Oklahoma State (2004), Texas (2002, `03, `08-'09), Texas A&M (2007, `10-'11) and Texas Tech (1998).
March 8, 2012 | Video: OU Update with Golloway and John
The Sooners won their fifth straight game on Wednesday at home against Arkansas Pine Bluff. Since starting the year 1-2 at Pepperdine, OU has rattled off eight wins in the last nine games. View video below as head coach Sunny Golloway and redshirt sophomore Jordan John talk about the Sooners' progress and the upcoming Nike Showcase in Oregon.
Feb. 24, 2012 | Flores on College Hall of Fame Ballot
Four-year letterwinner Javier Flores (1994-1997) was named to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot announced today. The voting is now underway for the 2012 class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock.
The ballot to select this year's inductees features 69 worthy candidates, including the Sooner catcher who was a three-time All-American and helped lead OU to the 1994 National Championship and the 1995 College World Series. Other players on the ballot include: Nomar Garciaparra, Jeffrey Hammonds, Tino Martinez, Mark McGwire, Phil Nevin and Frank Viola.
The members of the 2012 College Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced in late February once all the ballots have been tallied and the results verified. Those selected will join previous inductees, including coaches Jim Brock of Arizona State, Jerry Kindall of Arizona, Bob Bennett of Fresno State, Ron Polk of Mississippi State and the late Rod Dedeaux of USC; and players Barry Larkin of Michigan, John Olerud of Washington State, Derek Tatsuno of Hawaii and Danny Goodwin of Southern University.
The voting panel is composed of approximately 210 members. It is comprised of national and regional college baseball media, active and retired coaches, media and coaches from the "small school" category, a group of about a dozen former players, a group of "college baseball historians" and about 10 members of the Society for American Baseball Research collegiate baseball committee. Past College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees also vote.
To be eligible for the College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, players must have completed one year of competition at a two-year or four-year institution and/or earned verifiable national acclaim. They will be inducted as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame's "Night of Champions" event, which will take place on June 30 in Lubbock.
Catcher Javier Flores (1994-1997) | 6-0, 183
Broken Arrow, Okla. (Union HS)
-1995 First Team All-American (NCBWA)
-1995 Second Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
-1996 Second Team All-American (NCBWA)
-1997 First Team All-American (Sporting News)
-1997 Second Team All-American (NCBWA)
-1997 Third Team All-American (ABCA)
-1997 Third Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
-Member of two CWS Appearances (1994-95)
-Member of 1994 National Title team (freshman)
-Member of 1997 Big 12 Tournament Championship
-Three-time first team all-conference honoree
-Two-time conference all-tournament team
-1994 NCAA Central All-Regional team
-1996 Academic All-Big Eight first team
-Four-year starter at catcher
-Career .344 hitter with 20 HR and 154 RBI (.512 SLG pct)
-Made 28 errors with .982 FLD pct
Flores in OU Record Books
- Only Sooner to have two first team All-America honors in different years
-Third all-time with 59 doubles
-Fifth all-time with 768 at-bats
-Sixth all-time with 264 hits
-Seventh all-time with 219 games played -Eighth all-time with 84 extra-base hits
Feb. 7, 2012 | Video: Golloway on the Sooner Outfielders
In just over a week, the Sooners will hit the road to open the 2012 campaign at Pepperdine on Friday, Feb. 17. Head coach Sunny Golloway spoke recently with SoonerSports.com about the Sooners' outfielders. returning from 2011 and the 2010 College World Series team are a pair of senior starters in Erik Ross and Cody Reine. Evan Mistich will also bring Division I experience to the position while newcomers Brian Brightwell, Dylan Raper, Ty Taylor and Dillon Yeaman look to make an immediate impact.
Feb. 6, 2012 | Video: Golloway on the OU Infield
The Sooners have enjoyed unseasonably warm weather to start off the team practices in preparation for the 2012 season, which begins on Feb. 17 in Malibu, Calif., against Pepperdine. Head coach Sunny Golloway sat down recently and spoke briefly with SoonerSports.com about the team's infield which returns Caleb Bushyhead (SS) and Jack Mayfield (2B). OU will have to replace a pair of three-year starters in Garrett Buechele and Cameron Seitzer and returners Max White and Drew Harrison to fill the void at first base and newcomers Garrett Carey and Dusty Dishman to take over at third.
Jan. 31, 2012 | Video: Golloway Talks Sooner Pitchers
The Sooners began team practices over the weekend in preparation for the 2012 season and held the program's annual banquet. OU, which is ranked No. 14 (NCBWA), No. 15 (USA Today/ESPN), No. 16 (Collegiate Baseball) and No. 19 (Baseball America), has been noted for having a deep and talented pitching staff in 2012, which features seven players that have been drafted professionaly in their young careers, including 2011 freshman All-American Dillon Overton.
Recently, head coach Sunny Golloway spoke briefly with SoonerSports.com about the team's strength on the mound.
Jan. 28, 2012 | NCBWA Tabs Sooners No. 14
The fourth and final major preseason poll was released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association on Jan. 28 and OU received its highest ranking at No. 14. The NCBWA preseason poll also had five of the Sooners' 2012 opponents listed in the top 25 with No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 6 Arkansas, No. 7 Texas, No. 13 TCU and No. 22 Oregon State.
- OU No. 15 in USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll
- Baseball America lists OU at No. 19
- Collegiate Baseball has Sooners at No. 16.
Jan. 24, 2012 | Video: Golloway on Sooner Catchers
In just over three weeks, the Sooners will be prepping for the 2012 season opener on Feb. 17 at Pepperdine. The Sooners have been working in individual practices for the last week and a half and one of the starting jobs that is wide open appears behind the plate.
The Sooners have four catchers on the 2012 roster in senior Tanner Toal, sophomores Dylan Neal and Jake Smith and freshman Hunter Lockwood looking to fill the void left by All-American catcher Tyler Ogle, who was drafted in the ninth round by the Dodgers in 2011.
Recently, head coach Sunny Golloway spoke briefly with SoonerSports.com about the depth behind the plate and a little of what fans can expect in 2012.
Jan. 17, 2012 | Video: Golloway on New Coaching Staff
The 2012 season is a month away as the Sooners open the slate on the road on Feb. 17 at Pepperdine. The Sooners reported back to campus over the weekend and have started practices and other prepartions for the regular season.
Recently, head coach Sunny Golloway talked with SoonerSports.com about the new coaches on his staff for this season in Aric Thomas, Jack Giese, Rich Hills and Michael Rocha.
Dec. 26, 2011 | Video: 2012 Sooner Baseball Commercial
Watch the 2012 OU Baseball season ticket commercial as produced by SoonerVision HD, starring senior Caleb Bushyhead, junior Max White and sophomore Jordan John. The video can also be viewed on YouTube, by clicking here.
Season tickets for 2012 season are on sale on SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456-GoOU.
Dec. 16, 2011 | Video: Interview with Asst. Coach Jack Giese
Assistant coach Jack Giese, who joined the Sooners on Nov. 6, recently sat down with SoonerSports.com to talk about taking the job at Oklahoma, settling down in Norman, and the transition from minor league baseball to Division I. Giese also talks about the 2012 OU pitching staff and his time spent at Howard Junior College and the recruiting pipeline that has been built from there to OU.
Nov. 16, 2011 | Sooners Finalize 2013 Class with Weiler
The Sooners finalized the early signing period with the addition of RHP/INF Henry Weiler on Nov. 16. Weiler is from Rockhurst H.S. in Kansas and is the 16th signee to submit his NLI in the early signing period. Weiler, like fellow Kansas product Justin Burba, is ranked the No. 3 recruit in the state by Perfect Game.
On Nov. 15, OU announced the signing of 15 players, including Burba and 10 other high school stars. The Sooners also signed four players from the junior college ranks.
Below is a closer look at Weiler.
RHP/INF | R/R |
6-4 | 185
Kansas City, Mo.
Two-year letterwinner under Jim DeGraw at Rockhurst H.S.
No. 1 pitcher on team as a junior, finished 5-0 with 2.44 ERA.
Named 2010 all-state honorable mention. Pre-season Under Armour All-American.
Led 2010 team to district championship, third place in state.
Member of the Mac-N-Seitz Indians (17-under).
Member of the KC Royals Elite Scout team 2009-2011.
Made it to the final cut at 2010 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) in Cary, NC.
Listed as top 500 recruit by Perfect Game Cross Checker (No. 294 at position).
Ranked No. 3 recruit in state of Kansas by Perfect Game.
Sept. 19, 2011 | Video: Team Practices Begin
After a couple of weeks of individual practices, the Sooners completed their first team session on Monday, Sept. 19 at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners scrimmaged on day one with Caleb Bushyhead flashing his glove at shortstop and newcomers Jonathan Gray, on the mound, and Hunter Lockwood, at the plate, impressing the coaching staff. View interviews below from head coach Sunny Golloway, who was back coaching third base, and Bushyhead. The video also contains footage from today's practice:
Sept. 12, 2011 | Golloway on New Infielders and Outfielders
In part two of the series, OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway talked with SoonerSports.com to discuss the progress of individual workouts and the start of team practice on Sept. 16. Golloway also touches on some of the newcomers in the infield and outfield, including Garrett Carey and Drake Roberts. View the complete interview below, which includes practice footage from Monday:
Sept. 9, 2011 | Golloway on New Pitchers and Catchers
Head Coach Sunny Golloway took some time Friday morning to sit down with SoonerSports.com and discuss the progress of individual workouts and the start of team practice on Sept. 16. Golloway also touched on some of the new faces on the mound, including right-handed pitcher Jonathan Gray, a 10th round pick of the New York Yankees in 2011, and the new catchers, including Hunter Lockwood, a 17th round selection of the Angels in 2011. View the complete interview below, which includes practice footage from Friday, and stay tuned on Monday for a breakdown of the newcomers in the infield and outfield:
Sept. 6, 2011 | Richards Activated from Disabled List
Garrett Richards, the Sooner alum from 2007-2009 and first round pick in 2009, is returning to the bullpen. Richards was activated off the disabled list on Monday and instead of making his third career MLB start, Angels' Manager Mike Scioscia is hoping the hard-throwing right hander can help the bullpen in the postseason. Richards was the Sooners' closer for the first two years in Norman before becoming a starting pitcher.
"His future is obviously as a starter," Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times of Richards, who made two August starts for the Angels before suffering a right groin strain. "But this month, he could have more of an impact in the bullpen if his stuff plays as well as we think it will."
He made his MLB debut on Aug. 10 at Yankee Stadium with a five-inning start and then suffered a groin injury in his next start at Texas.
The Angels are 2.5 games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West standings. The Halos have 21 games remaining in the regular season, including a three-game home series against the Rangers to conclude the slate.
Aug. 26, 2011 | Baseball Wraps up First Week of Fall
The 2012 University of Oklahoma baseball team reported to Norman on Monday, Aug. 22 for the first day of classes on campus.
Throughout the week, the team went through orientation with a series of various meetings to get associated with members of the support staff and to learn the program's rules and policies. Friday marked the first day of individual practices while team sessions begin on Sept. 16.
The Sooners return 15 players from last year's team that finished 41-19 overall in the program's fourth straight NCAA appearance. That group includes Steven Bruce, Caleb Bushyhead, Cale Coshow, Drew Harrison, Jordan John, Drew Krittenbrink, Kindle Ladd, Jack Mayfield, Evan Mistich, Dillon Overton, Cody Reine, Erik Ross, Jake Smith, Tanner Toal and Max White.
The returners will be joined by a group of 24 newcomers competing for spots on the 2012 roster.
Click here to view all of the names on this season's roster and stay tuned to SoonerSports.com for more updates on the squad throughout the fall season, including scrimmages open to the public and the Red/White Series.
"We are excited to get started with this group of highly touted newcomers," said head coach Sunny Golloway. "We have some key players coming back with a lot of experience from last season and the 2010 College World Series."
July 18, 2011 | Aric Thomas Interview
New assistant coach Aric Thomas has arrived in Norman, and last week he took some time out of his schedule for an interview with SoonerVision. Thomas expressed his excitement about returning to OU, where he played for the Sooners from 1994-95 and previously served as an assistant from 1996-2004, and also shared some of the coaching philosophies he will bring to the Oklahoma staff this time around. View the complete interview: