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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Oklahoma Baseball Releases 2017 Schedule

University of Oklahoma head baseball coach Pete Hughes released his team’s 2017 schedule on Monday afternoon. For the first time in five years, the Sooners will open on the road; beginning with opening day at Long Beach State on Friday, February 17 to begin a three-game series. Oklahoma gets the first home game of the slate under its belt on Tuesday, February 21 against Grambling State at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

An evenly balanced schedule features 27 home games, 26 road games, including two trips to the Eastern Time zone and one to the Pacific, and the Bedlam series in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Sooners play nearly half of its schedule, 24 games, against 10 teams that finished 2016 in the top-75 of the RPI ratings. A total of 18 games come against seven opponents that appeared in a NCAA Regional; eight of which will be played at home.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Baseball: OU Halloween Game Returns October 27

The University of Oklahoma baseball team and head coach Pete Hughes invite the community to L. Dale Mitchell Park for the team’s Fourth Annual ALS Awareness Halloween Game on Thursday, October 27 at 6 p.m. Admission is free for fans of all ages, who are encouraged to arrive in costume. The Sooners will take the field for an intra-squad scrimmage dressed in costume for the event.

Kids attending the game in costume will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat at the field and meet with players. Kinds in costume will also be invited down to the field for a picture with the team at the conclusion of the game. Gates will open at 5 p.m.

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“This game has been the hit of the year three years running,” marked Hughes. “It’s a terrific opportunity for our team to connect with our community as well as for our fans to see some of the new faces in our dugout. We’re about community and family and there’s no better night to bring it all together than our Halloween game. To be able to do it with the fight against ALS as the backdrop is an honor and something we take seriously.”

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray, WR Zach Farrar to Play Baseball

The Oklahoma baseball team announced their 2016 recruiting class on Wednesday, which included two OU football players.

Texas A&M transfer Kyler Murray might be best known to Sooner fans as the quarterback who announced his transfer to OU around the same time former OU quarterback and 2014 Sugar Bowl MVP Trevor Knight was announcing his transfer to A&M, but Murray didn’t come to OU for football alone.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

OU's Hunter Haley Named National Player of the Week

University of Oklahoma baseball senior left fielder Hunter Haley (Nacogdoches, Texas) was named a Louisville Player National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball News on Monday. Haley powered the Sooner lineup with a Big 12-leading three home runs in a 3-1 week at home.

Oklahoma has had three players named National Player of the Week by CBN in the last three seasons as Haley joins former teammates Kolbey Carpenter (2/23/15) and Mac James (3/10/14). Haley’s honor marks the first weekly award for the Sooners in 2016.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Lincoln Riley 'Understood' Cody Thomas' Decision To Leave Team to Focus on Baseball

Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was asked earlier this month if he was disappointed to lose quarterback Cody Thomas, who chose to leave the football team to focus on baseball this spring.

“I wouldn’t say disappointed,” Riley responded. “I don’t think that would be the right word. I understood it. Guys have got to do what they are passionate about.”

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Two Sooners on Golden Spike Awards Watch List

Two University of Oklahoma baseball team players were named to the Golden Spikes Awards watch list as announced by USA Baseball on Tuesday afternoon. Junior right-handed pitcher Alec Hansen and junior shortstop Sheldon Neuse were each recognized on the 50-player watch list entering the season. For Neuse, he is one of six players on the list to appear for the second year in a row.

Friday, February 5, 2016

OU Baseball Fourth in Big 12 Coaches Poll

The University of Oklahoma baseball team placed fourth in the Big 12 Coaches Preseason Poll as announced by the conference office on Thursday morning. The Sooners received 45 points on their way to their highest position since being the league’s preseason favorite in 2013.

Last season, Oklahoma went 34-27 overall and finished third in the Big 12 with a 13-11 conference record, including series wins at Texas, Kansas State and West Virginia as well as home series wins over Texas Tech and Kansas.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Baseball: OU's Hansen and Neuse Named to Preseason All-American Team

University of Oklahoma juniors Alec Hansen (Loveland, Colo.) and Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas) each earned a spot on the Collegiate Baseball News/Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America Second Team as announced on Tuesday morning. Neuse, the Sooners’ shortstop, claimed preseason All-America status for the second consecutive season.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Oklahoma Baseball to Honor George Frazier at Feb. 13 Diamond Dinner

The University of Oklahoma baseball team’s 13th Annual Diamond Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, February 13 at 7:00 pm. The banquet will take place at the Chesapeake Energy East Side Stadium Club at Memorial Stadium. The Sooner Baseball Family and head coach Pete Hughes will honor Sooner alum and former major leaguer George Frazier.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

OU Baseball Releases Spring Schedule

University of Oklahoma head baseball coach Pete Hughes released his team’s schedule for the 2016 season on Monday afternoon. For the fourth-consecutive season, the Sooners will open at home as Northeastern visits L. Dale Mitchell Park for opening day on Friday, February 19 at 4:00 pm. This season’s schedule features 19 games against eight opponents that reached the NCAA Regionals in 2015 12 games against six teams that finished the season in the RPI Top-50.

Oklahoma will play 25 games at home, 26 on the road and four at neutral sites, including a visit to Dodger Stadium in March. Overall, the Sooners have 26 games against 12 teams that finished in the RPI Top-100.

“Our schedule is driven by RPI,” stated Hughes. “To move on and play games deep into June, we’ve geared out schedule to take advantage of the value of road wins, relative to the RPI, while also recognizing that it’s on us to win more of those critical games. I think this schedule improves our chances of taking that next step and reaching the postseason.”

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

OU Baseball: Sooners Reloaded With 22-Player Roster

University of Oklahoma head baseball coach Pete Hughes announced the arrival of a 22-player incoming class on Monday afternoon. Hughes’ first full class of commits to OU consists of 13 freshmen and nine junior college transfers. Among the class’ top recruits are three 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft selections and two Louisville Slugger All-Americans. In July, Perfect Game rated the class as the 10th ranked incoming class in the country.

“The 2015 class had to be pivotal in the growth of our program and the overall picture of our plan to return to Omaha,” stated Hughes. “It was really late to recruit a Big 12-worthy class at the time of my hire. We had to do a great job with the 2015 class since this is our signature class. It fulfilled all of our recruiting needs and goals in one class.”

The class is comprised of 12 pitchers, three catchers, three infielders and four outfielders. Eight student-athletes stayed home in Oklahoma to pursue their college baseball career, while six come to Norman from Texas and the remaining eight are from seven states stretching from New Jersey to California.

“This recruiting class really shows how powerful the OU brand is. It exemplifies our inside-out recruiting philosophy. We want to get the top kids in Oklahoma and then take advantage of the power of the OU brand. These kids are not just from Oklahoma; we got the Gatorade Player of the Year from Colorado and the only high school player drafted out of Minnesota. This class is our recruiting model. Collectively, they’re talented enough to replace everything we lost in our draft class.”

Right-handed pitcher Ryan Madden is the Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year, one of two such honorees in the class. He was the highest drafted Sooner signee as the 1,037th overall pick in the 35th round by the Colorado Rockies. Right-hander Jake Irvin was also drafted by his home state organization as the 1,100th pick in the 37th round by the Minnesota Twins. Right-handers Chris Andritsos, of The Woodlands, Texas, and Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year Kyle Tyler, from Westmoore High School, who each went undrafted due to their intention to attend OU, earned Collegiate Baseball News Louisville Slugger All-America.

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“The depth of this class, pitching wise, is as talented as a class can get and we need to have that with what we lost. We knew that when we constructed the class. We knew we were going to have a lot of kids leave the program. We lost a super-populated draft class and knew what was going to exit so we needed to bring in guys that could replace all of the innings walking out the door. You’ve got to recruit talented kids and we did.”

Remaining pitchers from the high school ranks include; RHP Connor Berry, RHP Dylan Grove and RHP Austin Hansen. From the JuCo ranks, Oklahoma added RHP Alex Daniele, LHP Austin Kerns, RHP JB Olson, RHP Brayden Young and RHP Joey Zurawik.

Behind the dish, the Sooners welcome Domenic DeRenzo, Renae Martinez and Hunter Southerland. DeRenzo was drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the 1,193rd overall pick in the 40th round. Martinez started his career at UC Irvine before playing at El Camino-Compton. Southerland, an All-State Large West selection, is a local product out of Westmoore that adds a versatile option to the mix with the ability to play the outfield.

On the infield, Oklahoma picked up Jack Flansburg, from Cypress College, Texas All-State selection Cade Harris and Oklahoma All-State Large West selection Thomas Hughes, out of Norman North. Hughes, the oldest of coach Hughes’s five children, will also seek innings on the mound as part of the Sooner pitching staff.

Brought in to patrol the outfield are Oklahoma All-State Large West selection Blake Brewster, out of Moore, and Texas All-State pick Steele Walker along with juniors Ben Hollas and Reggie Wright. Hollas joins Oklahoma from Hill College, while Wright comes to Norman from Eastern Oklahoma State.

The 22 newcomers were brought on to replace 18 total losses, including 11 Major League Draft picks back in June. The 11 selections was the largest draft class in the country and tied for the most in program history. To the draft, the Sooners lost seven pitchers, including starters Adam Choplick and Robert Tasin along with back-end relievers Jacob Evans and Ralph Garza Jr. From the lineup, lead-off hitting center fielder Craig Aikin, three-hole hitting infielder Kolbey Carpenter and clean-up hitting catcher Anthony Hermelyn moved on to the professional ranks.

“That’s what happens at Oklahoma. You get drafted and, as a staff, you better be prepared to bring guys in to replace those players and that’s what we did.”

Fall ball gets underway September 1. Throughout the fall season, will go position-by-position with a deeper look at all 22 members of the incoming class.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

OU Baseball: Tasin an Olerud Award Semifinalist

University of Oklahoma baseball's Robert Tasin (Klein, Texas) has been named a semifinalist for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, presented by the College Baseball Foundation. Tasin, a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, is one of 10 players to land on the semi-finalist list.

The award is given annually to the nationals top combo pitcher-position player. Olerud, a first baseman and left-handed pitcher at Washington State from 1987-89, was a consensus All-American and the Baseball America Player of the Year in 1988. A third round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989, Olerud went on to a 17-year career in Major League Baseball and in 2007 was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

As a fifth-year senior, Tasin emerged as the most consistent performer in the Sooners’ rotation. He posted a 9-2 record with a 2.52 earned run average and .222 batting average against, while striking out 57 in 78.2 innings of work. At the plate, Tasin hit .260 (26-for-100) with 19 runs batted in.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Baseball: Four Sooners Voted All-Big 12 First Team

Juniors Craig Aikin (Coppell, Texas) and Kolbey Carpenter (Waco, Texas) led the way as unanimous selections for the University of Oklahoma baseball team on the All-Big 12 First Team as voted on by the league’s coaches. The Sooners landed four players on the First Team; the second most in the league and the most for OU since 1998.

Aikin, the Oklahoma center fielder, was a two-time All-Big 12 Second Team selection prior to this season and ranks second on the team with a .349 batting average. He finished the regular season tied for first in the conference with Carpenter in hits at 82 and ranked second in runs scored with 47. Aikin leads the Sooners with 14 doubles on the year, which ranks seventh in the league. For the season, he has totaled 22 multi-hit games, including three four-hit games and an OU record six-hit effort against Arkansas-Little Rock on March 3.

Carpenter is a first time All-Big 12 selection and has earned starts at four positions this season; 36 of which have come at second base. After just 100 at-bats as a sophomore, he cemented himself in the Sooner lineup hitting sixth, lead-off and now third. Carpenter is second in the Big 12 in hitting and first on Oklahoma at .363. He is also second in the league with a .549 slugging percentage and tied for third with a team-leading eight home runs. Carpenter was selected the Big 12 Player of the Week on three occasions; the most in the league this season and just the third player to ever earn the award three times in a year. He was also honored as a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week in February.

Monday, May 11, 2015

OU Baseball: Tuesday's Game Against SFA Cancelled

The University of Oklahoma baseball team's game against Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday evening has been cancelled due to the playing conditions of L. Dale Mitchell Park. Heavy rains over the weekend have left the field unplayable for the time being.

The game will not be made up. The Sooners' weekend series against TCU at home will be played as scheduled.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Baseball: Jake Elliott Tabbed Big 12 Pitcher of the Week

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Elliott (Coppell, Texas) claimed Oklahoma baseball’s first weekly award of the season by being named the Big 12 Co-Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon. Elliott shares this week’s award with Baylor’s Sean Spicer.

Elliott, the first righty to start opening day for the Sooners since 2011, pitched seven-scoreless innings and surrendered just two hits, while striking out four as he picked up the win in a 6-1 victory over Notre Dame.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Baseball: Sheldon Neuse Named to Golden Spikes Watch List

University of Oklahoma sophomore infielder Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas) has been identified as one of 50 candidates for the Golden Spikes Award as USA Baseball announced its preseason watch list on Tuesday afternoon. The award has been annually presented for the last 37 years to the top amateur player in the country and is sponsored by Major League Baseball.

On May 22, the rolling watch list will be narrowed down to a list of semifinalists. In 2013, Oklahoma was represented on the watch list and semifinalists by pitcher Jonathan Gray and first baseman Matt Oberste. Neuse is one of four candidates from the Big 12, including TCU pitchers Riley Ferrell and Preston Morrison and Texas Tech first baseman Eric Gutierrez.

Following his Big 12 Freshman of the Year campaign in 2014, Neuse has picked up several Preseason All-America honors leading up to opening day. Playing primarily at third base, he hit .304 in the three-hole for the Sooners with a team-high .521 slugging percentage with 17 doubles, seven triples and seven home runs.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

MLB Veterans Join OU Baseball Broadcast Crew

Sooner Sports TV has tabbed former Major League Baseball players George Frazier and Mickey Tettleton as color commentators on television broadcasts for the Oklahoma baseball team during the 2015 season. The duo will split duties, while veteran OU broadcaster Chad McKee returns for another season as the play-by-play announcer.

Frazier, a 10-year pitcher in the majors, played for the Sooners from 1975-76 and returned to Norman to call a handful of games in 2014. He has been the television color commentator of the Colorado Rockies on ROOT Sports since 1998. Frazier broadcasting career began immediately following his playing days in 1988 as a college basketball broadcaster and University of Tulsa football sideline reporter. He returned to baseball to broadcast regional games for the Minnesota Twins as well as working with ESPN and Baseball Network.

A ninth round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1978, Frazier was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1978; where he made his MLB debut at the age of 23. In 10 seasons, he appeared in 415 games, all in relief, for five different franchises. He won 35 games, saved 29 and owned a 4.20 earned run average. Frazier pitched in his first postseason in 1981 with the New York Yankees; reaching the World Series. In the final outing of his career, Frazier turned in two innings of shutout-relief in game four of the 1987 World Series as the Twins would go on to win the series in seven games over the Cardinals.

Baseball: Diamond Dinner Auction Items Open to Public

At Saturday night's annual Diamond Dinner, all 19 items up for bid in the silent auction are open to the public. All will be available for bid by those in attendance, but those unable to make the event can place a bid by e-mailing OU baseball coordinator of operations Ryan Gaines at .

Packs of tickets to Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Colorado Rockies and Oklahoma City Thunder floor seats will be included in the auction. Official Oklahoma baseball and football gear, apparel and memorabilia will also be up for bid plus autographed items and more.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Former Sooner Garrett Richards Agrees to One-Year, $3.2M Deal with Angels

Former Sooner Garrett Richards agreed with the Angels on a one-year, $3.2-million deal, settling just above the midpoint and avoiding arbitration.

Richards had asked the Angels for $3.8 million and the Angels offered $2.4 million.

Richards, 26, was arbitration eligible for the first time as a "Super Two." He still has four more seasons, including 2015, before he's eligible for free agency.