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Oklahoma baseball releases 2013 schedule; slate includes March trip to Dodger Stadium

by Jason Kersey Published: November 1, 2012
OU senior center fielder Max White hit .337 with 55 RBIs last season. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU senior center fielder Max White hit .337 with 55 RBIs last season. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
NORMAN — Oklahoma released its 2013 baseball schedule Thursday; the 56-game regular-season slate features games against nine teams that made last year’s NCAA Tournament, including College World Series teams UCLA and Arkansas.

The Sooners were 42-25 last season, reaching a Super Regional in their sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

March 8-10, OU takes its marquee road trip when it travels to Los Angeles to play in the Dodgertown Classic at Dodger Stadium. There, the Sooners will play an exhibition game against the Korean National Team before taking on UCLA and Notre Dame.

“As our student-athletes, coaching staff and fan base recognize, you represent a great university by having a challenging schedule and look forward to it and embrace it as its prepares you to become a champion,” said OU coach Sunny Golloway. “We look forward to the spring and recognize the hard work in front of us in order to be able to compete at a high level.”

The Big 12 Championship tournament will be May 22-26, and for the ninth straight year will be held at Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Ballpark.

The NCAA Tournament begins on campus sites with regionals from May 31-June 3, with some advancing to super regionals from June 7-10.

The eight super regional winners will move on to the 2013 College World Series at TD AMERITRADE Park in Omaha, Neb., from June 15-26.

Oklahoma last appeared in the College World Series in 2010, and won national titles in 1951 and 1994.

The OU baseball team will host its annual Red-White Series this week; the best-of-five series opens this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Game 2 will be Saturday at 2:30; Game 3 is Sunday at 1 p.m.; Game 4 is Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.; and Game 5 is next Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

The Red-White Series is free and open to the public.

The Sooners lost lots of its key players from last year’s Super Regional run — pitchers Jordan John, Steven Okert and Damien Magnifico; shortstop Caleb Bushyhead; outfielders Erik Ross and Cody Reine; first baseman Evan Mistich; and catcher Tanner Toal.

But OU also returns talented pitchers Jonathan Gray and Dillon Overton, plus center fielder Max White, second baseman Jack Mayfield, outfielder Matt Oberste and catcher/DH Hunter Lockwood.

Gray was 8-4 last season with a 3.16 ERA, and Overton was 6-3 with a 3.15 ERA.

White, who usually hit third in the lineup a year ago, led OU with a .337 batting average, 85 hits, 17 doubles and 55 RBIs.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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