On the one-year anniversary of a massive tornado striking Moore, the West Virginia baseball players returned to the city they assisted following their morning practice on Tuesday.
After their appearance in the Big 12 Tournament last year, the team helped Mark and Katrina Ellerd clean up their home, which had been destroyed in the tornado.
The experience has made a lasting bond between the Mountaineers and the family.
“Mark and Katrina Ellerd, they’ve become friends of our program,” said West Virginia coach Randy Mazey. “We wanted to get with them and let them talk to the team and tell us how the last year has been. I think having them come out to their home site, which they don’t live at anymore, brought back a lot of memories for them. It definitely made a lasting impression on our players.”
Mazey’s squad also donated $4,000 in necessities to the victims last year.
“We’ve learned a lot from the people of Moore,” Mazey said. “Our kids won’t remember the scores of the games 20 years from now, but they’ll remember the impact of the people of Moore.”
Baylor coach Steve Smith and Kansas coach Ritch Price also commented on last year’s tornado.
“I have acquired a healthy respect for the citizens of Oklahoma because you’re tough,” Smith said. “It’s amazing the resilience that the people have shown.”
“What happened a year ago touched the hearts of our players,” Price said. “I was so proud of them when they pulled together a few thousand dollars of their own money and bought supplies and gave it to the Red Cross.”
OSU TO START NURDIN AGAINST OU
Oklahoma State will start junior Tyler Nurdin in Wednesday’s Bedlam game against Oklahoma.
The lefty has already seen the Sooners twice this season with mixed results. He got the win while surrendering just one run over five innings on April 1 in Norman, but gave up three runs in 31/3 innings of relief work two weeks later in Stillwater to take the loss.
The decision to go with Nurdin, who has typically been a mid-week starter for OSU, comes as a result of the Cowboys’ philosophy to give starters a full seven days of rest. Ace Jon Perrin started last Thursday against the Sooners and will be available after Wednesday.
BEDLAM TOURNAMENT HISTORY FAVORS OU
At least Wednesday, Oklahoma has history on its side in the Big 12 Tournament.
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