Big 12 baseball notebook: West Virginia returns to Moore

by Ryan Aber and Trent Shadid Published: May 20, 2014
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photo - Mark and Katrina Ellerd of Moore made a trip to Morgantown, W.Va., at the invitation of the West Virginia baseball team. Photo provided
Mark and Katrina Ellerd of Moore made a trip to Morgantown, W.Va., at the invitation of the West Virginia baseball team. Photo provided

Since the league's inception, the Bedlam rivals have played eight times in the tournament. The Sooners have won each time.

Prior to that, though, postseason Bedlam contests favored Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were 21-6 against the Sooners in the postseason before Big 12 play began.

The teams last played in the tournament in 2012, when the Sooners won 1-0. Before that, they hadn't played since 2007.

Since Big 12 play began in 1997, the Sooners and Cowboys haven't played twice in the same tournament.

OSU’S FISH HEADLINES AWARD WINNERS

Oklahoma State’s Zach Fish was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, and Josh Holliday was named Coach of the Year on Tuesday.

Fish, a junior outfielder, batted .321 during the regular season with 38 RBIs and 10 home runs.

Oklahoma’s Sheldon Neuse received Freshman of the Year honors. TCU’s Preston Morrison was named Pitcher of the Year and Texas Tech’s Adam Kirsch was the Newcomer of the Year.

Catcher Gage Green, infielder Donnie Walton, starting pitcher Jon Perrin, and relievers Brendan McCurry and Vince Wheeland also made the All-Big 12 first team for OSU. For OU, Mac James made the first team along with Neuse.

The conference honors are voted on by the coaches.

TICKETS

Single-session, weekend session, and all-session tickets are currently on sale for the Big 12 baseball tournament at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster, at the RedHawks‘ box office, through Big12Sports.com, or by calling the RedHawks at (405) 218-1000.

Single-session tickets range from $13-$37, weekend passes from $67-$87, and all-session tickets from $87-$202.

QUOTABLE

Baylor coach Steve Smith on scholarships and student-athlete compensation: “In several weeks the College World Series will take place, there will be upwards of 25,000 people there to watch the event, and the average player that they will see on the field that day will be a on a scholarship of 43 percent. The entire NCAA Tournament now generates about nine million dollars in profit for the NCAA. There’s something really, really wrong with that especially in a time we’re talking about we need to give (football and basketball) guys on full scholarships another four or five thousand dollars. And I know I’m not the only (coach) who agrees with that. I really wish, and I speak on behalf of all our coaches in this room, that somebody out there in the media would get ahold of that one and run with it, because it’s wrong.”

By Trent Shadid and Ryan Aber

by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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