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Big 12 Baseball Q&A: Oklahoma's Kolbey Carpenter looks back on tragic month

The tornado in Moore, the Boston Marathon bombing and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, all hit home for Sooner first baseman.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 23, 2013

In the past month, tragedy has struck in threes, with varying kinds of catastrophes stinging different parts of the country.

And all, to different degrees, have had a direct effect on Oklahoma first baseman Kolbey Carpenter.

One of Carpenter's teachers was running in the Boston Marathon, his academic adviser's house was damaged in Monday's tornado and his hometown of West, Texas, was rocked by a fertilizer plant explosion, which killed his best friend's father.

After the Sooners won their Big 12 Tournament opener 2-0 over Baylor on Thursday, Carpenter reflected on the most adverse month of his life:

Q: Where were you during Monday's storm?

A: I was in Norman. I actually didn't know there was a tornado coming. My parents called me and informed me. The weather looked OK in Norman, so I really didn't think anything of it. But after I heard the tornado came through and I started seeing some of the pictures and the severity of it.

You mentioned your parents. It had to be particularly scary for them, considering what they have been going through in West.

Yeah, they were checking on me all throughout the night and just kind of telling me what they were seeing on the news. With them living in Texas, it was hard for them to know what was going on or exactly where it hit.

You saw the damage in Moore and actually went back home and visited West after the fertilizer explosion. Were there similarities?

When I saw the pictures (of the tornadoes), that's exactly what it reminded me of. I just feel bad for all the families who have lost loved ones and lost their homes.

What was it like walking through West the day after?

Whenever I went back, it was really crowded, more crowded than I had ever seen it before and just the mood, everyone was just sad, not how I'm used to seeing it. And it was hard to see it like that because normally I'm used to seeing everybody happy.

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