College baseball: Breaking down the Blacksburg Regional

Oklahoma opens at noon Friday against Coastal Carolina as the No. 2 seed.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 27, 2013
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photo - The Sooner dugout reacts as Max White (7) returns to the dugout after scoring a run in the Big 12 Championship baseball game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at the Chickasaw Bircktown Ballpark on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
The Sooner dugout reacts as Max White (7) returns to the dugout after scoring a run in the Big 12 Championship baseball game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at the Chickasaw Bircktown Ballpark on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

FRIDAY'S GAMES

Game 1: Oklahoma vs. Coastal Carolina, noon

Game 2: Virginia Tech vs. Connecticut, 4:30 p.m.

THE FIELD

No. 1 Virginia Tech

Record: 38-20

Bid: ACC at-large

Notable: Hokies are hosting their first baseball regional in school history. Junior Tyler Horan leads Virginia Tech with his .349 batting average, 11 home runs and 50 RBIs.

No. 2 Oklahoma

Record: 40-19

Bid: Big 12 champion

Notable: Oklahoma lost nine of its last 12 regular-season games, but went 4-0 in the Big 12 Tournament to earn the conference's automatic berth. The Sooners are led by standout starting pitchers Jonathan Gray and Dillon Overton, who are each 9-2 and boast respective ERAs of 1.55 and 2.89.

No. 3 Coastal Carolina

Record: 37-21

Bid: Big South at-large

Notable: The Chanticleers are one of seven squads nationally to reach seven straight NCAA regionals. Junior center fielder Jacob May is batting .321 with six home runs and 29 RBIs this season.

No. 4 Connecticut

Record: 34-26

Bid: Big East Champion

Notable: UConn was the No. 8 seed in the Big East Tournament, but claimed the title with Sunday's 8-1 championship game win over Notre Dame. The Huskies have strong pitching with Carson Cross (8-4, 2.50 ERA) and Jordan Tabakman (6-2, 2.50 ERA).

TICKETS

Tickets will be available for purchase at 8 a.m. Tuesday through the OU Athletics Ticket Office by calling (800) 456-GoOU or logging onto SoonerSports.com.


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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