Oklahoma scene: Boone Pickens Stadium will be resurfaced with AstroTurf

Installation of the new 76,000-square-foot AstroTurf field is scheduled to begin May 12.
From Staff Reports Published: March 19, 2014
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Jamaal Carter’s go-ahead-for-good basket with 46 seconds left lifted Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) to a 90-86 win over Mid-America Christian in another first-round men’s game at the NCCAA Tournament.

Semar Farris led Mid-America Christian (18-13) with 35 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. The Evangels dropped to the consolation bracket, where they will play 1:45 p.m. Thursday against either Colorado Christian or host Grace College.

Marissa Sell collected 23 points and 24 rebounds to lead Roberts Wesleyan to a 69-66 win over Oklahoma Christian on Wednesday in a first-round NCCAA Women’s Tournament game in Winona Lake, Ind.

Sydney Hill had 18 points and Roz Hamilton 13 rebounds for Oklahoma Christian (17-12), which will play Grace College (17-16) at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

PIKE TO THROW THURSDAY

Oklahoma City U. pitcher Chris Pike will try for a third consecutive no-hitter at 2 p.m. Thursday, when the fifth-ranked Stars (19-6) host No. 11 Oklahoma Baptist (23-3) in a Sooner Athletic Conference baseball game at Jim Wade Stadium on the OCU campus.

Pike has 35 strikeouts with one walk over his last two starts, which included a perfect game on March 7 against St. Gregory’s. He was a second-inning walk away from two-straight perfect games, when OCU wiped out Southwestern Christian 18-0 on March 14.

The senior right-hander is 4-1 this season with a 1.64 earned-run average. Pike has 62 strikeouts and four complete games.

SOONERS LOSE

Oklahoma led after the first inning, but Arkansas-Little Rock took over after that and handed the Sooners an 11-2 baseball loss on Wednesday at Mitchell Park in Norman.

Arkansas-Little Rock’s only error contributed to OU taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Trojans (10-8) took the lead for good in the third inning, mashing starting pitcher Alec Hansen for five runs on three hits.

Joseph Paulino led UALR with three hits and two RBIs. OU (16-6) managed just five hits against four pitchers.

The Sooners will begin Big 12 play at 6 p.m. Friday against Kansas State at Mitchell Park.