The Oklahoma City RedHawks, perhaps the hottest baseball team in the Pacific Coast League, begin a four-game home series at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The first-place RedHawks are 36-23, the franchise's best record at this point in a season since June 2005. Oklahoma City can set a franchise record Thursday by beating New Orleans; a win would be the RedHawks' 14th straight at The Brick.
Right-hander Paul Clemens (6-4, 6.00 ERA) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Oklahoma City. Righty J.D. Martin (3-4, 5.95) is the starter for New Orleans, the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The third-place Zephyrs (30-29) are managed by former big-league catcher Ron Hassey. Former OU baseball star Damon Minor is the Zephyrs' hitting coach.
BORMAN A TWO-TIME CHAMP
Brittany Borman of Oklahoma won a second consecutive NCAA championship in the javelin Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. Borman threw 184-feet, 7 inches on her second attempt. The Missouri native is the first OU athlete to win back-to-back NCAA Outdoor national championships in any track or field event. Borman had little time to relax before the start of the discus finals, where she finished 13th.
BON VOYAGE SCHEDULED
The public is invited to attend a Sooner Send-off at 2:45 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell Park as the Oklahoma baseball team departs for an NCAA Super Regional in Columbia, S.C. The Sooners' bus is scheduled to leave the ballpark a 3. The Send-off meeting point is the parking lot on the west side of Mitchell Park. OU is scheduled to play two-time defending national champion South Carolina in a best-of-3 series starting 7 p.m. Saturday. Game 2 is 6 p.m. Sunday and will be televised by ESPNU. An “if-necessary” third game would be 6 p.m. Monday and televised by ESPN2. All three games will be broadcast on radio, KREF-AM 1400.
The Super Regional champion will advance to the World Series in Omaha, Neb.
COWBOYS JOIN TIP-OFF
The Oklahoma State men's basketball team will be one of eight squads in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, scheduled Nov. 15-18 in San Juan. The Cowboys' first-round opponent has not been determined, but Akron, Massachusetts, North Carolina State, North Carolina-Asheville, Penn State, Providence and Tennessee are the other teams in the event.
LSU-EUNICE WINS SERIES
Louisiana State-Eunice unseated Western Oklahoma State as defending National Junior College Athletic Association Division II baseball champion. The Bengals defeated Western State 7-3 in the title game at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid. Zack Hawkins had three hits and three RBIs for LSU-Eunice, which finished 57-5. Marty Dunlap homered for Western State (48-17), but LSU-Eunice pitcher Cody Boutte kept the Pioneers in check most of the game behind 11 strikeouts.