As far as baseball names go, it’s hard to beat Boomer White.
It’s one, too, that would have played well in Norman.
Boomer … Soo – nah.
White was recruited by Oklahoma, but chose TCU instead, although he hears his name in little different light now.
“They joke around,” White said. “I hear so many things from the fans, especially around the plate. I get a kick out of it. It really doesn’t bother me at all. I think it’s fun.”
At the plate, and anywhere on the field for that matter, White is all business.
The Oklahoman’s 2014 Big 12 Player of the Year, the TCU left fielder led a late-season charge that had the Horned Frogs threatening Oklahoma State for the Big 12 title, before settling into second place, one game back in the standings.
White batted .320 since April 1, when his team stood 15-12, driving in 24 runs during that month-plus stretch, including 21 in conference play, tying for the league lead.
During that run, the Horned Frogs won 23 of 26 games, often with White doing damage from the middle of the lineup.
“RBIs are huge,” he said. “This weekend at Baylor, I didn’t have a hit in three games, but I managed a couple sacrifice flies, found a way to get runs in. And that speaks to our team and the quality of baseball we’re playing.
“When I’m producing runs, I’m helping our team and I’m helping our pitchers.”
For the season, White is batting .343, ranking in the Big 12’s top five in hits (71), RBIs (40) and runs (44), with 10 stolen bases.
“Boomer White is the heartbeat of their offense,” said OSU coach Josh Holliday.
Said White: “Wow, I definitely take that as an honor and a compliment. I’ve heard people say different things, they like the way I play. I don’t want that to change. I want that to stay the same and keep it going.
“I don’t speak a lot. I’m not a big vocal leader, that’s probably something I should get better at. I feel like I’m a bit of a sparkplug at times, whether on the base paths or laying a bunt down or starting off a rally. I need other people to be successful around me. And they have been.”
He’s also the personality of the team, with a rugged mentality carried over from his standout days as a running back at Houston’s Memorial High School.
“I do feel like it’s a mentality I can definitely use on the field, whether it’s just trying for that extra base or playing with a little bit of grit, a little bit of blue collar mentality,” White said. “I feel like that definitely translates.”