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Super Regional Where: Reckling Park (4,500), Houston. When: Saturday 6 p.m.; Sunday noon; Monday, if necessary, noon. Tickets: All-session packages are available for $33, while single-game tickets go on sale today for $15, online at www.riceowls.cstv.com or by phone at 713-522-6957. TV: Saturday ESPN2 (Cox 28), Sunday and Monday ESPN (Cox 29). OU vs. Rice Bottom Line: The Owls are built on pitching and defense, a trademark of Wayne Graham's teams. Rice ranks third nationally with a 3.02 ERA and leads the country in strikeouts per nine innings (9.6). The Owls have fanned 594 batters in 5572/3 innings. OU's front-line pitching has been solid, with Daniel McCutchen and Steven Guerra combining for 20 wins. And the Sooners are the nation's top statistical defensive club. While the Owls are Super Regional regulars, this is a first for any of the Sooners. Rice gets an edge at home and with a deeper pitching staff. But OU has been hot at the plate, with its 47 postseason runs more than any other club. To get out of Houston and on to Omaha, the Sooners better stay hot, get extended outings from McCutchen and Guerra and keep mistakes to a minimum. By John Helsley Back for more
OU claims the most seniors -- 12 -- of the 16 teams still playing in the NCAA Tournament. And they've made a major impact on the Sooners' extended season. John Brownell: 5-0 with two saves out of the pen. Chuckie Caufield: Leadoff man batting .358 with 18 stolen bases. Steven Guerra: Wins leader with 11. Daniel McCutchen: Big-game pitcher offers wins (9) and moxie. Russell Raley: .358 batting average ranks second on the club. Freddy Rodriguez: Made 47 middle infield starts, batting .322. Ryan Rohlinger: Leads the Sooners with a .377 average and 12 homers. Scott Rooker: Reserve outfielder saw limited action. P.J. Sandoval: No. 3 starter contributed six wins. Will Savage: Closer has a staff-high 10 saves and seven wins. Jon Shackelford: backup catcher and infielder. Kevin Smith: nine homers and a team-best 65 RBIs.