2011 OU Baseball Guide
The official publication for the Sooner baseball program covering the 2011 season.
,1752'8&7,21 7+( 352*5$0 LETTER FROM COACH GOLLOWAY Welcome to OU baseball, one of the most storied collegiate programs in the nation. The Sooners have built a strong tradition by winning National Championships in 1951 and 1994. Most recently, we made the program's 10th College World Series appearance and are primed for another strong postseason run in 2011. As a Sooner coach, I have been fortunate enough to be a part of four College World Series and the last five regional titles at Oklahoma. It's fair to say that Sooner baseball is second to none when it comes to its student-athletes enjoying success on and off the field. The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department is committed to excellence on the field and in the classroom and that is evident by the amount of resources available to our student-athletes. The expectations remain high and the goals are simple -- to present the studentathletes with the most competitive setting that will prepare them for success at OU and, in turn, in life. As a Sooner head coach, I recognize the outstanding leadership that has come before this coaching staff and the successful student-athletes who have represented this program. We acknowledge the awesome responsibility as caretakers of this program and work very hard to build upon its rich tradition. We will continue to extend our right hand of fellowship to our alumni, fans and the dedicated people who represent this great university as we all work together to bring championships home to L. Dale Mitchell Park. 2011 MEDIA GUIDE CREDITS The 2011 Oklahoma baseball media guide is a production of the University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications office. The guide was written, designed and edited by Assistant Director of Athletics Communications Craig Moran. Additional contributions provided by student interns Ashley Elkins, Lawre Everest, Chris Jeter and Clark Wilson. PHOTOGRAPHY Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, Matt Brown, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kevin M. Cox, Richard Darby, Wendy Egan, Kevin Ellis, Florida Marlins, Flintco, Lisa Hall, Houston Astros, Simon Hurst, ICON Sports Media Inc., Kansas City Royals, Mark Kraus, Jackson Laizure, Jerry Laizure, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Stan Lui, Minnesota Twins, Bruce Newman, Steve Nurenberg, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Elizabeth Roberts, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Ty Russell, Andrew Shurtleff, Aaron Sprecher, Ben VanHouten, John Williamson, Shevaun Williams & Associates, and J.P. Wilson. Nike is the official footwear, apparel and equipment supplier and sponsor of the Oklahoma baseball team. Head Coach Sunny Golloway 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 7$%/( 2) &217(176 7+( 352*5$0 THE PROGRAM Introduction Table of Contents Quick Facts Team Information 2011 Roster 2011 Schedule Baseball Tradition 1994 National Championship 1951 National Championship College World Series NCAA Tournament Conference Success Award Winners MLB Sooners Home Run Club Sunny Golloway Assistant Coaches Offense Defense Media Attention Community Service Bedlam L. Dale Mitchell Park OU Facilities Strength/Sports Medicine The University Academics Athletic Excellence Tradition and Spirit Norman and Oklahoma City 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 14 16 17 18 20 22 24 25 26 27 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 SEASON OUTLOOK 2011 Preview Media Information Broadcast Information Non-Conference Opponents Big 12 Opponents Big 12 Championship 52 56 57 58 60 61 OKLAHOMA STAFF Head Coach Sunny Golloway Golloway Q&A Assistant Coach Tim Tadlock Assistant Coach Mike Bell Ryan Gaines and Russell Raley Sooners Online Support Staff University President David Boren VP/Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione 64 67 68 69 70 71 72 74 75 THE PROGRAM A summary of the tradition established by OU baseball including two National Championships, 10 College World Series appearances, Sooners in Major League Baseball, the staff, facilities, the Bedlam Series, media attention, community service, the campus and academics. SEASON OUTLOOK A preview of the 2011 season. Oklahoma returns all but one position player and one starting pitcher from a team that advanced to the 2010 College World Series. View a breakdown of the Sooners by position and a closer look at each of the returning starters. OKLAHOMA STAFF A closer look at the people who run the Sooner baseball program. Sunny Golloway is entering his sixth full season as the head coach after taking over at the end of the 2005 season. He is joined by assistant coaches Tim Tadlock, Mike Bell and Russell Raley. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 7$%/( 2) &217(176 RETURNER PROFILES 7+( 352*5$0 Chris Ellison 78 Cale Ellis 79 Casey Johnson 80 Caleb Bushyhead 81 Erik Ross 82 Max White 83 Jack Mayfield 84 Ricky Eisenberg 85 Cody Reine 86 Tyson Seng 87 Bobby Shore 88 Ryan Duke 89 Jordan John 90 Tyler Brady 91 Cameron Seitzer 92 Ryan Gibson 93 Tyler Ogle 94 Garrett Buechele 95 Elliott Blair 96 Michael Rocha 97 Drew Harrison 98 Anthony Collazo 99 Player bios listed in order by jersey number NEWCOMER PROFILES Casey Coyle, Evan Mistich Drew Dahlberg, Dillon Overton Cayle Shambaugh, Scott Myers Kindle Ladd, Drew Krittenbrink, Steve Bruce Tanner Toal, Burch Smith Jake Smith, Cale Coshow 100 101 102 103 104 105 2010 REVIEW Season Highlights 2010 Results/Big 12 Recap Overall Team Statistics Big 12 Team Statistics Game-by-Game Statistics 108 110 112 113 114 HISTORY Baseball Timeline Year-by-Year Statistics and Results All-Time Coaches Game-by-Game Results Postseason History Team Records Individual Records All-Americans Award Winners Letterwinners Series Records Major League Alumni 118 120 122 125 136 140 141 146 148 156 162 182 PLAYER PROFILES Each of the 20 returning letterwinners from the 2010 squad, along with the 13 newcomers are highlighted with complete bios, including the team's four captains (Elliott Blair, Garrett Buechele, Tyler Ogle and Michael Rocha). 2010 REVIEW The Sooners hosted the fourth NCAA Regional in the last seven years and won 50 games en route to the program's 10th College World Series appearance. The historic trek to Omaha was made possible after OU knocked off thenNo. 1 Virginia in the Charlottesville Super Regional. HISTORY Review the complete history that has helped OU establish itself as one of the premier collegiate baseball programs in the nation. OU is one of 13 schools to win multiple national titles and it also ranks in the top 15 among College World Series appearances and victories. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 48,&. )$&76 7+( 352*5$0 2,287 1898 555 10 7 2 The number of victories for the University of Oklahoma baseball team, including 20 40-plus win seasons since 1973, entering the 2011 season. The OU baseball program's first year of competition. The number of career wins by current head coach Sunny Golloway. OU made the program's 10th College World Series appearance in 2010. OU has made four of those trips to Omaha with Sunny Golloway on the staff (1992, 1994 and 1995). The Sooners return seven position starters from the 2010 CWS team, including All-Americans Garrett Buechele and Max White. The Sooners have won two National Championships in baseball. The first was in 1951 under Jack Baer and the second under Larry Cochell in 1994. Bobby Shore won 10 games in his first season at Oklahoma and will solidfy a weekend rotation that also returns Michael Rocha. a. KENNY MOSSMAN Senior Associate A.D. | Football THE UNIVERSITY UN Locatio Location: Norman, Okla. Founded: 1890 Founde Enrollment: 30,092 E ll Nickname: Sooners Colors: Crimson and Cream Conference: Big 12 President: David Boren VP/Director of Athletics: Joe Castiglione OU HISTORY First Year of Baseball: 1898 All-Time Record (seasons): 2,287-1,299-11 (111) All-Time Big 12 Record (seasons): 207-179-2 (14) Big 12 Tournament Titles: One (1997) NCAA Postseason Appearances (last): 33 (2010) College World Series Appearances (last): 10 (2010) College World Series Titles: Two (1951 & 1994) STAFF INFORMATION Head Coach: Sunny Golloway Alma Mater: Oklahoma Christian College (1984) Career Record (years): 555-272 (13) OU Record (years): 220-116-1 (6) Assistant Coach: Tim Tadlock - Hitting Coach Assistant Coach: Mike Bell - Pitching Coach Volunteer Assistant: Russell Raley Coordinator of Baseball Operations: Ryan Gaines Office Phone: 405-325-8354 STADIUM INFORMATION Stadium: L. Dale Mitchell Park Capacity: 2,700 Surface: Grass Year Opened: 1982 Dimensions: LF - 335, CF - 411, RF - 335 Pressbox Phone: 405-325-8363 2010 TEAM INFORMATION Overall Record: 50-18 Home/Away: 25-6/16-7 (neutral 9-5) Conference Record (Finish): 15-10 (Second) Conference Tournament Record: 2-1 NCAA Postseason: College World Series (6-3) 2011 OUTLOOK Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 21/8 Position Starters Returning/Lost: 7/1 Pitchers Returning/Lost: 6/8 Newcomers: 14 All-Americans Returning: 3 ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS Baseball Contact: Craig Moran Office: (405) 325-8231 Fax: (405) 325-7623 Cell: (405) 249-8264 E-mail: email@example.com Mailing and overnight shipping address: 180 West Brooks St., Suite 2525; Norman, OK 73019 Web site: www.SoonerSports.com MIKE HOUCK Associate Director | Men's Basketball JARED THOMPSON Associate Director | Women's Basketball CRAIG MORAN Assistant Director | Baseball, Soccer DAVID BASSITY Assistant Director | Cross Country, Track & Field CASSIE GAGE Assistant Director | Softball, Volleyball 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 7($0 ,1)250$7,21 RETURNING POSITION STARTERS Name Class Garrett Buechele Jr. Caleb Bushyhead Jr. Chris Ellison Jr. Cody Reine Jr. Tyler Ogle Jr. Cameron Seitzer Jr. Max White So. RETURNING PITCHERS Name Ryan Duke Michael Rocha Bobby Shore Ryan Gibson Jack Mayfield Anthony Collazo NEWCOMERS Name Steven Bruce Cale Coshow Casey Coyle Drew Dahlberg Drew Krittenbrink Kindle Ladd Evan Mistich Scott Myers Dillon Overton Cayle Shambaugh Jake Smith Burch Smith Tanner Toal Pos. 3B 2B OF OF C 1B OF GP-GS 65-65 68-67 61-56 51-38 58-46 66-63 62-52 Key Stats .359, 16 2B, 17 HR, 65 RBI .327, 16 2B, 6 HR, 40 RBI .326, 4 HR, 32 RBI, 24 SB .340, 7 2B, 10 HR, 42 RBI .331, 11 2B, 11 HR, 46 RBI .305, 15 2B, 16 HR, 53 RBI .293, 13 2B, 15 HR, 43 RBI 7+( 352*5$0 Class Sr. Sr. Sr. So. So. Sr. APP-GS 25-0 20-7 17-17 12-10 17-3 24-1 Key Stats 3-2, 12 saves, 3.75 ERA, 36.0 IP, 39 Ks 8-2, 3.53 ERA, 74.0 IP, 55 Ks 10-5, 4.12 ERA, 94.0 IP, 77 Ks 5-2, 3.76 ERA, 40.2 IP, 40 Ks 5-0, 2.47 ERA, 43.2 IP, 29 Ks 1-0, 3.92 ERA, 20.2 IP, 27 Ks Class Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Pos. RHP RHP C/INF INF RHP RHP INF RHP LHP OF/LHP C RHP C Hometown (Last School) Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound H.S.) Edmond, Okla. (Deer Creek H.S.) Oklahoma City (Putnam City North H.S.) Edmond, Okla. (Edmond Memorial H.S.) Okarche, Okla. (Okarche H.S.) McKinney, Texas (McKinney North H.S.) Houma, La. (Panola J.C.) Oceanside, Calif. (Palomar J.C.) Weatherford, Okla. (Weatherford H.S.) Jay, Okla. (Jay H.S.) McKinney, Texas (McKinney H.S.) Tyler, Texas (Howard J.C.) Southlake, Texas (Howard J.C.) ROSTER BREAKDOWN By Class: Senior 9 Junior 11 Sophomore 4 Freshman 11 By State: Texas Oklahoma California Kansas Louisiana New Jersey 15 12 3 2 2 1 A .300 career hitter, All-American Garrett Buechele looks to lead OU's offensive charge again. He was second in the Big 12 with 17 HR in 2010. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 5267(5 7+( 352*5$0 No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 19 20 21 23 27 30 31 32 33 34 35 37 38 39 42 43 44 45 46 Name Chris Ellison Cale Ellis Casey Johnson Casey Coyle Caleb Bushyhead Eric Ross Max White Jack Mayfield Evan Mistich Ricky Eisenberg Cody Reine Drew Dahlberg Dillon Overton Tyson Seng Bobby Shore Ryan Duke Jordan John Cayle Shambaugh Scott Myers Kindle Ladd Steven Bruce Tyler Brady Tanner Toal Burch Smith Cameron Seitzer Ryan Gibson Tyler Ogle Jake Smith Garrett Buechele Elliott Blair Drew Krittenbrink Cale Coshow Michael Rocha Drew Harrison Anthony Collazo Pos. OF INF OF C/INF INF OF INF/P INF/P INF OF OF INF LHP RHP/INF RHP RHP LHP OF/LHP RHP RHP RHP OF C RHP INF LHP C C INF OF RHP RHP RHP INF LHP Ht. 6-2 6-0 6-0 5-9 5-11 5-9 6-1 5-11 6-0 6-0 5-11 6-0 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-0 6-3 6-0 5-9 6-1 6-0 5-10 5-10 6-3 6-4 6-4 5-11 6-2 6-0 6-1 6-1 6-5 5-11 6-4 5-10 Wt. 189 160 190 180 175 160 203 182 195 192 225 170 160 175 177 175 200 195 155 170 204 165 200 192 225 230 193 225 205 181 184 270 209 255 203 B/T L/R R/R L/R R/R L/R L/L R/R R/R R/R R/R L/R R/R L/L R/R R/R R/R L/L L/L R/R R/R R/R L/R R/R R/R L/R L/L R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R L/L Yr. Hometown (Previous school JR Norman, Okla. (Norman North High School) SR Tonkawa, Okla. (Seminole State) SR Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite H.S) FR Oklahoma City (Putnam City North High School) JR Mannford, Okla. (Mannford High School) JR McKinney, Texas (Grayson County College) SO Durant, Okla. (Durant High School) SO Del Rio, Texas (Del Rio High School) JR Houma, La. (Panola Junior College) SR Seal Beach, Calif. (Cypress College) JR Walker, La. (Grayson County College) FR Edmond, Okla. (Edmond Memorial High School) FR Weatherford, Okla. (Weatherford High School) SR Enid, Okla. (Enid High School) SR Oceanside, Calif. (Palomar Junior College) SR Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen H.S.) RS-FR Corpus Christi, Texas (Calallen High School) FR Jay, Okla. (Jay High School) JR Oceanside, Calif. (Palomar Junior College) FR McKinney, Texas (McKinney North High School) FR Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound High School) SR Newport Beach, Calif. (Cypress College) JR Southlake, Texas (Howard College) JR Tyler, Texas (Howard College) JR Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley West High School) SO Yukon, Okla. (Yukon High School) JR San Antonio, Texas (Canyon High School) FR McKinney, Texas (McKinney High School) RS-JR Arlington, Texas (Lamar H.S.) RS-SR Argyle, Texas (Liberty Christian School) FR Okarche, Okla. (Okarche High School) FR Edmond, Okla. (Deer Creek High School) SR Buda, Texas (Hays H.S.) SO Waxahachie, Texas (Waxahachie High School) SR Paterson, N.J. (Howard College) COACHING STAFF 29 Head Coach 50 Assistant Coach 22 Assistant Coach 51 Volunteer Assistant 18 Student Assistant 25 Student Assistant 28 Student Assistant PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Garrett BUECHELE Sunny GOLLOWAY Michael ROCHA Anthony COLLAZO Cody REINE Ricky EISENBERG Evan MISTICH Drew DAHLBERG Cayle SHAMBAUGH Drew KRITTENBRINK Cale COSHOW Sunny Golloway Tim Tadlock (Hitting Coach) Mike Bell (Pitching Coach) Russell Raley Kaleb Herren Bryan Groth Ross Hubbard BOO-shell GAHL-a-way ROW-cha CUH-lahz-oh REN EYES-in-berg Miss-titch DOLL-berg SHAM-baw CRIT-in-brink co-SHOW ALPHABETICAL ROSTER No. Name 39 Blair, Elliott*** 13 Brady, Tyler 27 Bruce, Steven 38 Buechele, Garrett** 5 Bushyhead, Caleb** 46 Collazo, Anthony* 43 Coshow, Cale 4 Coyle, Casey 12 Dahlberg, Drew 17 Duke, Ryan*** 10 Eisenberg, Ricky* 2 Ellis, Cale* 1 Ellison, Chris** 34 Gibson, Ryan* 45 Harrison, Drew* 15 John, Jordan 3 Johnson, Casey*** 42 Krittenbrink, Drew 23 8 9 21 35 13 11 44 6 33 15 20 16 32 37 31 7 Ladd, Kindle Mayfield, Jack* Mistich, Evan Myers, Scott Ogle, Tyler** Overton, Dillon Reine, Cody* Rocha, Micheal*** Ross, Erik* Seitzer, Cameron** Seng, Tyson** Shambaugh, Cayle Shore, Bobby* Smith, Burch Smith, Jake Toal, Tanner White, Max* * - letters earned 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 6&+('8/( DAY Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday Friday Saturday Sunday Thursday Friday Saturday Wednesday - Sunday Friday-Monday Friday-Monday Saturday-Wednesday DATE Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 22 Feb. 23 Feb. 25 Feb. 26 Feb. 27 March 1 March 3 March 4 March 5 March 6 March 11 March 12 March 13 March 15 March 16 March 18 March 19 March 20 March 25 March 26 March 27 March 29 April 1 April 2 April 3 April 5 April 8 April 9 April 10 April 12 April 15 April 16 April 17 April 19 April 22 April 23 April 24 April 26 April 29 April 30 May 1 May 4 May 6 May 7 May 8 May 13 May 14 May 15 May 19 May 20 May 21 May 25-29 June 3-6 June 10-13 June 18-29 OPPONENT William and Mary William and Mary - DH William and Mary Arkansas-Pine Bluff Arkansas-Pine Bluff Oakland Oakland Oakland UT-Arlington San Diego State % San Diego % California % San Diego State % Arkansas-Little Rock Arkansas-Little Rock Arkansas-Little Rock Arizona State Arizona State *Texas A&M *Texas A&M *Texas A&M *Missouri *Missouri *Missouri Arkansas *Texas Tech *Texas Tech *Texas Tech Oklahoma State *Kansas State *Kansas State *Kansas State TCU *Oklahoma State $ *Oklahoma State @ *Oklahoma State @ Dallas Baptist *Nebraska *Nebraska *Nebraska TCU *Texas *Texas *Texas Arkansas-Little Rock *Kansas *Kansas *Kansas New Mexico New Mexico - DH New Mexico *Baylor *Baylor *Baylor Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship @ NCAA Regional NCAA Super Regional College World Series LOCATION Norman Norman Norman Norman Norman Norman Norman Norman Arlington, Texas San Diego Tournament San Diego Tournament San Diego Tournament San Diego Tournament Norman Norman Norman Tempe, Ariz. Tempe, Ariz. Norman Norman Norman Columbia, Mo. Columbia, Mo. Columbia, Mo. Fayetteville, Ark. Norman Norman Norman Norman Manhattan, Kan. Manhattan, Kan. Manhattan, Kan. Norman Tulsa, Okla. Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma City, Okla. Norman Norman Norman Norman Fort Worth, Texas Austin, Texas Austin, Texas Austin, Texas Little Rock, Ark. Norman Norman Norman Norman Norman Norman Waco, Texas Waco, Texas Waco, Texas Oklahoma City, Okla. Campus Sites Campus Sites Omaha, Neb. TIME 3 p.m. noon / 3 p.m. 11:30 a.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. noon 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 8 p.m. 4 p.m. 1 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 6:35 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:35 p.m. 7:05 p.m. 4:05 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 3 p.m./6 p.m. 1 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 3 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA 7+( 352*5$0 - All times central | * Big 12 game | % San Diego Tournament hosted by USD and played at Tony Gwynn Stadium | $ Game to be played at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Okla. @ Games played at the Redhawks Ballpark (Oklahoma City) 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV %$6(%$// 75$',7,21 7+( 352*5$0 Since the University of Oklahoma started its baseball program in 1898, the Sooners have recorded 85 seasons with a winning record, including 33 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 regional/district titles, 10 College World Series appearances and two National Championships. OU is one of 13 programs across the country to win multiple national titles and the only school, in addition to Texas, to do so in the Big 12 Conference. From the first conference championship in 1925 under head coach Bill Owen to the Sooners' last regional title in 2010 under current head coach Sunny Golloway, winning is a regular occurrence in Norman. 1994 1951 62 50 33 26 20 The Sooners' last National Championship came in 1994, when they defeated Georgia Tech, 13-5, en route to a 50-17 overall record. Oklahoma captured its first NCAA title in 1951, led by hurler Jack Shirley. OU won a then-program record 19 games in 1951. The number of victories recorded by the 1976 Sooners under head coach Enos Semore, a program best. The Sooners won 50 games in 2010 for the fifth time in program history. OU also posted 50-plus victories in 1985, 1976 and 1975. JACK BAER Architect of OU's first National Title in 1951, the same year he was named the National Coach of the Year. Oklahoma has appeared in 33 NCAA Tournaments, a mark that ranks third in the Big 12 Conference. The OU baseball program has captured 26 conference championships in the regular and postseason, the third best total in the Big 12. Since the number of games in a season was increased in the early 1970s, the Sooners have won 40 or more games in 20 different years. LARRY COCHELL Named the 1994 National Coach of the Year after leading the Sooners to the program's second National Championship. 10 Only two other schools in the Big 12 Conference have made more trips (10) to Omaha than the Sooners. ENOS SEMORE Enos Semore won .697 percent of his games coached at Oklahoma, a mark that ranks 40th all-time in NCAA history. 851 9 5 The number of wins recorded by former OU head coach Enos Semore (1968-1989). The total is the highest in school history and was Semore's clubs won nine conference championships, including two Big Eight postseason titles (1977 and 1979). Oklahoma appeared in five consecutive College World Series from 1972-1976. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP %$6(%$// 75$',7,21 1994 Championship Hardware 7+( 352*5$0 Perhaps Oklahoma's most successful alums, L. Dale Mitchell played 11 MLB seasons and his .507 batting avg in 1946 is a school record. OU's stadium is named in his honor. FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS 17 players have been drafted in the first round, with Garrett Richards (below) the latest in 2009. Other notables include: Jackson Williams, David Purcey, Mark Redman, Bobby Witt and John Russell. ALL-AMERICANS J.T. Wise (below) was a consensus AllAmerican in 2009 and one of 59 Sooners to earn the accolade since 1950. Current Sooners Garrett Buechele and Max White collected All-America honors in 2010. ALL-CONFERENCE Seven Sooners have been named a first team all-conference honoree on three occasions in OU history and Casey Bookout (below) was the last to accomplish the feat (1997-99). ACADEMICS OU has four Academic All-Americans in the last five seasons, including Aaron Ivey (below), who was the first Sooner to be named baseball's Academic Al-American of the Year in 2007. Oklahoma won 50 games en route to its 10th appearance in the College World Series in 2010 . 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 1$7,21$/ &+$036 7+( 352*5$0 OKLAHOMA POWERS TO SERIES TITLE For Immediate Release: June, 11, 1994 OMAHA, Neb. -- "Twenty-five guys pulling on the same rope." The 1994 Oklahoma baseball team's season-long motto that inspired them to a 42-17 regular-season record continued to spark OU during postseason play where the Sooners produced thier second baseball national title in school history with a 13-5 rout of Georgia Tech. The national title capped off an incredible NCAA Tournament run by the Sooners who went undefeated in both the regional tournament in Austin, Texas, and the eight-team double elimination World Series. At the time, OU became only the fifth team since the CWS moved to Omaha in 1950 to accomplish such a feat. To further demonstrate the Sooners' dominance during the postseason, Oklahoma trailed in just one of the 72 innings in the NCAA Tournament. OU finished the series as the top hitting (.327) and pitching (2.37 ERA) team, while ranking second in defense (committing only five errors). "We got hot at the right time," said Oklahoma Head Coach Larry Cochell following the championship game."The momentum that we got in Austin carried over, and the two one-run victories here (against Auburn and Arizona State) gave us the confidence to keep it going." Leading the way for the Sooners was senior centerfielder Chip Glass, who was named the Most Outstanding Player of the series. Glass, who hit only three home runs during the regular season, nailed three round-trippers during the series, including one in the championship game. Over the four-game tournament, the Ukiah, Calif., native batted .389 with four RBI and three stolen bases. With the game tied at two after three innings, Oklahoma jumped ahead and claimed a commanding lead that it would not relinquish. Aided by four hits and three Yellow Jacket errors, the Sooners scored five runs in the fourth inning to break open a 7-2 lead. Two frames later, a two-run double by Tech's designated hitter Michael Sorrow (in the top of the sixth) brought the Jackets back to within three runs before a threerun homer by sophomore designated hitter Damon Minor capped off a four-run bottom of the sixth to put the game away for good. 8-0 71 13 2.37 .327 The Sooners ran the table during the 1994 NCAA Tournament with a perfect 8-0 mark, including a 4-0 record in the CWS. Junior leftfielder Aric Thomas and senior rightfielder Darvin Traylor led all Oklahoma hitters with three hits and runs apiece, while both drove in one run each. Junior righthander Tim Walton, who pitched five scoreless innings in relief a week before against Arizona State in the OU's second game of the series, picked up the win after throwing 2.1 strong innings in relief of senior starter Kevin Lovingier. Oklahoma's ace closer, junior righthander Bucky Buckles, came on for the final 3.2 innings of work to close out the game and record his school and Big Eight record 14th save of the season. Buckles' performance earned him a spot on the all-tournament team along with five other Sooners: Glass, senior second baseman Rick Gutierrez, sophomore first baseman Ryan Minor, Traylor and junior pitcher Mark Redman. As a team, OU set a championship game record with its 13 runs and tied the record with 16 hits. "We didn't have any superstars. This was a team in the truest sense of the word. We all pulled together and did what it took to win." Chip Glass, 1994 CWS Most Outstanding Player OU displayed its dominance in the eight games of the tournament by only trailing in one of the 72 innings played. Oklahoma topped Georgia Tech, 13-5, off 16 hits in the championship game, setting a then CWS record. It marked the fourth time the Sooners scored 10 or more runs in the NCAA tourney that year. The OU pitching staff finished the 1994 CWS with the lowest ERA, 2.37, among all the participants. The sluggers also led all CWS teams in 1994 with a .327 batting average. OU averaged seven runs per game in the series. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 1$7,21$/ &+$036 DEFENSE The Sooners' defense, led up the middle by Rick Gutierrez (left) and Rich Hills, finished the College World Series ranked second with five errors. 7+( 352*5$0 1994 NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OKLAHOMA 13, Georgia Tech 5 Sunday, June 11 * Omaha, Neb. Oklahoma (50-17) Name (Pos.) AB Thomas, lf 5 Hansen, lf 0 Traylor, rf 4 Gutierrez, 2b 4 D. Minor, dh 4 Bradshaw, ph 0 Hills, ss 4 Glass, cf 5 Mariani, 3b 3 R. Minor, 1b 4 Soto, ph/1b 1 Flores, c 5 Lovingier, p 0 Buckles, p 0 Totals 39 Georgia Tech (50-17) Name (Pos.) AB Garciaparra, ss 5 McIntyre, 2b 5 Payton, cf 5 Varitek, c 3 Hensley, 3b/1b 4 Byers, 1b 1 T. Barr, ph 0 Lincoln, pr 0 Easterling, lf 0 Sorrow, dh 2 M. Barr, ph 1 Smith, lf/rf 4 Saier, rf 3 Ritter, ph/3b 1 Gogolin, p 0 Totals 34 ACE IN THE PEN Bucky Buckles completed what was then a school-record 14th save for the season after tossing the final 3 2/3 innings in the championship game. POWER LINEUP The middle of the Sooners' lineup (3-5) drove in seven runs in the title game, led by Damon Minor's three-run homer in the 6th inning. R 3 0 3 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 13 H 3 0 3 2 1 0 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 16 RBI 1 0 1 3 3 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 BB 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 SO 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 PO 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 9 3 2 0 1 27 A 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 6 2 1 18 ELITE COACH Larry Cochell became the second coach in NCAA history to take three programs to the CWS, totaling six appearances (Oral Roberts -1978, Cal State Fullerton - 1988 and 1990, and Oklahoma - 1992, 1994 and 1995). R 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 H 2 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 10 RBI 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 BB 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 SO 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 5 PO 3 3 0 4 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 24 A 4 7 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 18 Score By Innings: Georgia Tech 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 Oklahoma 2 0 0 5 0 4 2 0 x R H E 5 10 4 13 16 0 E - Hensley 2 (16), Saier (5), Varitek (9); DP - Georgia Tech 3, Oklahoma 1. LOB - Georgia Tech 8, Oklahoma 8; 2B - Payton (27), Sorrow (9), Hills (28). 3B - Traylor (3); HR - Garciaparra (16), Varitek (17), D. Minor (14), Glass (6); SB - Glass (26). CS - Garciaparra, Mariani. Oklahoma Lovingier Snyder Walton (7-3) Buckles (14) Georgia Tech Gogolin (12-3) Myers McGill Cason IP 2.0 1.0 2.1 3.2 IP 3.1 2.2 1.0 1.0 H 3 1 2 4 H 7 5 4 0 R 2 0 2 1 R 7 4 2 0 ER 2 0 2 1 ER 3 4 2 0 BB 2 1 2 1 BB 3 0 1 1 SO 2 0 1 2 SO 0 3 0 1 WP - McGill, HBP - by Myers (Hills). Umpires - Runchey, Pedersen, Nelson, Magnusson. Start - 12:07 p.m., Time - 2:50, Attendance - 21,053 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 1$7,21$/ &+$036 7+( 352*5$0 SOONERS EARN FIRST TITLE For Immediate Release: June, 17, 1951 OMAHA, Neb. -- They weren't supposed to be there. They weren't even supposed to be that good, but the 1951 Oklahoma baseball team proved in the end that it could play with the best teams in the nation by sweeping through an impressive tournament field en route to its first baseball national title. Oklahoma came from behind to defeat the University of Tennessee, 3-2, in the championship game to become the first team in College World Series history to claim the title after winning the double-elimination tournament in straight games without defeat. The title also gave the University of Oklahoma the distinction of becoming the first school to win three national titles in one school year after the football and wrestling teams both captured national championships. It was a fine pitching performance by one of those good pitchers that lifted OU to victory in the championship game. Sooners' starting pitcher Jack Shirley limited the Volunteers to two runs on three hits. He faced only five batters over the minimum and retired the side in order in seven of the nine innings. After surrendering a single and a double in the first inning, the righthander from Altus, Okla., quieted the Tennessee bats until the fifth inning when he gave up a RBI-single that drove in the Volunteers' second run of the inning. The win was Shirley's second of the tournament after leading the Sooners to victory in their first game against Ohio State, and his eighth in nine starts that year. Offensively, Oklahoma pounded out 11 hits off of two Tennessee pitchers. Most of the Sooners' offensive production came from catcher John Reddell (3-for-5), leftfielder Phil McKee (2-for-4) and first baseman Gene Sheets (2-for-5). However, it was centerfielder Charley Pugsley who delivered the key hit for the Sooners that day. With the game tied at two and two outs in the top of the eighth, Pugsley hammered his only hit of the evening into centerfield to score third baseman Ray Morgosh with the winning run. OU scored its first run of the game in the sixth inning when UT's starting pitcher walked in Reddell with the bases loaded. Reddell figured into the Sooners' next scoring play when he singled home McKee from third to tie the game at two in the top of the seventh. After struggling with a 9-8 win in 10 innings over Ohio State in the opener, and a 7-1 win over Springfield (Mass.) College in the second game of the tournament, OU took its spot in the championship game by defeating Southern California, 4-1. Another pitching star for Oklahoma, Floyd Murphy, led the Sooners to victory over the Trojans as Murphy scattered eight hits, while the Sooner defense aided the effort by turning four double plays in the game. After beginning the season with six straight losses, OU finished the regular season 12-9 and captured the Big Seven Conference crown after compiling a 10-1 mark in league play. The Sooners' shaky start melted away into a hot streak which saw OU win its last 13 games en route to the title. The 13-game streak ranks in the top 10 all-time as the longest win streak to end a season by a CWS champion. "We just weren't a great team, but everybody worked hard. We had a couple of good hitters and two good pitchers, three really." Jack Baer, head coach of 1951 Sooners Gene Sheets tags out a Tennessee base runner during the 1951 CWS Championship game. 7-0 19 13 11 3 The Sooners were undefeated during the 1951 NCAA Tournament with a perfect 7-0 mark, including a 4-0 record in the CWS. Oklahoma's win total during the 1951 season, a school record for the first 72 years of OU baseball until 1969 (23). The Sooners won their last 13 games en route to the 1951 title. That mark ranks in the top 10 all-time as the longest win streak to end a season by a College World Series champion. The Sooners won the title game with three runs off 11 hits, opposite Tennessee's two runs scored off three hits. The University of Oklahoma won three national championships in 1951. With titles also claimed by the wrestling and football teams, 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 1$7,21$/ &+$036 7+( 352*5$0 1951 NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OKLAHOMA 3, TENNESSEE 2 Sunday, June 17 * Omaha, Neb. Oklahoma Name (Pos.) Wich, ss Morgosh, 3b Sheets, 1b Pugsley, cf Antonio, rf McKee, lf Reddell, c Harrah, 2b Shirley, p Totals AB 5 3 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 36 R H 0 1 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 3 11 GENE SHEETS After winning the 1951 National Championship as a sophomore, Sheets became OU's first two-time All-American, earning the honors in 1952 and 1953. Sheets was also OU's first, first team All-American in 1953. JOHN REDDELL A three-year letterwinner in both baseball and football at OU, Reddell scored the Sooners' first run in the national championship game and later drove in the game-tying run in the seventh inning against the Volunteers. RBI 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 PO A 2 8 2 1 10 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 7 1 3 2 0 1 27 13 JACK SHIRLEY The Sooners' ace during the championship run. His win in the title game was his eighth of the season in nine starts. Prior to limiting Tennessee to two runs off three hits, Shirley also helped OU defeat Ohio State in the CWS opener. JACK BAER The Sooners' coach led Oklahoma to its first national championship in baseball and 281 wins overall during his 26 years. The Sooners won six conference championships and advanced to five NCAA Tournaments under Baer. Tennessee Name (Pos.) AB Asbury, lf 3 Bell, ss 4 Hopkins, 3b 4 Hatfield, 1b/p 4 Richichar, cf 4 Anderson, c 2 Payne, rf 1 Huffstetler, p 0 Powell, -b 2 Totals 27 R H 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 RBI 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 PO A 0 0 3 5 1 1 3 3 3 0 6 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 27 10 R H E 3 11 0 2 3 1 Score By Innings: Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 Tennessee 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 E - Richichar. 2B - Hopkins, Reddell, Morgosh. 3B - McKe e. SB - Reddell. S- Powell. DP - Wich and Sheets; Hatfield, Bell and Powe ll. LOB - Oklahoma 16, Tennessee 3. BB - Shirley 4, Huffstetler 1, Hatfield 8. SO - Shirley 6, Hatfield 5. Winner - Shirley. Loser - Hatfield. HBP - Pugsley (by Hatfield).. WP - Shirley. PB - Reddell, Anderson. Umpires - Warneke, Alvarez, Tobin. Time - 2:12, Attendance - 6,290 290 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV &2//(*( :25/' 6(5,(6 7+( 352*5$0 Any Division I baseball program's success is measured in Omaha, Neb., the home of the College World Series. The Sooners have produced that success with two National Championships and 10 CWS appearances. Oklahoma's two national titles ranks second in the Big 12 and only two other members of the conference have more appearances. The Sooners also rank in the top 20 in CWS wins (15) and games played (31). Oklahoma's crowning moments came during the 1951 and 1994 seasons when they ran the table with 7-0 and 8-0 marks, respectively. 1951 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 Head Coach: Jack Baer | CWS Record: 4-0 | Overall: 19-9 Team Stats - Batting Average: .232 | Earned Run Average: 3.94 g g 1951 - PROGRAM FIRST In the second College World Series contested in Omaha, Neb., the 1951 Sooners collect their first National Championship in baseball. 1972 - THE STREAK BEGINS In 1972, OU returns to the CWS and begins a streak of five straight appearances in Omaha. The streak is the fourth longest in NCAA history. Head Coach: Enos Semore | CWS Record: 1-2 | Overall: 35-17 Team Stats - Batting Average: .268 | Earned Run Average: 2.86 Head Coach: Enos Semore | CWS Record: 1-2 | Overall: 48-12 Team Stats - Batting Average: .320 | Earned Run Average: 1.92 Head Coach: Enos Semore | CWS Record: 1-2 | Overall: 43-8 Team Stats - Batting Average: .330 | Earned Run Average: 2.32 1974 - ANOTHER CONFERENCE CROWN & CWS APPEARANCE Oklahoma went about business as usual in 1974 with another Big Eight Conference title and spot in the College World Series. Head Coach: Enos Semore | CWS Record: 2-2 | Overall: 52-10 Team Stats - Batting Average: .300 | Earned Run Average: 2.08 Head Coach: Enos Semore | CWS Record: 0-2 | Overall: 62-19 Team Stats - Batting Average: .318 | Earned Run Average: 2.78 1976 - PROGRAM RECORD 62 WINS The Sooners produced a program-record 62 wins in 1976. Only three CWS participants have entered the tournament with more wins. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP &:6 $33($5$1&(6 1992 1994 1995 SUNNY GOLLOWAY The Sooners' current skipper has been a member of the coaching staff in each of Oklahoma's last four CWS appearances., including his first as a head coach in 2010. "Tradition at the University of Oklahoma is second to none. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the 1994 National Championship, four CWS appearances and five regional titles and we look forward to adding on to the storied history." Head Coach: Larry Cochell | CWS Record: 1-2 | Overall: 43-24 Team Stats - Batting Average: .307 | Earned Run Average: 4.99 7+( 352*5$0 Head Coach: Larry Cochell | CWS Record: 4-0 | Overall: 50-17 Team Stats - Batting Average: .319 | Earned Run Average: 4.08 Head Coach: Larry Cochell | CWS Record: 0-2 | Overall: 42-16 Team Stats - Batting Average: .312 | Earned Run Average: 4.01 2010 Head Coach: Sunny Golloway | CWS Record: 1-2 | Overall: 50-18 Team Stats - Batting Average: .196 | Earned Run Average: 3.14 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 1&$$ 72851$0(17 7+( 352*5$0 Oklahoma has made 33 trips to the NCAA Tournament after last season's trek that ended in Omaha, Neb. The Sooners rank third in the Big 12 in NCAA appearances and no conference foe has played in more regional finals in the last six years than the Sooners (5). Below is a closer look of some of OU's numbers in the postseason. 1947 35 33 21 16 8 2 The Sooners' first recorded NCAA Tournament appearance was in in 1947. They defeated Oklahoma A&M, 6-2, in the opener. Sunny Golloway is 35-19 as a coach in eight of the Sooners' last 13 appearances and has been on the staff for OU's last five regional championships (2010, 2006, 1995, 1994 and 1992). OU's total number of NCAA appearances, third in the Big 12 behind Texas and Oklahoma State. Twice, the Sooners have made six straight trips to the tourney (1972-1977 and 1984-1989). OU has played in five NCAA Regional finals in the last six years, including 2006 (above) and 2010 (below) when it advanced to a Super Regional. The Sooners scored 21 runs against Eastern Kentucky to open the 1986 tournament, a program best for an NCAA Tournament game. OU has scored 10-plus runs on 15 occasions in NCAA postseason play. The Sooners have recorded a winning record in 16 of their 33 NCAA tournament appearances. OU is 76-65 in 141 games played. The Sooners have enjoyed home field advantage on eight occasions. OU has hosted NCAA Regionals in 2010, 2009, 2006, 2004, 2000, 1977, 1975 and 1974. When Golloway's Sooners made the program's first appearance in a Super Regional in 2006 at then-No. 1 Rice, he became just the second coach in NCAA history to guide a team that far in his first full year. Despite not hosting a regional at L. Dale Mitchell Park prior to 2006, OU has enjoyed home-field advantage in three of the last five years. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP &21)(5(1&( 68&&(66 7+( 352*5$0 The Sooners' national success begins with winning championships in one of the toughest conferences year in and year out. Oklahoma has won 25 conference championships, which includes three postseason titles in 1977, 1979 and 1997. OU's 25 conference championships rank third among active Big 12 schools. Below is a closer look at the breakdown: Texas .................... 91 Oklahoma State ... 29 OKLAHOMA .......... 25 Texas A&M ........... 22 Missouri ............... 15 Nebraska........ 10 Baylor .............. 6 Kansas ............. 4 Texas Tech ........ 4 Kansas State .... 2 1997 42 25 21 4 Oklahoma won the first Big 12 Tournament Championship in 1997 with four straight wins to close out the tourney. OU defeated Texas Tech, 19-17, to win the inaugural championship. OU won its second Big Eight Tournament Championship in 1979 after defeating Missouri and Nebraska twice. Nick Capra was named the MVP. The Sooners have 42 All-Big 12 honorees over the last six years since Sunny Golloway returned to Norman. The Sooners' 25 conference championships rank third all-time among active Big 12 schools. The Sooners have also finished second in the regular season standings on 21 occasions, most recently 2009. The Sooners hold the record for most runs scored in a Big 12 Tournament game. OU defeated Oklahoma State, 21-6, in 2006 and held the previous high with 19 against Texas Tech in the 1997 title game. Okahoma won four straight regular season crowns from 1972-75 under head coach Enos Semore. CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY The Sooners won the first Big 12 Tournament in 1997. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV $:$5' :,11(56 7+( 352*5$0 2009 - J.T. WISE Wise (right) enjoyed one of the best individual seasons in Sooner history in 2009 after collecting the program's first Johnny Bench Award (nation's top catcher) and Big 12 Player of the Year accolade. Wise led Oklahoma in hitting (.359), home runs (17) and RBIs (62) in 2009 and was named a consensus All-American. 2009 - GARRETT BUECHELE The third baseman broke out on the scene in 2009 and became Oklahoma's first Big 12 Freshman of the Year after playing in every game and hitting .353 with 40 RBIs and a .951 fielding percentage. Buechele was named a freshman All-American that same year and followed it up in 2010 with a .359 average, 17 HR and 65 RBI en route to being name an All-American as a sophoomore. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP $:$5' :,11(56 7+( 352*5$0 2004 - OLE SHELDON Sheldon was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in 2004. The Sooners' first baseman hit .367 with 54 RBIs during the 2004 62-game campaign. In Big 12 play, Sheldon drove in half of his overall RBI total and hit .390 with a .996 fielding percentage. 2001 - GREG DOBBS Dobbs was named the 2001 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after hitting .428 throughout the season with 10 homers and 62 RBIs. In conference play, Dobbs hit .423 with 27 RBIs and later was named a second team All-American by three different publications. 1994 - RICK GUTIERREZ Gutierrez was one of several key players who helped OU claim its second national title in 1994. The second baseman was named the 1994 Big Eight Player of the Year after hitting .352 with 10 home runs and 68 RBIs. Gutierrez was also named a first team All-American after the season. 1994 - MARK REDMAN Prior to helping lead the Sooners to the 1994 National Championship, Redman was named the Big Eight Newcomer of the Year. Redman led the Sooners in 1994 with 14 wins and 136 strikeouts in 135 innings pitched. He later broke his single-season strikeout record in 1995 with a 158 Ks, still a program best. 1989 - DARRON COX Cox was named the 1989 Big Eight Player of the Year after a solid senior season. The Sooners' catcher hit .362 with 56 RBIs in 58 games played in 1989. Cox also had 17 doubles and 19 stolen bases en route to earning all-district honors that season. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 6221(56 ,1 7+( 3526 7+( 352*5$0 66 SOONERS DRAFTED UNDER GOLLOWAY During Sunny Golloway's 16 years as a coach, he has helped produce 81 drafted players, including 66 while serving as an assistant or head coach at Oklahoma. Player Danny Black Zach Neal Garrett Buechele Jeremy Erben Jason Chowning Garrett Richards Andrew Doyle J.T. Wise Jamie Johnson Chase Anderson Bryant Hernandez Aaron Baker Antwonie Hubbard Matt Harughty Mike Gosse Jackson Williams Joe Dunigan Heath Taylor Stephen Porlier Aaron Reza Brad Burns Ryan Rohlinger Daniel McCutchen Russell Raley Kody Kaiser William Savage John Brownell Chuckie Caufield Kevin Smith Ryan Mottern Garrett Patterson Daniel McCutchen Ryan Rohlinger Tyler Gooch David Purcey Jarod McAuliff Mark Roberts Ole Sheldon Casey Brown Mike Swindell Daniel McCutchen Mark Redman Russ Ortiz Ryan Minor Damon Minor Rich Hills Steve Connelly Tim Walton Toby Wilmot Jerry Whittaker Bucky Buckles Kevin Lovingier Ricky Gutierrez Chip Glass Rich Hills Greg Norton Drew Christmon Tim Cossins Ricky Gutierrez Byron Mathews Clifton Foster Jason Evans Brian Eldridge Casey Mendenhall Zak Krislock Tim Cossins Position 2B RHP 3B RHP RHP RHP RHP C OF RHP SS 1B RHP 2B 2B/DH C OF LHP RHP INF RHP INF RHP INF OF RHP RHP OF INF RHP/OF LHP RHP INF RHP LHP RHP RHP INF RHP RHP RHP LHP RHP INF INF INF RHP RHP RHP OF RHP RHP INF OF INF INF OF C INF OF RHP INF INF RHP RHP C Year 2010 2010 2010 2010 2010 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2009 2008 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2006 2005 2005 2005 2005 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1995 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1993 1993 1993 1993 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 1992 Round Team 14th Florida Marlins 17th Florida Marlins 18th Texas Rangers 22nd Arizona Diamondbacks 28th Houston Astros 1st LAA Angels 4th Texas Rangers 5th Los Angeles Dodgers 7th Detroit Tigers 9th Arizona Diamondbacks 9th Los Angeles Dodgers 11th Pittsburgh Pirates 26th Cleveland Indians 26th Chicago White Sox 23rd Detroit Tigers 1st San Francisco Giants 5th Seattle Mariners 10th Cleveland Indians 21st Oakland Athletics 21st Boston Red Sox 26th New York Mets 6th San Francisco Giants 13th New York Yankees 21st New York Yankees 26th Los Angeles Dodgers 26th Philadelphia Phillies 27th Philadelphia Phillies 39th Milwaukee Brewers 39th New York Yankees 49th Cleveland Indians 7th New York Yankees 12th St. Louis Cardinals 21st St. Louis Cardinals 50th Philadelphia Phillies 1st Toronto Blue Jays 7th Oakland Athletics 8th Texas Rangers 14th Houston Astros 27th Houston Astros 29th New York Mets 29th Tampa Bay Rays 1st Minnesota Twins 4th San Francisco Giants 7th New York Mets 19th New York Mets 20th San Diego Padres 24th Oakland Athletics 25th Philadelphia Phillies 45th Minnesota Twins 2nd Chicago White Sox 7th Texas Rangers 25th St. Louis Cardinals 28th Cleveland Indians 37th Cleveland Indians 48th Atlanta Braves 2nd Chicago White Sox 8th Detroit Tigers 16th Texas Rangers 22nd Milwaukee Brewers 3rd Chicago White Sox 6th Oakland Athletics 12th Chicago White Sox 13th Oakland Athletics 17th Detroit Tigers 23rd Houston Astros 45th Pittsburgh Pirates ST ST Round Pick The OU baseball program has a long standing reputation of producing top talent for the professional level and, with 41 players selected in the last seven years, the tradition continues. Nine Sooners were selected in the 2009 MLB Draft, including Garrett Richards (above), who was taken in the first round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Richards is the second first round selection in the last four years at OU (Jackson Williams - 2007) and the 17th in program history. 2010 2009 41 30 15 9 Oklahoma had five players selected in the last MLB Draft. At least five players have been taken in four of Sunny Golloway's five full seasons at the helm. Nine Sooners were drafted in 2009 for the second time in the same season under Sunny Golloway, marking the second best total in OU history (10 in 1998). The nine selections led the Big 12 in 2009. Number of draftees since Sunny Golloway's return to Oklahoma in 2004. In the six previous seasons, 35 Sooners were selected in the draft. Since 2005, 30 players have improved their draft status after playing at Oklahoma. The number of players selected in the last six years that were undrafted when they arrived on campus. Five of the players turned into top 10 round picks, including two first rounders in Jackson Williams and Garrett Richards. Nine former Sooners were on Major League rosters in 2010, including Daniel McCutchen (Pittsburgh), the latest Sooner to make his MLB debut. * 25 players from Oral Roberts were drafted during Golloway's tenure (1996-2003). 8QLYHUVLW\ 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VR QLYHUVLW YHUVLW\ RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO NODKRPD EDVHEDOO DKRP VHED VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 6221(56 ,1 7+( 3526 OKLAHOMA ALL-STARS Mark Redman, a 10-year veteran, became the eighth Sooner to earn a spot in the MLB All-Star Game with his selection in 2006 while with the Kansas City Royals. Below is a look at the other Sooners who have earned all-star status in professional baseball: 2006 2003 1994 1990 1988 1965 1961 1960 1952 1949 Mark Redman Russ Ortiz Danny Jackson Jack Armstrong Danny Jackson Eddie Fisher Don Schwall Lyndall McDaniel L. Dale Mitchell L. Dale Mitchell Kansas City Royals Atlanta Braves Philadelphia Phillies Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds Chicago White Sox Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 7+( 352*5$0 2010 MAJOR LEAGUE SOONERS During the 2010 MLB season, nine Sooners played significant roles on various teams across the country, including the latest Sooner to make his MLB debut, Daniel McCutchen with the Pittsburgh Pirates. JASON BARTLETT Current .....Tampa Bay Rays Other.........Minnesota At OU.........2000-2001 GREG DOBBS Current .....Philadelphia Phillies Other.........Seattle At OU .........2001 FIRST ROUNDERS Since 1967, 17 Sooners have been selected in the first round of Major League Baseball's Amateur Draft, including three in the last six years with Garrett Richards' selection in 2009. Each of the last two first rounders are Oklahoma natives with Richards hailing from Edmond and Williams coming from Broken Arrow. Below is a look at each of those players and the teams that selected them: Player Garrett Richards Jackson Williams David Purcey Mark Redman Jack Armstrong Bobby Witt Ray Hayward Craig Reid Paul Williams John Russell Billy Irions Bob Shirley Billy Severns Mike Swenton Mike Swenton Mike Swenton Ralph Rickey Position RHP C LHP LHP RHP RHP LHP SS OF C RHP LHP OF OF OF OF OF Year Team 2009 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2007 San Francisco Giants 2004 Toronto Blue Jays 1995 Minnesota Twins 1987 Cincinnati Reds 1985 Texas Rangers 1983 San Diego Padres 1983 San Diego Padres 1983 Houston Astros 1982 Philadelphia Phillies 1981 Philadelphia Phillies 1976 San Diego Padres 1975 Milwaukee Brewers 1971 San Francisco Giants 1971 St. Louis Cardinals 1970 Cleveland Indians 1968 Chicago Cubs GEOFF GEARY Current .....Houston Astros Other.........Philadelphia At OU .........1997-1998 CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS Current .....Pittsburgh Pirates Other.........Seattle Mariners At OU .........2002 DANIEL MCCUTCHEN Current .....Pittsburgh Pirates Other.........none At OU .........2004-2006 RUSS ORTIZ Current .....Los Angeles Dodgers Other.........SF, HOU, BAL, ...................ATL, ARI At OU .........1993-1995 DAVID PURCEY Current .....Toronto Blue Jays Other.........none At OU .........1993-1995 MAJOR LEAGUE AFFILIATION Off the playing field, several former Sooners are still involved with the sport on the Major League level. Below is a look at some of the Sooners working in professional baseball: Name (years at OU) Rickey Bennett (1989-92) George Frazier (1975-76) Mickey Hatcher (1977) Stan Meek (1972-74) Ryan Minor (1993-95) Joe Simpson (1971-73) Position Organization Assistant General Manager Houston Astros Television Broadcaster Colorado Rockies Hitting Coach Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Scouting Director Florida Marlins Minor League Assistant Coach Baltimore Orioles Television Broadcaster Atlanta Braves RYAN ROHLINGER Current .....San Francisco Giants Other.........none At OU .........2004-2006 REGGIE WILLITS Current .....LAA Angels Other.........none At OU .........2002-2003 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV +20(581 &/8% 7+( 352*5$0 OK L OMA AH The University of Oklahoma Home Run Club is the official presenter of the event. Those interested in joining the Oklahoma baseball team's official support group can do so at the banquet or by contacting the Oklahoma baseball office with a donation of $50. During past years, the Home Run Club has helped provide the resources to enable the team's facilities to be among the best in the nation. They raised money to provide the washers and dryers for the new equipment room, as well the medical equipment for the training room in the new clubhouse at L. Dale Mitchell Park. One of the club's main fund-raising events every year is its annual golf tournament held at the Jimmie Austin Golf Course. The tournament, which is attended by both OU coaches and players, allows participants a chance to have a great time while supporting the Sooners. Drawings are held for door prizes as well as prizes for a Hole-in-One, closest to the hole on all par 3s and team prizes for first-, second-, and third-place teams. The Home Run Club also supports the Sooners with its presence at both home and away games. The club organizes road trips for members to travel to away games together, such as the series against Oklahoma State held in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. At home games, members have the chance to sit together in some of the best seats inside L. Dale Mitchell Stadium. Those interested in joining the Home Run Club can contact the OU baseball office at (405) 325-8354. BASE BAL L For more than 20 years, the Home Run Club has been a helpful source of financial support for the Oklahoma baseball program. Joining the Home Run Club provides a chance for Sooner fans to help make sure that the tradition that is OU baseball will prosper well into the new millennium. The club provides a great social opportunity as well as a chance to be a part of one of the best programs in the country. The club begins each baseball season with its annual kickoff banquet. Put on by the club, the banquet allows fans and supporters of the program to socialize with other members and staff of the baseball team. The banquet includes speeches from distinguished guest speakers and from Head Coach Sunny Golloway. Golloway previews the upcoming season and introduces each member of the team to the gathering. The event usually takes place in late January or early February, depending on the opening of the season. DANIEL MCCUTCHEN - 2011 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 2004-2006 The Sooners honored at the Diamond Dinner, including the 2011 honoree Daniel McCutchen (left) are listed below: GREG NORTON - 2010 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1991-1993 JEFF BAJENARU - 2006 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1999-2000 DARRON COX - 2009 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1987-1989 RICH HILLS - 2006 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1992-1995 BOB STEPHENSON - 2008 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1948-1950 KYLE DENNEY - 2005 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1998-1999 REGGIE WILLITS - 2008 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 2002-2003 DAMON MINOR - 2005 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1993-1996 EDDIE FISHER - 2007 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1956-1958 RYAN MINOR - 2005 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1993-1995 GEOFF GEARY - 2007 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1997-1998 RUSSELL ORTIZ - 2004 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1993-1995 L. DALE MITCHELL, SR. - 2007 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1942-1946 MARK REDMAN - 2004 Oklahoma Letterwinner, 1994-1995 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP +20(581 &/8% LETTER FROM COACH GOLLOWAY The baseball program at the University of Oklahoma is poised to return to the nation�s elite and continue its storied tradition. We invite you to be a part of this collective effort by joining the Home Run Club. Through your membership in the Home Run Club, you will be supporting our student-athletes, both financially and with your presence at the numerous functions held throughout the season. The OU Baseball team looks forward to the opportunity to get to know the individuals who contribute to the team�s success on and off the field. Your donation gives us a competitive advantage and helps us reach our goals of winning Big 12 and National championships. Together, let's support our players in their journeys to winning championships. 7+( 352*5$0 Boomer Sooner, Sunny Golloway - Head Coach DIAMOND DINNER Q&As At each Diamond Dinner, the inductees participate in a question and answer session with the audience. Pictured left, Greg Norton, the 2010 honoree, answers questions from the audience. HOME RUN CLUB TENT PARTIES Prior to select home games throughout the season, the Home Run Club offers a tailgate for its members. Players and coaches speak at the function, which also serves as an opportunity for fans to learn more about the current team. 2004-present TOP NOTCH FACILITIES Donations over the years by the Home Run Club have helped provide the Sooners with the top resources in the country, including a new indoor hitting facility and upgrades to the team's clubhouse. "This is a great event for fans of OU baseball to not only get to see the current players but also the former players who helped build this program into what it is today," said OU head coach Golloway. "It's always an honor to have the former Sooner greats come back to celebrate the great tradition of this program. "I think all the players, past and present, have enjoyed this event over the past six years and its a tradition we look forward to continuing." POST GAME AUTOGRAPHS After select home games, the players and coaches are available down the third base line to sign autographs for the fans in attendance. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV +($' &2$&+ 7+( 352*5$0 Golloway has been on the OU staff for four of the program's 10 College World Series appearances (1992, 1994, 1995 and 2010). .671 220 45 9 3 6 21 15 6 Golloway's .671 winning percentage ranks No. 15 among current coaches in Division I baseball. The head coach is 555-272-1 after leading OU to its fifth 50-win season in 2010. In just over five years at the helm, Golloway has won 220 games. At the end of the 2005 season, Golloway took over as the interim head coach and OU won 10 of its last 12 regular season games. HEAD COACH SUNNY GOLLOWAY A native of Oklahoma, Sunny Golloway's dream of becoming the head coach at the University of Oklahoma became a reality in 2006 when he was named the Sooners' skipper on July 15. Prior to officially taking over the reins of the program, Golloway served as the interim head coach in 2005, when the Sooners won 10 of their last 12 regular season games and played in the NCAA Regional final against Ole Miss. After helping OU clubs in 1992, 1994 and 1995 reach the College World Series as an assistant coach, Golloway traveled northeast to take over the Oral Roberts program. The Golden Eagles dominated the Mid-Continent Conference under Golloway, winning six conference titles in eight years. ORU became one of the nation's winningest programs during his tenure, averaging 46 victories per season. In 2004, Golloway returned to Oklahoma to help his former mentor, Larry Cochell, bring the Sooners' program back to national prominence. That goal has been accomplished in a short time as three top-10 recruiting classes have been signed at OU while the Sooners enjoyed a College World Series appearance, six trips to the NCAA Tournament, including three NCAA Regionals hosted in Norman, five NCAA Regional finals, the program's only two appearances in a NCAA Super Regional. Golloway won 45 games in his first full year at the Sooners' helm in 2006. The total was the highest since 1994, the year OU won its second national title and Golloway was an assistant on the staff. OU has advanced to nine NCAA tournaments during nine of his 11 seasons as an OU coach (1992, '94, '95, 2004, '05, '06, `08 and `09). His teams advanced to seven in eight years at Oral Roberts. In a 12-month period, Golloway won three national championships. The summer before and after OU's 1994 NCAA Championship, Golloway led his Kenai Peninsula Oilers to NBC titles . OKLAHOMA VP/DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS ON GOLLOWAY "His passion for this program is obvious and his enthusiasm never falters. I know that we have a coach who is devoted to the University of Oklahoma and one that is completely committed to the long-term success of the program." - OU VP/Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione PROMINENT PUPILS The Sooners' scored 21 runs against Eastern Kentucky to open the 1986 Tournament, a program best for an NCAA Tournament game. OU has scored 10 or more runs on 15 occasions. Coaching for various successful teams has given Golloway the opportunity to work with several outstanding players. Below is a list of some of those pupils: Chase Anderson Aaron Baker Danny Black Jason Chowning Ryan Christenson Andrew Doyle J.D. Drew Joe Dunigan Jeremy Erben Mike Gosse Matt Harughty Bryant Hernandez Antwonie Hubbard Jamie Johnson Braden Looper Greg Norton Russ Ortiz Daniel McCutchen Doug Mientkiewicz Damon Minor Ryan Minor Zach Neal Garrett Patterson Stephen Porlier David Purcey Russell Raley Mark Redman Aaron Reza Garrett Richards Ryan Rohlinger Heath Taylor Jackson Williams J.T. Wise The Sooners have recorded a winning record in 15 of their 30 NCAA Tournament appearances. OU is 66-58 in 124 games played. The Sooners have enjoyed home field advantage on six occasions. OU has hosted NCAA Regionals in 2006, 2004, 2000, 1977, 1975 and 1974. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP $66,67$17 &2$&+(6 SURROUNDED WITH SUCCESS Head coach Sunny Golloway has hired two of the game's best in Tim Tadlock and Mike Bell. The OU baseball program is in good hands as Golloway, Tadlock and Bell each served as recruiting coordinators in Division I programs in the last seven years and have landed some of the best amateur talent in the country. Tadlock was hired away from Grayson Junior College prior to the 2006 season where he won 435 games, two NJCAA World Series and made five appearances in the championship series in nine seasons at the helm. OU has thrived with him on the recruiting trail since his arrival in Norman and have hit over .300 in each of his five seasons on the staff. Bell completed his third year in Norman in 2010 after three successful years at Tennessee. In the last four years, he has helped tutor four first round draft picks at Oklahoma and Tennessee, including the Sooners' Garrett Richards in 2009. Richards was one of four hurlers selected in last year's draft. 7+( 352*5$0 TIM TADLOCK Hitting and Recruiting Coach | Sixth year at OU | 20 years of experience GOLLOWAY ON TADLOCK "Tim brings a wealth of knowledge to the areas of recruiting and hitting. He is a proven winner and his success speaks for itself. What is even more impressive about Coach Tadlock is how his players speak so highly of him." PROMINENT PUPILS: Danny Black ............Florida Marlins Rocky Coppinger .....Baltimore Orioles Victor Diaz ...............Baltimore Orioles Jesse Estrada ...........Chicago Cubs Brandon Fahey........Baltimore Orioles Carlos Hines.............Tampa Bay Rays John Lackey.............Boston Red Sox - '02 World Series MVP Andy LaRoche .........Pittsburgh Pirates David Maroul...........San Francisco Giants Daniel McCutchen ...Pittsburgh Pirates Garrett Mock ...........Washington Nationals Bryan Myrow...........San Diego Padres Ryan Rohlinger........San Francisco Giants Brian Tallet ..............Toronto Blue Jays .323 20 4 The Sooners posted the program's highest batting average (.323) since 1999 during Tadlock's first year on the staff in 2006. Tadlock brings 20 years of collegiate coaching experience to Oklahoma and is entering his sixth year with the Sooners in 2011. Tadlock landed the fourth best recruiting class in the country in 2007 for the Sooners. It was the highest ranked class in program history since 1987. MIKE BELL Pitching Coach | Fourth year at OU | 10 years of experience GOLLOWAY ON BELL "Mike has proven to be a true asset to this program in a short time. Our studentathletes are working with an outstanding and knowledgeable coach, who has had success every where he goes." PROMINENT PUPILS: James Adkins ..........Los Angeles Dodgers Chase Anderson ......Arizona Diamondbacks Jason Chowning ......Houston Astros Andrew Doyle .........Texas Rangers Jeremy Erben ..........Arizona Diamondbacks Luke Hochevar.........Kansas City Royals - First overall draft pick in 2006 Antwonie Hubbard..Cleveland Indians Zach Neal ................Florida Marlins Garrett Richards ......Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim J.R. Robinson ...........Tampa Bay Devil Rays Sean Watson ...........Cincinnati Reds 15 4 1 6 At Tennessee, Bell was in charge of recruiting and landed back-toback top 15 nationally ranked classes in 2005 and 2006. The 2005 group was ranked sixth nationally. In addition to coaching OU to the 2010 College World Series and Tennessee in 2005, Bell was also a player on the 1994 and 1995 teams at Florida State that advanced to the College World Series. Bell has coached three first round draft picks in the last five years in Garrett Richards, James Adkins and Luke Hocheavar. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV 1DWLRQDO KDPSLRQV WLRQ PSLR &:6 $SSHDUDQFH $SSHDUDQFHV $SSHDUDQFHV 6221(5 2))(16( 6( 7+( 352*5$0 SOONERS GET OFFENSIVE The OU offense has rejuvenated itself in the last five years, averaging seven-plus runs per game across the past five seasons. In 2010, OU scored 525 runs, the most since the 1998 campaign (606). In addition, for the first time since 2000, the Sooners recorded a team batting average over .300 in five consecutive seasons. Prior to the 1999 and 2000 seasons, OU enjoyed one of its best offensive seasons with a .335 team batting average. The 1998 Sooners also averaged more than nine runs per game that season. In 2010, OU hit .307 as a team (second best average in the Big 12 Conference) and ranked fifth in the league with a .287 average in Big 12 games. The Sooners had eight regular starters hit better than .300 throughout the 2010 season, including three with a mark of .330 or better. In addition, five Sooners finished with 10 or more homers (Garrett Buechele - 17, Cameron Seitzer - 16, Max White - 15, Tyler Ogle - 11 and Cody Reine - 10) for the first time since 1998. Junior Garrett Buechele, who was drafted following the 2010 season, was named an All-American after leading the Sooners in batting average (.359), homers (17) and RBIs (65). Each of the Sooners' last 11 batting champions have been drafted professionally or signed as a free agent following the season. In addition, six of those 11 individuals were selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft, with J.T. Wise (5th round in 2009), Joe Dunigan (5th round in 2007) and Ryan Rohlinger (6th round in 2006) being the last three Sooners to hold that distinction. CHRIS ELLISON Featured at the top of the order each of the last two seasons, Chris Ellison is a career .326 hitter in his 114 games played as a Sooner. The speedy center fielder also causes plenty of havoc for opposing teams with 24 stolen bases last season. The total was 20 more than what he recorded as a true freshman and the most by a Sooner since current Major Leaguer Reggie Willits (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) swiped 37 in 2003. 3128 525 .323 .300 CAMERON SEITZER The junior first baseman has played in 103 games at OU, starting immediately as a true freshman. He has hit over. 300 in each of his first two years in the Crimson and Cream and ranked second on the team in 2010 with 16 home runs. The son of former MLB great, Kevin Seitzer, he will look to provide that same power and consistency in the middle of the order in 2011. The number of combined runs scored since Coach Golloway's return to Oklahoma in 2004. The Sooners plated 3009 runs in the previous seven years before his arrival. The 2010 Sooners scored 525 runs en route to hosting the fourth NCAA Regional in the last seven years, the most runs scored since the 1998 OU team plated 606. In 2006, OU led the Big 12 in hitting with a .323 average, the highest for an OU squad since 1998 (.335). OU has hit over .300 in each of Golloway's five full seasons at the helm with a .310 average, up 21 points from the previous five (.289). OU has hit over. 300 in Big 12 play in three of the last five years. Prior to the 2006 season, the Sooners also recorded clips of .300 or better in 2000, 1998 and 1997. 91 8 The Sooners hit over 100 home runs for the second time in program history last season with 105. The total is the most since the Sooners set a program record in 1998 with 114. The number of regular starters who hit better than .300 throughout the 2010 season, including seven that return for the 2011 campaign. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWV FRP VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 28 '()(16( .983 .976 43 29 28 MICHAEL ROCHA A three-year starter in the Sooner rotation, Michael Rocha was a key component to the Sooners' College World Series run in 2010, including a win over South Carolina in game one. Rocha has appeared in 20 games in each of his three seasons and has tossed at least 50 innings in each of the campaigns. The senior is 17-8 in 24 career starts after winning a career-best eight games a year ago. 7+( 352*5$0 Oklahoma led the nation with a .983 fielding percentage in 2006, the highest in school history and the second best all-time in the NCAA. OU's .976 fielding percentage in 2010 ranked 11th in the country. In Big 12 play, the mark improved to .981, best in the conference. Number of errors committed in 2006, the second fewest in school history and the lowest since the NCAA schedule was expanded to 56 regular season games. The Sooners' staff returns 29 weekend or postseason starts with seniors Michael Rocha and Bobby Shore, and sophomores Jack Mayfield and Ryan Gibson back. In 2010, closer Ryan Duke had 12 saves and tied the program's career record of 28. He led the Big 12 with 16 saves in 2009 and ranked sixth overall in the country. The 16 saves ranked second in a single season at OU. He returns in 2011 with 73 career appearances. OU produced the nation's top catcher in 2009 as senior J.T. Wise was given the Johnny Bench award. Wise recorded .996 fielding percentage in 2009 and is the second OU catcher in the last four years to be drafted in the first five rounds. 1 DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS A common statement heard throughout the history of sports,"defense wins championships" could not have been more true during head coach Sunny Golloway's first full year at OU's helm. In 2006, the Sooners led the nation with a .983 fielding percentage, the best mark in program history. The mark also ranks as the second best all-time in NCAA history. Behind the strength of its defense, the 2006 Sooners won a regional championship and advanced to the program's first Super Regional appearance (format originated in 1999). OU has finished each of the last six seasons with Golloway on the staff with a mark over .960. In the 10 years prior to Golloway's return in 2004, only five OU squads recorded marks of .960 or better. Coach Golloway stresses fundamental baseball at OU and fans can expect to see strong defense accompanied by solid pitching. Since 2004, Golloway and company have helped develop some of the conference's top pitchers. Twenty-three of the 41 draft picks selected since Golloway's return have been pitchers, including eight who were selected in the first 10 rounds and two that were taken in the first round overall (David Purcey in 2004 and Garrett Richards in 2009). TYLER OGLE Tyler Ogle faced the task of replacing 2009 Johnny Bench Award winner J.T. Wise last season and was impressive in his first year behind the plate for the Sooners. Ogle had a .992 fielding percentage while hitting .331 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs. In 2010, he was on the preseason player to watch for the Johnny Bench Award, the third straight OU catcher to appear on the list. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 0(',$ $77(17,21 7+( 352*5$0 Media attention was high in 2010 for head coach Sunny Golloway and the Sooners during the program's 10th trip to the College World Series. 112 SOONER BASEBALL IN THE SPOTLIGHT Oklahoma Athletics is a household name due to the overwhelming media attention that hovers around the Sooners. Writers and broadcasters representing the nation's most recognized media outlets regularly interact with Sooner players and coaches and routinely spend time in Norman. And when they can't come to campus, those same observers keep tabs on OU thanks to extensive television coverage. The Sooners are at the very center of the college athletics and everybody is watching. Being the most popular sports entity has its advantages. Oklahoma athletics receive more coverage than any other professional or minor league team in the state. OU baseball benefits from that coverage. Behind football and the basketball programs, baseball and softball are next on the food chain. Throughout the spring, several media outlets cover the Sooners on a regular basis. The media attention blossomed in 2010 when the Sooners advanced to their 10th College World Series in program history. Oklahoma was not only one of the most popular stories in the state, but also drew attention nationwide. Located on page 29 are just a few examples of the various front page stories from local publications in 2010. The number of consecutive games televised for the OU football team. In addition, ESPN College GameDay has been on site for 23 of OU's games in the last 10 years. Every contest of the baseball team's 56-game schedule is broadcast live on OU's flagship station KREF 1400 AM or on the internet. Each year, over 80 percent of the games can be heard live on the radio. 56 30 20 15 12 3 OU baseball has enjoyed 55 television broadcasts over the last five seasons, including 30 in 2010. Ten of the games last year were seen on national networks. During the 2009-10 season, the men's and women's basketball teams combined to make 54 appearances on television, including 20-plus nationally televised games. The popularity of the Sooners is evident in the significant amount of products and apparel purchased by fans. OU ranks in the top 15 nationally every year in the sales of licensed merchandise. Since 2000, OU student-athletes have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated 12 times. Sooner football is one the most popular subjects for SI with 33 cover appearances. An average of over 3 million people logged on to SoonerSports.com every month last year, making the official Web site of the Oklahoma Athletics Department one of the top collegiate sites in the nation. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 0(',$ $77(17,21 7+( 352*5$0 The Sooners were seen live on 30 television broadcasts in 2010, including 10 national broadcasts. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV &20081,7< 6(59,&( 7+( 352*5$0 SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS OU OU lives by a clear and strong motto in dealing with its student-athletes...Inspiring Champions for Today, Preparing Leaders for Tomorrow. To fulfill that promise, the athletics department and student-athletes take an active role in a number of community service projects. Sooner student-athletes are exposed to life outside of sports and school work with opportunities to serve and help others. In conjunction with OU's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, all 21 intercollegiate athletics teams participate in community service efforts each month. Each team is awarded points based on community service, involvement with campus activities, and performance in the classroom throughout the academic year and the baseball team recorded the highest mark on campus in 2008. Oklahoma's student-athletes recognize that wearing the Crimson and Cream means representing a popular sports program and themselves as individuals. They are encouraged to respond to a public that adores them, while learning important lessons about making a positive impact in the lives of others and in the community in which they live. Below is a list of some of the community service efforts that the OU baseball team participates in each year: SPECIAL SPECTATORS The Special Spectators is a national organization that invites seriously ill children to attend a sporting event and meet the players and coaches. More than 30 children from several Oklahoma City hospitals have been hosted by football, basketball, baseball and gymnastics over the past year. The Sooner baseball team has participated in the event for the past five years. On top of meeting the players and coaches and participating in batting practice, the children throw out the ceremonial first pitch for that day's game. SOONERS VISIT KENNEDY ELEMENTARY Elliott Blair was one of several Sooners who participated in a weekly program in the fall which features baseball players interacting with children at local elementary schools in various classroom activities. WILLOW SPRINGS BOYS RANCH Since 2005, Oklahoma baseball has partnered with the Willow Springs Boys Ranch in Chandler, Okla., to interact with the children and participate in a day of various landscaping duties and team building exercises. The Willow Springs Boys Ranch is a long-term residential childcare facility that accepts applications from boys between the ages 7 to 12 years old. Boys are able to live on the ranch until they graduate from high school, obtain their G.E.D. or participate in an independent living program after graduation. It is the program's goal to provide an environment where boys can become successful and develop into productive adults. MIRACLE LEAGUE For each of the last five seasons, the OU baseball team has traveled to Mitch Park in Edmond, Okla., to play in a "Miracle League Game." The Miracle League, founded in 1997, is an organization that gives special-needs children an opportunity to play baseball. Miracle Leagues across the country play in specialized complexes that include custom-designed fields with cushioned rubberized turf fields that prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface that eliminates any barriers or obstacles for wheelchair bound or visually impaired athletes. HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Along with other teams at OU, the Sooner baseball team helped out the local Habitat for Humanity Organization in 2007. The program was founded in 1976 and is designed to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness around the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. SPECIAL SPECTATORS For the fifth consecutive season, the OU baseball team spent the day with two children from the Special Spectators' program, a non-profit organization that provides seriously ill children and their families a chance to attend a behind-the scenes day at athletic events. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP &20081,7< 6(59,&( 7+( 352*5$0 BASEBALL FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE Prior to the Texas A&M game on May 15, 2009, Power Roofing and Exteriors presented a check for $4,150 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Oklahoma in memory of Mitchell Whitaker, a special friend of the OU Baseball Team who passed away on Sept. 27, 2007. Throughout the 2009 season, the company donated $50 for each of the 91 home runs hit by the Sooners. The home run total was the fourth most by a Sooner squad and the most since the 1998 team set the program record with 114 dingers. WILLOW SPRINGS BOYS RANCH - FALL 2010 "It's been a huge blessing having the baseball team out here. They're a lot of similarities in what we do at Willow Springs Boys Ranch and what University of Oklahoma baseball is about," said J. Todd Vinson, the founder and executive director. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV %('/$0 6(5,(6 7+( 352*5$0 Redhawk Ballpark in Oklahoma City hosts up to 13,000 fans for games two and three of the Bedlam Series. OKLAHOMA-OKLAHOMA STATE RIVALRY The Bedlam Series, presented by Oklahoma Farm Bureau, played each year between OU and Oklahoma State baseball at neutral sites, plays a huge part in giving each program bragging rights across the state and national prominence. The Sooners and Cowboys represent two of the most successful programs, not only in the Big 12 Conference, but also across the country. The series is the only rivalry in Division I baseball that is played each year at neutral sites during the regular season. In 1986, the Sooners and Cowboys began battling at a neutral site at the All Sports Stadium in Oklahoma City. In 1991, the series moved to Tulsa, Okla. at the Drillers Stadium (Class AA ballpark) for the series opener and the remaining two games were played at the All Sports Stadium. In 1999, games two and three were moved to the Redhawk Ballpark (Class AAA ballpark) in Oklahoma City. The facility, built in 1997, is also home to the Big 12 Championship and the Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers). Close to 12,000 fans will pack the park in Tulsa and more than 13,000 fans will watch the Bedlam Series for each of the remaining two games in Oklahoma City. The rivalry was tabbed one of the best by Rivals.com: "The Sooner State is consumed by the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry. Tabbed "Bedlam" by state natives, the annual series between the two schools is intense on the field. That energy is often channeled into the stands. The series usually starts with a single game in Tulsa, Okla. It then moves to AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City for games two and three. In 2007, the Cowboys swept the Sooners in the regular season series before dropping a single game to OU in the Big 12 Tournament. Though OSU experienced a wealth of success last season, they lead the overall series just 145138, which equates to a winning percentage over 51 percent." - Kendall Rogers, Rosenblatt Report 13,000 12,000 More than 13,000 fans are in attendance for each of the two games of the Bedlam Series played at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Since 1991, close to 12,000 fans have packed Drillers Stadium in Tulsa, Okla., for the series opener each year. 290 15 10 6 1 The Sooners and Cowboys have met 286 times in the series dating back to the early 1900s. Fifteen of the last 27 meetings between OU and OSU have been decided by three or less runs. Ten of the last 17 regular season meetings in the Bedlam Series have been televised, including two national broadcasts by the ESPN family of networks. Six of the last 10 games in the Bedlam series have been decided by one run, including three contests last year. For the first time since 1996, one game of the Bedlam Series was played at a campus site. The non-conference game was played in Stillwater in 2010. OSU returns the trip in 2011 to Norman. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP ,167$7( 5,9$/5< 7+( 352*5$0 The Sooners in pose with the Bedlam Bowl trophy in 2010. OU won the best of three series for the second straight season. WHAT'S AT STAKE Every good college rivalry has the tradition of rewarding the winner a trophy at series' end and the Bedlam Series, presented by Oklahoma Farm Bureau, is no different. The Bedlam Bowl is presented to each yearly winner on the field following the third and final game of the baseball series. The Bedlam Series is not only contested in baseball, but all of the sports that OU and OSU compete against each other. At the end of the academic year, the winner, based on a points system, earns bragging rights until the next athletic year rolls around. The University of Oklahoma has won the overall competition and brought home the Bedlam Bowl in four of the last five years. Downtown Tulsa can be seen in the backdrop of right field at the new OneOK Field, home of the first game of the Bedlam Series. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV / '$/( 0,7&+(// 3$5. 7+( 352*5$0 L. DALE MITCHELL PARK QUICK FACTS Year Opened: 1982 Seating Capacity: 2,700 Dimensions: LF - 335; CF - 411; RF - 335 First Game: Feb. 27, 1982 (Oklahoma 15, Cameron University 4) Largest Crowd: 4,544, vs. Texas (May 4, 1995) Overall Record: 660-171-1 (.794) RECORD CROWD An L. Dale Mitchell Park-record 4,544 fans jammed the stadium on May 4, 1995, to witness the Sooners record a 3-2 win over rival Texas en route to OU's second consecutive NCAA College World Series appearance. POSTSEASON HISTORY In 2006, the facility hosted its first NCAA Regional. It marked the third time in the history of the OU baseball program that it has been chosen to host an NCAA Regional in Norman (1975 and 1977), but first at L. Dale Mitchell Park, which opened in 1982. In 2009, the Sooners again were awarded home-field advantage in the postseason at LDM. Additionally, the Sooners have hosted a regional in Oklahoma City on three occasions and last hosted one in 2004 at the Bricktown Ballpark. BACKGROUND Named for the mid-1940s Sooner letterman who still holds OU's career and single-season batting records, L. Dale Mitchell Park was dedicated prior to the 1982 season. With a $1.3 million price tag, the first phase of the renovation was completed during the 1998 season and included an upper concourse, additional restrooms and additional concession stands. Phase two of the plan has provided for new locker rooms, a training room facility and an equipment room for the Sooners. Prior to the 2002 season, OU completed one of the final stages of the project as the press box facility underwent state-of-the-art improvements. The press box and radio broadcast booths were significantly expanded as well. VIP suites and a disability-accessible elevator were also added. 2001 BEAM CLAY FIELD OF THE YEAR The University of Oklahoma baseball program was awarded the top honor in the collegiate division of the Beam Clay Baseball Diamond of the Year Award in 2001. The award, sponsored by Beam Clay and Baseball America, recognizes the best playing surfaces in three levels of baseball: professional, college and schools, municipalities and parks. The honor marked the second year in a row that OU's L. Dale Mitchell Park was selected as one of the best college baseball fields in the nation after finishing second in the competition in 2000. Oklahoma took first place honors in the competition in 1994 for the first time. The 2006 season was OU's latest entry as programs can enter the competition only once every five years after taking first place honors. Four major league head groundskeepers served as the judges in the competition. RECENT ADDITIONS OU added a practice facility prior to the 2009 season which includes a regulationsize infield with natural grass and a 5,160 square-foot indoor hitting facility. The building contains three full-size pitching and hitting lanes and is heated and air conditioned. The $1 million project covers 22,500 square feet of existing ground at L. Dale Mitchell Park and is located down the left-field line adjacent to the Sooners' bullpen. The ballpark also received a new video and scoreboard in left field prior to the 2009 season and the chair back seats were replaced, as well as new seats added, prior to the 2011 season. The Sooners are one of a handful of collegiate programs to have an indoor hitting facility and additional outdoor practice field on site. DIRECTIONS TO THE FACILITY: OU's facility is located east of the intersection of Chautauqua Ave. and Imhoff Rd. in Norman. From Interstate 35, exit east on Lindsey St. and proceed approximately one and a half miles. Take a right (south) onto Chautauqua Ave. and continue for about half a mile then turn left (east) onto Imhoff. The facility is located on the left, directly north of the Lloyd Noble Center. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP +20( 2) 7+( 6221(56 7+( 352*5$0 TOP 25 ATTENDANCE MARKS AT L. DALE MITCHELL PARK Rank 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 21. 23. 24. 25. Attendance 4,544 3,531 3,522 3,288 3,176 3,168 3,123 3,064 2,895 2,861 2,838 2,720 2,657 2,608 2,558 2,517 2,450 2,419 2,374 2,333 2,312 2,312 2,294 2,260 2,240 Date May 4, 1995 June 5, 2006 April 14, 1998 April 25, 1995 May 29, 2009 May 9, 1998 April 25, 1992 May 30, 2009 April 20, 1993 April 19, 1994 June 2, 2006 June 5, 2010 April 18, 2006 March 20, 2004 June 4, 2006 April 14, 2002 March 21, 1990 April 30, 2005 May 15, 2004 May 31, 2009 June 6, 2010 April 30, 1996 April 1, 2010 April 3, 2010 March 31, 2006 Opponent Result, Score Texas W, 3-2 Wichita State* W, 7-6 Arizona State L, 6-10 Oklahoma State W, 5-4 Wichita State* W, 5-4 Texas W, 14-6 Oklahoma State L, 18-9 Arkansas* L, 6-17 Oklahoma State L, 11-9 Oklahoma State W, 4-2 TCU* L, 6-5 North Carolina* W, 7-6 (10) Rice W, 15-2 Texas W, 3-2 Wichita State* W, 12-7 Texas L, 8-1 Oklahoma State W, 7-6 Nebraska L, 1-7 Texas Pan American W, 12-2 Arkansas* L, 0-11 North Carolina* W, 3-2 Texas W, 10-6 Texas L, 0-5 Texas L, 3-9 Texas L, 0-2 OU ENJOYS RECORD ATTENDANCE SINCE 2006 Since 2006, OU has seen 12 of the top 25 all-time crowds in Norman pack L. Dale Mitchell Park, including four in 2010. The Sooners have ranked in the top 50 across the country in attendance marks. The 2006 season was one to remember for the OU baseball team and its fans, not only because of the postseason run to the Houston Super Regional, but because the Sooner nation's presence at L. Dale Mitchell Park was stronger than ever. OU enjoyed a single-season record seven crowds of 2,000 or more in 2006, including two games over the listed capacity of 2,700. The 3,531 on hand to witness the Sooners win the 2006 Norman Regional Championship on June 5 was the largest crowd at L. Dale Mitchell Park since 4,544 packed the park to watch Oklahoma host Texas on May 4, 1995. "Having been a part of so many of the top attended games, I can testify first hand to the advantage that a sellout crowd gives our players," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "The players feed off that energy from the fans and it was never more evident than during the 2006 Norman Regional. We look forward to many more games with capacity crowds on hand, especially during future postseason runs." * Indicates NCAA Tournament Game The Sooners averaged over 2,200 fans during the three-game series with the Texas Longhorns in 2010. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 28 )$&,/,7,(6 7+( 352*5$0 With one of the greatest winning traditions in intercollegiate athletics, the University of Oklahoma, its players, coaches and fans understand the meaning of "Great Expectations." OU hopes for and expects great things from its athletics teams -- and the athletes and coaches expect the same from themselves. Time and time again, the Sooners have delivered on this expectation: 26 national championships, more than 200 conference titles and more than 1,000 All-Americans. The University of Oklahoma's goal is to provide first-class facilities and resources for all the programs and endeavors sponsored by the institution. OU Athletics captures so much attention and interest that it requires the help and support of all Sooners to continue the tradition that all have enjoyed. With that in mind, OU launched "Great Expectations...The Campaign for Sooner Sports" in 1999. "Great Expectations - The Campaign for Sooner Sports," a recently completed fund-raising effort, was about the continuation of a proud championship tradition. It was a five-year campaign launched with an eventual goal of $100 million, making possible an extraordinary era in new athletics facilities that has led to unprecedented athletic and academic success for OU student-athletes. Among the accomplishments made possible by Great Expectations' donors: an expanded, renovated and more beautiful football stadium; two completely new facilities for men's and women's basketball at Lloyd Noble Center; new or renovated facilities for baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, softball, tennis, soccer and track and field; new strength and conditioning and sports medicine centers and an indoor training center. Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium The $75 million expansion and renovation of OU's football stadium, completed in 2004, transformed a towering concrete structure into a beautiful facility featuring the brick and cast stone that characterize OU's historic buildings. The expansion added 8,000 seats, including 56 suites, on the east side. At the same time, the press box was remodeled and outfitted with several state-of-the-art features. This historical facility is the largest sports arena in the state, and following its recent expansion, now ranks among the 15 largest on-campus facilities in the nation. Everest Training Center Considered one of the premier indoor facilities in the country, the Everest Training Center is a 74,000-squarefoot center that includes a full-size playing field, simulated stadium lighting, a complete scoreboard with play clocks, LED 40-yard timing devices and a ceiling that hangs 65 feet above the playing surface to allow for all kicking and throwing drills. McClendon Center for Intercollegiate Athletics While the football gameday facilities in the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium may be more familiar to OU supporters, the north side McClendon Center for Intercollegiate Athletics is one of the most vital areas for OU's entire athletics program as it is the center of student learning and athletics administration activities. Robin Siegfried & Family Strength & Conditioning Complex Barry Switzer Center A special feature is the Barry Switzer Center on the south side of the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where OU's storied football history is displayed, media conferences are held and recruits are entertained. The center recently experienced a significant upgrade to reflect this success and to fully realize the original vision as an exhibit area focusing on OU's greatest victories and most successful coaching eras. Henry J. Freede, M.D., Sports Medicine Facility This 10,000-square-foot sports medicine facility within the Barry Switzer Center treats athletes from all 21 sports, ensuring the best possible health for OU student-athletes through preventative medicine and post-injury treatment and rehabilitation. Fred & Mary Eddy Jones Foundation Red Room The Red Room is where OU football players meet as a team or offensive/defensive units to watch motivational videos before each game. OU's offense and defense post their goals for each week, and the Sooner coach holds his postgame press conference in this area. Headington Family Tennis Center Expansion The men's and women's tennis teams compete in one of the finest indoor venues in the country. Highlights of the new 55,000 square-foot facility include six air-conditioned courts, championship-quality lighting and surface, and approximately 375 chair-back seats for spectators, which are elevated between the courts. The programs opened a 12-court outdoor championship facility in 2001 during the Great Expectations campaign that was particularly notable because it was donations exclusively from tennis letterwinners who made the new courts possible. This 13,000-square-foot facility serves more than 500 athletes in OU's 21 sports. The state-of-the-art facility inside the Barry Switzer Center has been central to OU's success in recent years and helped develop OU's reputation as a pioneer in the strength and conditioning field. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 28 )$&,/,7,(6 7+( 352*5$0 John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department and the soccer program enjoyed a $4.5 million expansion to the soccer stadium in 2006. In addition to a press box and a permanent grandstand, a multi-use building is located between John Crain Field at the OU Soccer Complex and the Headington Family Tennis Center at the corner of Chautauqua Avenue and Imhoff Road. The multi-purpose complex includes locker rooms, meeting and video rooms and offices for the student-athletes and coaches. Softball Hitting Facility The OU softball team broke ground on an indoor hitting facility in July 2008 that was completed prior to the 2009 season. In 2002, the Robert E. Young and Family Softball Locker Room was added to the Softball Complex, giving the team a spacious and comfortable gathering place for preparation and relaxation. In 2003, the softball field was named in honor of retired softball coach and women's administrator Marita Hynes. Baseball Practice Facility With an estimated cost of $1 million, the OU baseball team opened an indoor hitting facility and practice infield at L. Dale Mitchell Park prior to the 2009 season.The 5,160-square -foot facility has three full-size hitting/pitching lanes and is air conditioned and heated. Previous renovations to L. Dale Mitchell Park were completed in 2001 when the press box underwent state-of-the-art improvements including four suites and a press area, the Mike Treps Media Room. The facility originally opened in 1982. John Jacobs Track and Field Complex The project, which was completed in spring 2004, included a 25,000-square-foot building connecting the Mosier Indoor Practice Facility with the Everest Training Center. This new building includes track and field locker rooms, a sports medicine room and a video teaching room. The John Jacobs Track was altered and re-surfaced to include European Oval turns for a faster track and nine 48-inch wide lanes. Other improvements include upgrades of field event areas, placing them directionally north/south and east/west to take advantage of wind conditions; spectator seating for 2,000; new restrooms and concessions; and the installation of championship lighting. Howard McCasland Field House The Field House is one of OU's most historic buildings. Many OU alumni fondly recall the field house as the home of OU's basketball program, which it was until Lloyd Noble Center opened in 1975. In 2005, the Field House underwent a $6 million facelift that included a complete interior renovation comprised of a resanded and repainted floor with four efficient practice courts and chair-back seating that offers fans more comfort. In addition, the entire facility was repainted and improvements were made to the HVAC system, sound system, lighting and scoreboards. The Sooners have also enjoyed renovations done to the training room as well as an upgrade to both the volleyball and wrestling locker rooms. Wrestling Practice Facility Connected to the McCasland Field House, the Athletics Department launched a $2.4 million project in 2008. The bulk of the construction will include a $1.3 million addition to the Port Robertson Wrestling Center. The facility serves as the practice venue for the Sooner wrestling team. Mary Jane Noble Women's Basketball Center In 1975, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation of Ardmore made the first million-dollar gift in OU history with its contribution to OU's campaign to build a multi-purpose arena. In 1999, the foundation made another gift to support the renovation of the original center, adding first-class matching facilities for the men's and women's basketball teams. The Lloyd Noble Center addition includes two new full-sized practice courts for the men's and women's basketball teams. Bob and Ann Coleman Men's Basketball Center The nearly 63,000-square-feet Lloyd Noble Center addition offers a matched set of men's and women's facilities, including full-sized practice courts, new team and coaches' locker rooms, training rooms and steam/spa/sauna rooms. Office facilities and conference rooms provide views of the practice courts as special features and a shared weight training facility was created. The Kerr-McGee Courtside Club gives fans a venue for special events. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 675(1*7+ 7+( 352*5$0 &21',7,21,1* JERRY SCHMIDT - Director of Sports Enhancement 11 Years at Oklahoma Schmidt is recognized nationally as one of the best in the business and his work, along with his staff, serves as one of the key components to OU athletics excellence. SCOTT ANDERSON - Head Athletics Trainer 13 Years at Oklahoma The recently appointed president of the College Athletic Trainers' Society, Anderson supervises a staff of nine full-time certified athletic trainers, one physical therapist, eight graduate assistants and 20 undergraduates who provide a bulk of the care for OU student-athletes. "I am honored to be appointed President of the College Athletic Trainers' Society," said Anderson. "This is an organization dedicated to the professional and personal life of the college athletic trainer as we expand the margin of safety for our student-athletes in sport." THE PROGRAM Oklahoma's weight training program is a pioneer in the development of strength and conditioning, and is a vital part of the Sooners' traditional success. OU strength and conditioning coaches utilize their expertise along with a wide array of equipment and tests to produce national championship-caliber athletes. Evaluation, goal-oriented programs, supervision and state-of-the-art facilities help Oklahoma athletes become bigger, faster, stronger and more flexible. The Robin Siegfried & Family Strength and Conditioning Complex, located in the Barry Switzer Center, has 13,000 square feet to facilitate the intensive training of OU athletes. The objective of the strength and conditioning program is to ensure each studentathlete in every sport is provided with a sound in-season and off-season program. This program of activity includes strength, conditioning, flexibility and nutrition. A strength and conditioning coordinator for each sport is provided to assist athletes in reaching the highest possible training levels. Located at the south end of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Barry Switzer Center houses administrative offices, the football locker room, the equipment room, the 8,000-square-foot Sports Medicine Facility and the 7,000-square-foot Touchdown Club Legends Lobby in addition to the Siegfried Strength and Conditioning Complex. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 675(1*7+ &21',7,21,1* 7+( 352*5$0 STATE-OF-THE-ART ADDITION Among the recent updates that increased OU's athletic training space to 10,000 square feet were the addition of new hot and cold plunge hydrotherapy pools (shown left). The facility also includes a water rehabilitation pool that features an underwater treadmill, allowing athletes the opportunity to exercise after injury much sooner than on land. By taking away the weight bearing forces of gravity, an athlete is able to keep their running motion while waiting for the injury to heal, allowing the athlete to maintain cardiovascular endurance. The treadmill reaches a speed of approximately eight miles per hour and features underwater jets that provide increased resistance if needed. Underwater cameras allow the athletic trainers and physical therapists to view the running mechanics of the athlete, ensuring proper form and a speedy road to recovery. COMPREHENSIVE REHABILITATION The Oklahoma Athletics Department feels a strong responsibility to help its athletes reach and maintain their optimum health and achieve conditioning goals. For this reason, OU has developed excellent training and conditioning programs to lessen the possibility of injuries. However, should injuries occur, the department is committed to a comprehensive rehabilitation program. Complete athletically-related medical services are provided to Oklahoma studentathletes by team physicians and OU's certified athletic trainers. The University of Oklahoma obtains the services of the best medical consultants available. The base of operation for the Sooners' medical care is the state-of-the-art Henry J. Freede, M.D. Sports Medicine Center in the Barry Switzer Center. Head athletic trainer Scott Anderson says the addition to the Barry Switzer Center has allowed the university to upgrade to a new edition of rehabilitation equipment that can best benefit the student-athletes. From simple therobands to taping tables, the new facility offers everything a school can have or hope to have. The Sooner training room is equipped to perform isokinetic joint evaluation for preventive medicine and for post-injury rehabilitation. The therapy room is supplied with the latest modalities on the market. OTHER ADDITIONS - Two examinations rooms (Don H. O'Donoghue, M.D. Orthopedic Examination Room and E. Randy Eichner, M.D. Examination Room) - Hydroworx 2000 series - Hydroworx Cold Plunge - Two full body whirlpools - Monitored Rehab System shuttle - Digital x-ray 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 7+( 81,9(56,7< 7+( 352*5$0 A PACESETTER FOR PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE U.S. "The University of Oklahoma is truly a great university. It is becoming a pacesetter for public higher education in the United States. We must no longer keep the university's excellence a secret! It's time for us to let others know about the strengths of our university and our determination to make it even better." - University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Multidisciplinary Studies COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE Architecture Construction Science Environmental Design Interior Design COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES African & African-American Studies Anthropology A&S Planned Program Astronomy Astrophysics Biochemistry Botany Chemistry Chinese Classics Communication Economics English Ethics and Religion Film and Video Studies French German Health & Exercise Science History Human Relations Information Studies International & Area Studies Letters Linguistics Mathematics Microbiology Native American Studies Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Public Affairs & Administration Religious Studies Russian Social Work Sociology Sociology - Criminology Spanish Women's Studies Zoology THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA OVERVIEW Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region and nation. The Norman campus serves as home to all of the university's academic programs except health-related fields. The OU Health Sciences Center, which is located in Oklahoma City, is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. Both the Norman and Health Sciences Center colleges offer programs at the Schusterman Center, the site of OU-Tulsa. OU enrolls more than 30,000 students, has more than 2,400 full-time faculty members, and has 20 colleges offering 163 majors at the baccalaureate level, 166 majors at the master's level, 81 majors at the doctoral level, 27 majors at the doctoral professional level, and 26 graduate certificates. The university's annual operating budget is $1.5 billion. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 7+( 81,9(56,7< 7+( 352*5$0 COLLEGE OF ATMOSPHERIC AND GEOGRAPHIC SCIENCES Geography Meteorology MICHAEL F. PRICE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Accounting Economics Energy Management Entrepreneurship & Venture Management Finance Human Resources Management International Business Management Management Information Systems Marketing Supply Chain Management COLLEGE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION Aviation Professional Studies COLLEGE OF EARTH AND ENERGY Environmental Geology Geology Geophysics Paleontology Petroleum Engineering Petroleum Geology COLLEGE OF EDUCATION Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Foreign Language Education Language Arts Education Mathematics Education Science Education Social Studies Education Special Education COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Aerospace Engineering Architectural Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science Electrical Engineering Engineering Physics Environmental Engineering Environmental Science Industrial Engineering Information Technology Mechanical Engineering WEITZENHOFFER FAMILY COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS Art Art History Dance Drama Media - Filmaking, Photography, Video Music Music Education Musical Theatre Performance Studio Arts Theatre Visual Communications GAYLORD COLLEGE OF JOURNALISM & COMMUNICATION Advertising Broadcasting & Electronic Media Journalism Professional Writing Public Relations COLLEGE OF LIBERAL STUDIES Liberal Studies 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV $&$'(0,&6 7+( 352*5$0 THE PATH TO GRADUATION STARTS HERE In the 1950s, he came to OU to play football, and, in the process, broke down barriers and crushed stereotypes. Today, OU student-athletes use the Prentice Gautt Academic Center to break another kind of stereotype. The center that today's student-athletes use everyday now bears the name of the man who left an indelible legacy for Sooner Athletics and helped change a society in the process. The formal dedication of the Prentice Gautt Academic Center was held Friday, Sept. 17, 1999. The proposal to re-name the center was approved by the OU Board of Regents in March 1999. "It is appropriate that this center be named after Prentice Gautt," OU President David L. Boren said."His personal values and character, along with his leadership as associate commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, continue to bring pride to his alma mater. His personal example of quiet courage, grace under pressure, and dedication to the university helped open the doors of opportunity for countless number of African-American and minority student-athletes who have followed him into collegiate athletics." The professional consultants of the Prentice Gautt Academic Center help studentathletes with a variety of academic tasks, from learning strategy instruction to any stage of the writing process including preparing for an essay exam and the formal research paper. The goal is to help student-athletes develop the strategies they need to be successful by encouraging the use of the center for all facets of the learning and writing processes encountered in college. The Prentice Gautt Academic Center provides student-athletes with a state-ofthe-art academic support facility. The environment encourages a collaboration between staff members and student-athletes. In addition, it is highly conducive to learning in all areas of students' academic endeavors and features seven learning centers. Located on the second and third floors in the north end of the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Academic Center houses Academic Counseling offices, and Learning and Skill Development centers including the Kerr Foundation Computer Center, the Thompson Writing Center and centers for communication, reading, study skills, math and foreign language as well as learning enhancement and study areas. LEARNING CENTERS: KERR CAREER CENTER Whether student-athletes are freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduates, they will benefit from the services of the Kerr Career Center. It provides a system of services that educates and guides students through the career development process. The Career Center is dedicated to helping students make the transition from college to career by developing an individualized career plan where they gather information to assist in making a decision about a career; obtain information on the suitable career list; explore classes and publications in the field as well as obtain experience; and gain knowledge and skills necessary for r�sum� writing, job-related letter writing and interviewing techniques. The Career Center is a link with the campus Careers Services Office and offers student-athletes a wide array of effective job hunting skills, training and career services. KERR FOUNDATION COMPUTER CENTER In the 21st century, computers have become an integral part of the learning experience. Students need access to computers and their resources almost daily. The Kerr Foundation Computer Centers are here to meet these technological needs. We provide each student with the equipment and support necessary to succeed. The computer center is housed within the Prentice Gautt Academic Center and houses nearly 200 computers available exclusively to our student-athletes. THE LEGACY OF PRENTICE GAUTT The OU Academics Center that today's student-athletes use everyday now bears the name of the man who left an indelible legacy for Sooner Athletics and helped change a society in the process. "It is appropriate that this center be named after Prentice Gautt," University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren said. "His personal values and character, along with his leadership as associate commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, continue to bring pride to his alma mater. "His personal example of quiet courage, grace under pressure, and dedication to the university helped open the doors of opportunity for countless number of African-American 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP $&$'(0,&6 7+( 352*5$0 Students also enjoy a large amount of storage space on our athletic network. Laptop computers are checked out to students when the computer center is unavailable. This allows access to our network and resources 24 hours a day. The laptop program is very important in helping athletes stay on top of their schoolwork when traveling. Group training is provided for all new student-athletes during the first week of supervised study. This helps familiarize each student with our resources and procedures. Individual training sessions are available to each student and lab technicians are always on hand to help. The Kerr Foundation Computer Center has been a model for other universities around the country. We plan on being a leader in the future as well. Upgrades are scheduled annually and there is a deep commitment from the Athletics Department ensures that the excellence in the computer center will continue for a long time. MATH CENTER If performing math functions is a problem, the solution is the Math Center. As a supplement to class instruction, the Math Center provides all levels of math computations, concepts and problems to help students review course material. In addition, it offers personal and group tutoring sessions to assist with math assignments. READING/STUDY SKILLS CENTER If students have trouble with assigned textbook readings or studying, the Reading and Study Skills Center can help. It provides reading and studying techniques and its staff teach how to make direct applications to current resources. Consultation, computer-assisted instruction, tutoring and independent activities are available. THOMPSON WRITING CENTER Because learning and writing are essential life long skills which can always be strengthened, the Writing Center offers personalized instruction to student-athletes who seek assistance in refreshing, reviewing, or improving these skills. The Thompson Writing Center offers a dynamic, positive atmosphere to help studentathletes generate ideas and strategies for writing assignments. Consultants help student-athletes organize papers, review grammatical basics, develop proofreading and library research skills, and design r�sum�s. COMMUNICATIONS CENTER This academic center focuses on developing communication and public speaking skills for student-athletes. The state-of-the-art center, coordinated by a broadcast professional, builds strong media relations skills through the use of video equipment. KERR FOUNDATION FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER To assist you in speaking, listening, reading and writing in other languages, the Kerr Foundation Foreign Language Center offers a multimedia environment that provides instruction in all foreign languages and in English as a second language. On an individual basis, students have the option of working with computers, audio-visual equipment and tutors in order to enhance their language experience. 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV $7+/(7,& (;&(//(1&( 7+( 352*5$0 SUCCESS ACROSS THE BOARD The University of Oklahoma athletics program boasts a tradition that few schools can rival. Over the years, Sooner squads have combined for 26 team national championships including eight in men's gymnastics, seven in football, seven in wrestling, two in baseball, one in men's golf and one in softball. The Sooner tradition isn't something buried in the past. It inspires OU's student-athletes to greater heights every season. In 2008-09, the Sooner football team competed in its sixth BCS bowl in just seven years and, in 2008, the men's gymnastics team earned its fifth national title in seven seasons. In 2002, the Sooner men's and women's basketball teams carved their spot in history by advancing to the NCAA Final Four -- only the third time in NCAA history a school accomplished the feat with both teams in the same year. The OU women added two more Final Four appearances in 2009 and 2010, becoming one of only eight programs in NCAA history to reach back-to-back Final Fours. Even more remarkable, during the 2008-2009 season, the OU football and men's and women's basketball teams combined for 74 wins � tying the most ever for those three sports by a Division I school in a single season. In 2008-2009, OU went 12-2 in football, 30-6 in men's basketball and 32-5 in women's basketball. The 74-win mark was previously set during the 2001-2002 season by none other than the Oklahoma Sooners. The University of Oklahoma now stands alone in college sports' 30-30-10 club, created exclusively by OU. Oklahoma's student-athletes continue to lead in the classroom and their actions in the community are exemplary. With the Great Expectations campaign, Oklahoma continues to build the finest facilities in the nation.. t faciiliiitiiies in the natiion fa l ties th nat on t es Each day, it becomes more evident that the University of Oklahoma has become one of the finest comprehensive athletics program in the country. When OU student-athletes raise the trophy of another championship, the hands responsible for hoisting that trophy symbolize thousands of Sooners around the globe. The following represents a closer look at the tradition powering the Oklahoma Sooners: � Oklahoma was playing football before it was a state. It's only one of two Division I football programs to win seven or more national championships. And OU is the only Division I football program ever to record 47 straight victories. � With Sam Bradford at No. 1, Gerald McCoy at No. 3 and Trent Williams at No. 4, Oklahoma became the first school ever to supply three of the first four NFL Draft picks in 2010. 2010 also marked only the second time that one school has produced the top pick in consecutive NBA (OU's Blake Griffin went first in the 2009 hoops draft) and NFL Drafts. � Oklahoma gymnastics great Bart Conner won two NCAA all-around crowns and led the Sooners to two NCAA titles in 1977 and 1978. A three-time Olympian (1976, `80, `84), Conner won two gold medals in 1984. He was instrumental in the foundation of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. World Series to capture the school's first softball national championship. The Sooners won 66 games, broke 15 school records, had four All-Americans, the WCWS Most Outstanding Player, three WCWS all-tournament team members, a Big 12 title, a No. 1 ranking and the National Coaching Staff of the Year. The Sooners became just the second non-West Coast team in NCAA history to win a softball national championship. � The OU men's basketball team has competed in 27 postseason tournaments in the last 29 years. In 2009 OU produced its 32nd winning season in the last 34 years. No other Big 12 team can boast as many winning campaigns in the span. � Sooner football has accumulated seven national championships, 42 conference titles, 25 bowl championships, 150 All-Americans and had 346 players drafted by the NFL, including 41 first-round selections and four No. 1 picks: Lee Roy Selmon (1976), Billy Sims (1980), Brian Bosworth (1987--supplemental) and Sam Bradford (2010). � Oklahoma's storied wrestling program has amassed 23 conference titles and seven national championships. OU has produced 257 All-Americans and its 65 individual national champions ranks third all-time. � The OU women's basketball team advanced to its third overall and second-consecutive Final Four in 2010 after playing the nation's toughest schedule. OU at some point, played all four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Championship and 13 teams ranked in the final top 25. � Oklahoma defeated UCLA in the 2000 Women's College � Oklahoma football has placed 28 former Sooners into the 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP $7+/(7,& (;&(//(1&( 7+( 352*5$0 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, including three head coaches: Bennie Owen in 1951, Bud Wilkinson in 1969 and Barry Switzer in 2001. � The Oklahoma men's golf program has produced 47 All-Americans, eight three-time All-Americans, eight individual conference champions, 14 conference titles and the 1989 national championship. � Oklahoma men's basketball great Mookie Blaylock holds the NCAA-single game record for steals in a contest with 13. He accomplished the feat twice in games against Centenary on Dec. 12, 1987, and Loyola-Marymount on Dec. 17, 1988. � OU football has produced five Heisman Trophy winners: halfback Billy Vessels won the award in 1952, tailback Steve Owens won in 1969, halfback Billy Sims won in 1978, quarterback Jason White brought the trophy back to Norman in 2003 and fellow QB Sam Bradford took home the award last season. OU players have captured 63 national awards and the Sooners have also produced five Outland Trophies, four Walter Camp Trophies, four Butkus Award winners, four Davey O'Brien Awards, three Lombardi Awards, three Thorpe Awards, two Bronko Nagurski Awards, two Maxwell Awards, one Tatupu Award, one Johnny Unitas Award and one Bednarik award. � The Oklahoma baseball team swept through its regional tournament and the World Series without a loss to capture the 1994 national championship. The Sooners topped off a 42-17 regular season with the school's second national baseball title. � Oklahoma golf's Charlie Coe was one of the most celebrated amateur players in the history of the game. During his career, Coe captured U.S. amateur crowns in 1949, 1958 and 1959. He also played in 19 straight Masters Tournaments. Coe competed on the Walker Cup teams of 1949, 1951 and 1953. � Oklahoma wrestling has produced 18 Olympians who have collectively won three gold and two silver medals. Brothers Dave and Mark Schultz both won gold in the 1984 games. � Oklahoma baseball won the 1951 College World Series with a come-from-behind win over Tennessee in the championship game to become the first team in history to claim the title after winning the double-elimination tournament without a defeat. � Oklahoma baseball advanced to its 10th College World Series appearance in 2010 and finished the season ranked No. 5 nationally, the program's highest finish since claiming OU's second national title in 1994. � Oklahoma basketball great Wayman Tisdale was a threetime All-American for the Sooners from 1983-85 and is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in OU history. He was a member of the 1984 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic team and was recently named the greatest player ever in the Big Eight Conference by a panel of longtime conference media observers and officials. Tisdale's No. 23 jersey was retired by Oklahoma in 1997 -- the first jersey ever retired by OU in any sport. the most decorated player in the program's history in 2002. She was the WNBA's third overall draft pick by the Washington Mystics. In addition to leading OU to the 2002 national championship game, Dales was a two-time consensus All-American, two-time Big 12 Player of the Year, four-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, and two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. � Former OU letterwinners Michael Blackwood (track and field), Jonathan Horton (men's gymnastics) and Danny McFarlane (track and field) represented Oklahoma at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. � Three-time OU All-American Anthony Kim won the 2008 AT&T National in early July, becoming the first American golfer since Tiger Woods to win twice in one year on the PGA Tour. Kim was also a member of the victorious U.S. squad at the 2008 Ryder Cup where he played a crucial role in winning the cup with a defeat of Sergio Garcia. � OU women's gymnastics made its seventh-straight NCAA Championships in 2010 where the Sooners finished a program-best second place in their first ever Super Six team finals appearance. The Sooners closed 2010 with a final record of 33-5. The win total broke the previous program best of 26 that was set in 1989 under Becky Switzer. � OU women's gymnastics became the first women's sport at Oklahoma to be ranked No. 1 during the regular season in 2010. The Sooners were ranked first or second in every regular season poll in 2010, as the Sooners were the only squad in the country to score above a 196.000 in every meet. � Sooner basketball great Stacey Dales graduated as 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 75$',7,21 $1' 63,5,7 7+( 352*5$0 SOME OF THE MOST RECOGNIZED TRADITIONS IN COLLEGE ATHLETICS The University of Oklahoma has a long and storied history. The rich tradition has given birth to some of the most recognized pageantry in all of college athletics. Here is a look at the origin of some of the elements that create the wonderful atmosphere so unique to OU: made to it from North Carolina's I'm a Tarheel Born and the two combined to form today's university fight song. Though the tune was first made known by Yale, the everlasting success of Sooner squads has taken the melody of Boomer Sooner to national popularity. Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner Boomer Sooner, OK U! Oklahoma, Oklahoma Oklahoma, Oklahoma Oklahoma, Oklahoma Oklahoma, OK U! I'm a Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die, I'll be Sooner dead Rah Oklahoma, Rah Oklahoma Rah Oklahoma, OK U! SOONERS College sports fans are hard-pressed to find a nickname that is as unique and as tied in to a state's history as a Sooner. The University of Oklahoma is the only school known as Sooners and those who claim that they are Sooners say it with pride. The Oklahoma Territory opened with the Land Run of 1889. Settlers from across the globe, seeking free land, made their way to the prairies of the plains to stake their claim. One of the few rules to claiming a lot of land was that all participants were to start at the same time, on the boom of a cannon. All settlers who started then were labeled as "Boomers" and the ones who went early were called "Sooners." OU athletic teams were called either Rough Riders or Boomers for 10 years before the current Sooner nickname emerged in 1908. The university actually derived its name from a pep club called "The Sooner Rooters." The success of University of Oklahoma athletics teams over the years has made the nickname synonymous with winning. MASCOTS The Sooner Schooner is a Conestoga, or covered wagon, reminiscent of the mode of travel used by pioneers who settled Oklahoma. The Schooner is powered by matching white ponies named Boomer and Sooner, and it ventures onto Owen Field in a triumphant victory ride after OU scores. Although the Schooner was introduced in 1964, it did not become the official mascot until 1980. The Schooner is well-recognized by college athletics fans across the country and makes regular appearances at university functions. During OU football and baseball games from 1915-1928, Mex the Dog wore a red sweater with a letter "O" on the side. Mex died of old age on April 30, 1928, and he was so popular among students and faculty that the university closed for his funeral and procession on May 2, 1928. BOOMER SOONER One of the most recognizable college fight songs in the country, Boomer Sooner immediately evokes enthusiasm from OU fans and sends chills down the spines of those who dare to oppose them. In 1905, Arthur M. Alden, a student in history and physiology whose father was a Norman jeweler, wrote the lyrics to the fight song, borrowing the tune from Yale University's Boola Boola but improvising the words. A year later, an addition was y 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 75$',7,21 $1' 63,5,7 7+( 352*5$0 In the fall of 2005, the OU Athletics Deparment introduced costumed mascots. The new characters will act as an extension of the Sooner Schooner and its horses to be enjoyed by fans -- especially children -- at all OU athletics contests. The costumes feature traditional collegiate gear as part of their regular uniform, but will don team uniforms for football and men's and women's basketball. They were voted "Most Collegiate" by the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA). official colors to show the rest of the country what school spirit and Sooner Pride is all about. OU CHANT The OU Chant is a loyalty song that is sung before every home football game, before and after every men's and women's basketball games and at the end of many athletic and university functions. Every fan who wears the official colors, each current student and student-athlete and all OU alumni are encouraged to stand and raise one finger in the air during the playing of the Chant -- a symbolic gesture that shows those who do not know what it means to be a Sooner, the greatness of the university and the unity between all Sooners. The Chant was written in 1936 by Jessie Lone Clarkson Gilkey, who directed the OU girl's glee club from 1936 to 1938 and was voted Outstanding Faculty Woman in 1937. O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A Our chant rolls on and on! Thousands strong Join heart and song In alma mater's praise Of campus beautiful by day and night Of colors proudly gleaming Red and White `Neath a western sky OU's chant will never die. Live on University! PRIDE OF OKLAHOMA The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band has been supporting Sooner Spirit for more than a century. Unlike many other college bands, which began as military drill units, the Pride of Oklahoma had its beginnings as a pep band. In the early years of the 1900s, both townspeople of Norman and students of OU participated in a band that played for football games. Professor John Merrill started the first band in 1901, which was composed mostly of townspeople and disbanded after each football season. Lloyd Curtis, a cornetist, founded the first continuous student band in 1904. Today, the 300-member Pride of Oklahoma has members representing virtually every college and major on campus. The Pride of Oklahoma stands for excellence in musicianship, academics, school spirit, and commitment to our role in the surrounding community. Boomer Sooner rings out at the end of each rehearsal, and that song is the defining element of the University of Oklahoma. Maybe that is why Sooner fans love the band so much. Not much can compare to the first "go-go" at a football game when the Pride of Oklahoma marches the interlocking OU down the field playing Boomer Sooner. CRIMSON AND CREAM In the fall of 1895, Miss May Overstreet, the only woman on the faculty, was asked to chair a committee to select the colors of the university. The committee decided the colors should be crimson and cream and an elaborate display of the colors was draped above a platform before the student body. The student body approved with great enthusiasm and immediately pennants, banners, badges and decorations of every description appeared on the streets, in the windows, at chapel, in classrooms, and all public places; however, local merchants could not supply the demand. Even though the school colors have evolved to red and white over the years, you can ask any self-respecting Sooner what the colors are and they will proudly announce "Crimson and Cream." On gamedays, a sea of crimson rolls through OU's home venues and all Sooners are urged to wear the 1DWLRQDO FKDPSLRQV &:6 $SSHDUDQFHV 1250$1 7+( 352*5$0 A UNIVERSITY TOWN WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP SPIRIT Norman was recently named by Money Magazine as No. 6 of America's Best Places to Live among "small" cities or locations with a population between 50,000 and 300,000. Norman is an ever-changing city of nearly 100,000 residents. Located in the heart of the state, it has grown to become the third largest city in Oklahoma. Despite its continuous growth, it has maintained the spirit and serenity of a small close-knit community. Since the Oklahoma landrush of 1889, Norman has grown into a popular and smart city. The spirit of Norman and its citizens is unwavering and uncompromising. While other towns were clamoring to become the state capital, Norman residents desired to have the first state university. When the first OU president got off the train and saw a prairie, he saw opportunity. As home to the state's premier educational institution, Norman boasts an excellent quality of life and is a city that thrives on and celebrates the diversity of its community. Legendary University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer called Norman "a university town with a championship spirit." Norman continually exhibits its love for sports by hosting numerous local and national athletic events. In the last five years alone, Norman has served as host of the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship, an NCAA men's golf regional, NCAA softball regionals, NCAA men's and women's gymnastics regionals, NCAA women's tennis regionals, NCAA track and field regional and the NCAA women's basketball regionals. In addition, the Big 12 Conference Men's and Women's Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling, Women's Golf, and Women's Gymnastics Championships were held in Norman. Cultural activities are unlimited in Norman, making it the ideal backdrop for the University of Oklahoma. As home to people of all ethnic and educational backgrounds, the city has something to offer everyone. Norman is home to a variety of enriching events and attractions, including the Sooner Theater, which hosts a series of entertaining theatrical performances produced by locally-based talent and touring companies. The city also showcases local and regional artists in its annual May Fair. In addition, through the university's School of Drama, School of Dance and the School of Music, stage productions are offered year round. The Medieval Fair has become a springtime tradition in Norman as people from around the country converge on the city for one weekend each April to partake in a fascinating look back in time. Each year, an area park is transformed into a festival of sights, sounds and tastes straight from the Middle Ages. Knights joust, jesters entertain and story tellers spin tales of a magical time in history. The $44 million Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, a state-of-theart facility designed to display a collection of historical and natural science items that trace the southwest's development since prehistoric times, opened in May 2000. History buffs will also enjoy the Cleveland Country Historical House which holds exhibits relating to the development of this area of the state. For art enthusiasts, the Fred Jones Jr. Memorial Art Center houses permanent collections, nationally and world-renowned traveling exhibits as well as a yearly student art show. The museum has recently added the Weitzenhoffer Collection of French Impressionist paintings -- the single most important gift of art ever given to a U.S. public university. Maintaining a progressive approach to the future while remembering its history, Norman continues to be a well-balanced community, proud to be the home of the University of Oklahoma. 8QLYHUVLW\ RI RNODKRPD EDVHEDOO VRRQHUVSRUWVFRP 2./$+20$ &,7< 7+( 352*5$0 OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma City, the capital of Oklahoma, is located just 18 miles from the Norman campus. It was the first city settled in the Land Run of 1889 because of its position as the center of the state. It is because of this central location that Oklahoma City has become known as the home of America's Western heritage. Whether adventure, history, culture or sports, Oklahoma City offers a variety of attractions and activities different from any other place in the country. Oklahoma City was born on the afternoon of April 22, 1889, when the central portion of what is now Oklahoma was opened to settlement by presidential proclamation. Thousands crossed the borders of "unassigned lands" at the sound of gunfire at high noon. Never before or since has such a "run" occurred anywhere on the earth. By the time the dust had settled on that historic day, many people had staked their claim at "Oklahoma Station," an area which was destined to become Oklahoma City, a leading city in America. In 1911, Oklahoma City officially became the capital after a statewide election moved the state seal from Guthrie. Oklahoma City has become a haven