2013 OU Baseball Media Guide
The official source of information for the 2013 OU baseball program.
INTRODUCTION THE PROGRAM 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. In 2010, we made the programâ€™s 10th College World Series appearance and are primed for another strong postseason run in 2012. 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. Itâ€™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. 2013 MEDIA GUIDE CREDITS The 2013 Oklahoma baseball media guide is a production of the University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications office. The guide was designed by former Assistant Director of Athletics Communications Craig Moran and written and edited by Assistant Director of Athletics Communications Mike Ashcraft. Additional contributions provided by student intern Chelsey Kraft. PHOTOGRAPHY Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Matt Brown, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Kevin M. Cox, Richard Darby, Detroit Tigers, Wendy Egan, Kevin Ellis, Flintco, Kate Gaines, Lisa Hall, Simon Hurst, ICON Sports Media Inc., Mark Kraus, Jackson Laizure, Jerry Laizure, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Stan Lui, Miami Marlins, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Bruce Newman, Steve Nurenberg, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Elizabeth Roberts, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, 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 1951 & 1994 National champions - 10 CWS Appearances 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS THE PROGRAM THE PROGRAM Introduction Table of Contents Quick Facts Team Information 2012 Roster 2012 Schedule Sunny Golloway Assistant Coaches Offense Defense Baseball Tradition 1994 National Championship 1951 National Championship College World Series NCAA Tournament Conference Success Award Winners MLB Sooners Home Run Club 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 9 10 11 12 14 16 18 20 21 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 OKLAHOMA STAFF Head Coach Sunny Golloway Golloway Q&A Assistant Coach Aric Thomas Assistant Coach Jack Giese Ryan Gaines and Rich Hills Sooners Online Support Staff University President David Boren VP/Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione 64 67 68 69 70 71 72 74 75 2 2013 University of Oklahoma Baseball - soonersports.com TABLE OF CONTENTS RETURNER PROFILES Caleb Bushyhead Erik Ross Max White Jack Mayfield Evan Mistich Cody Reine Dillon Overton Kindle Ladd Jordan John Steven Bruce Tanner Toal Jake Smith Cale Coshow Drew Krittenbrink Drew Harrison THE PROGRAM 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 5 Player bios listed in order by jersey number 6 NEWCOMER PROFILES Drake Roberts, Dusty Dishman, Ty Taylor Dylan Raper, Garrett Carey, Matt Oberste Steven Okert, Jacob Rhame, Dylan Neal Chris Burgess, Jonathan Gray Hunter Lockwood, Chase Simpson, Cole Stevens Brian Brightwell, Damien Magnifico Adam Choplick, Jake Fisher, Dillon Yeaman 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 2012 REVIEW Season Highlights 2012 Results/Big 12 Recap Overall Team Statistics Big 12 Team Statistics Game-by-Game Statistics 102 104 106 107 108 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 112 114 116 117 130 134 135 140 142 150 156 176 1951 & 1994 National Champions - 10 NCAA College World Series Appearances 3 QUICK FACTS THE PROGRAM 2,370 1898 638 10 6 2 The number of victories for the University of Oklahoma baseball team, including 22, 40-plus win seasons since 1973 (four straight), entering the 2013 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 four position starters and two starting pitchers from 2012. 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. Junior Dillon Overton earned preseason All-America honors from both Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (Second Team) and Baseball America (Third Team). MIKE ASHCRAFT Assistant Director, Athletics Communications Baseball Contact THE UNIVERSITY Location: Norman, Okla. Founded: 1890 Enrollment: 30,754 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): 2,370-1,343-11 (113) All-Time Big 12 Record (seasons): 234-200-2 (16) Big 12 Tournament Titles: One (1997) NCAA Postseason Appearances (last): 35 (2012) 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): 638-316-1 (16) OU Record (years): 303-160-1 (8) Assistant Coach: Jack Giese Assistant Coach: Aric Thomas Volunteer Assistant: Rich Hills Coordinator of Baseball Operations: Ryan Gaines Office Phone: (405) 325-8354 STADIUM INFORMATION Stadium: L. Dale Mitchell Park Capacity: 3,180 Surface: Grass Year Opened: 1982 Dimensions: LF - 335, CF - 411, RF - 335 Pressbox Phone: (405) 325-8363 2012 TEAM INFORMATION 2012 Overall Record: 42-25 2012 Conference Record (Finish): 13-10 (Fourth) 2012 Conference Tournament Record: 3-1 2012 NCAA Postseason: NCAA Charlottesville Regional (4-1) NCAA Columbia Super Regional (0-2) 2013 OUTLOOK Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 10/11 Position Starters Returning/Lost: 4/5 Pitchers Returning/Lost: 5/9 Newcomers: 18 ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS Baseball Contact: Mike Ashcraft Office: (405) 325-6449 Fax: (405) 325-7623 Cell: (405) 596-9264 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mailing and overnight shipping address: 180 West Brooks St., Suite 2525; Norman, OK 73019 Web site: www.SoonerSports.com PETE MORIS Assistant Athletics Director/Communications MIKE HOUCK Director of Media Relations JARED THOMPSON Associate Director, Athletics Communications JENN MEREBY Assistant Director, Athletics Communications KARL ANDERSON Assistant Director, Athletics Communications 4 2013 University of Oklahoma Baseball - soonersports.com TEAM INFORMATION RETURNING POSITION STARTERS (min. 30 starts) Name Class Pos. GP-GS Key Stats Garrett Carey Sr. INF 64-61 .209 avg, 2 HR, 24 RBI Jack Mayfield Sr. INF/RHP 66-65 .280 avg, 15 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR 34 RBI Matt Oberste Jr. INF 42-35 .312 avg, 10 2B, 6 HR, 22 RBI Max White Sr. OF/INF 67-66 .337 avg, 17 2B, 3HR, 55 RBI RETURNING PITCHERS Name RHP Jonathan Gray LHP Dillon Overton RHP Drew Krittenbrink RHP Kindle Ladd NEWCOMERS Name Craig Aikin Taylor Alspaugh Colt Bickerstaff Justin Burba Ethan Carnes Kolbey Carpenter Tyler Coolbaugh Corey Copping Jacob Evans Ralph Garza, Jr. Hunter Haley Kyle Hayes Anthony Hermelyn Mac James Hayden Jones Hector Lorenzana Robert Tasin Billy Waltrip ROSTER BREAKDOWN By Class: Senior 6 Redshirt Junior 1 Junior 10 Redshirt Sophomore 3 Sophomore 1 Redshirt Freshmen 2 Freshmen 10 By State: Texas Oklahoma California Kansas 18 11 3 1 THE PROGRAM Class Jr. Jr. R-Jr. Jr. APP-GS 18-10 22-16 2-1 16-0 Key Stats 8-4, 3.16 ERA, 102.2 IP, 104 SO 6-3, 3.15 ERA, 122.2 IP, 126 SO 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.2 IP, 1 SO 0-1, 4.68 ERA, 25.0 IP, 20 SO Class Fr. R-So. R-So. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Fr. So. Fr. Jr. R-So. Jr. Pos. Hometown (Last School) OF Coppell, Texas (Coppell HS) OF Tulsa, Okla. (Baylor) OF Mineola, Texas (Howard College) OF Wichita, Kan. (Wichita Campus HS) LHP Tomball, Texas (Howard College) INF Waco, Texas (Waco HS) INF Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine HS) RHP Temple City, Calif. (Temple City HS) 1B/LHP Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow HS) INF/RHP New Braunfels, Texas (New Braunfels HS) INF/OF Nacogdoches, Texas (Central Heights HS) INF/RHP Santee, Calif. (Howard College) INF McKinney, Texas (McKinney HS) C New Braunfels, Texas (Brookhaven College) 1B/LHP Houston, Texas (Langham Creek HS) INF San Diego, Calif. (Howard College) RHP Klein, Texas (Howard College) LHP Braggs, Okla. (Seminole State) Senior Jack Mayfield, a team captain in 2013, has started 89 of the 109 career games he has played in. 1951 & 1994 National champions - 10 CWS Appearances 5 2013 ROSTER THE PROGRAM No. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 32 34 36 37 39 40 42 Name Dusty Dishman Craig Aikin Hunter Haley Colt Bickerstaff Justin Burba Max White Jack Mayfield Anthony Hermelyn Garrett Carey Jacob Evans Hector Lorenzana Dillon Overton Matt Oberste Billy Waltrip Tyler Coolbaugh Kindle Ladd Dylan Neal Ethan Carnes Taylor Alspaugh Jonathan Gray Kolbey Carpenter Hayden Jones Corey Copping Cole Stevens Robert Tasin Mac James Ralph Garza, Jr. Adam Choplick Kyle Hayes Jake Smith Jake Fisher Dillon Yeaman Drew Krittenbrink Pos. INF OF INF/OF OF OF OF/INF INF/RHP INF INF 1B/LHP INF LHP INF LHP INF RHP C LHP OF RHP INF 1B/LHP RHP RHP RHP C RHP/INF LHP INF/RHP C LHP OF RHP Ht. 6-1 5-10 5-10 6-1 5-10 6-1 5-10 6-1 6-1 6-2 5-11 6-2 6-2 6-2 5-10 6-1 6-2 6-4 6-0 6-4 6-0 6-1 6-1 6-6 6-1 6-1 6-3 6-8 6-2 6-2 5-10 6-4 6-1 Wt. 162 170 175 22O 185 203 170 200 210 205 190 160 209 215 175 182 195 205 175 239 175 190 175 215 190 195 185 261 210 235 163 211 184 B/T R/R L/L R/R L/R L/L R/R R/R R/R R/R L/L R/R L/L R/R L/L S/R R/R R/R L/L L/L R/R R/R L/L R/R R/R R/R R/R R/R L/L L/R R/R L/L R/R R/R Yr. Sr. Fr. Fr. R-So. Fr. Sr. Sr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Jr. Jr. R-So. Jr. Fr. Fr. Fr. R-Fr. R-So. So. Fr. R-Fr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Sr. R-Jr. Hometown (Previous school Sugarland, Texas (Temple College) Coppell, Texas (Coppell HS) Nacogdoches, Texas (Central Heights HS) Mineola, Texas (Howard College) Wichita, Kan. (Wichita Campus HS) Durant, Okla. (Durant HS) Del Rio, Texas (Del Rio HS) McKinney, Texas (McKinney HS) Hutto, Texas (McLennan College) Broken Arrow, Okla. (Broken Arrow HS) San Diego, Calif. (Howard College) Weatherford, Okla. (Weatherford HS) Sallisaw, Okla. (Connors State College) Braggs, Okla. (Seminole State) Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine HS) McKinney, Texas (McKinney North HS) McKinney, Texas (Blinn College) Tomball, Texas (Howard College) Tulsa, Okla. (Baylor) Chandler, Okla. (Eastern Oklahoma State) Waco, Texas (West HS) Houston, Texas (Langham Creek HS) Temple City, Calif. (Temple City HS) Blanchard, Okla. (Blanchard HS) Klein, Texas (Howard College) New Braunfels, Texas (Brookhaven College) New Braunfels, Texas (New Braunfels HS) Denton, Texas (Billy Ryan HS) Santee, Calif. (Howard College) McKinney, Texas (McKinney HS) Tahlequah, Okla. (Connors State College) Norman, Okla. (Northeastern A&M) Okarche, Okla. (Okarche HS) COACHING STAFF 29 Head Coach 33 Assistant Coach 31 Assistant Coach 41 Volunteer Assistant Sunny Golloway Aric Thomas Jack Giese Rich Hills ALPHABETICAL ROSTER No. Name 3 21 5 6 10 19 23 34 16 25 2 11 39 32 22 4 36 Aikin, Craig Alspaugh, Taylor Bickerstaff, Colt Burba, Justin Carey, Garrett Carnes, Ethan Carpenter, Kolbey Choplick, Adam Coolbaugh, Tyler Copping, Corey Dishman, Dusty Evans, Jacob Fisher, Jake Garza, Jr., Ralph Gray, Jonathan Haley, Hunter Hayes, Kyle PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Craig AIKIN Jack GIESE Sunny GOLLOWAY Anthony HERMELYN Hector LORENZANA Matt OBERSTE Robert TASIN Dillon YEAMAN AY-kin Geese-EE GULL-a-way HER-muh-lin lore-en-ZAH-nuh OH-ber-stee tuh-SEEN YAY-min 9 28 24 42 17 12 8 18 14 13 37 26 27 15 7 40 Hermelyn, Anthony James, Mac Jones, Hayden Krittenbrink, Drew Ladd, Kindle Lorenzana, Hector Mayfield, Jack Neal, Dylan Oberste, Matt Overton, Dillon Smith, Jake Stevens, Cole Tasin, Robert Waltrip, Billy White, Max Yeaman, Dillon 6 2013 University of Oklahoma Baseball - soonersports.com 2013 SCHEDULE DAY Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Thursday Friday Saturday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Friday Sunday Friday Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday Wednesday-Sunday Friday-Monday Friday-Monday Saturday-Wednesday THE PROGRAM DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME 3 p.m. 1 p.m./4 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 2 p.m. 6 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 4 p.m. 12 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 6:35 p.m. 3:05 p.m. 1:05 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 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. 5:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 12 p.m. TBA TBA TBA 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 1 p.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA Feb. 15 Hofstra Norman Feb. 16 Hofstra - DH Norman Feb. 17 Hofstra Norman Feb. 19 Arkansas Pine Bluff Norman Feb. 20 Arkansas Pine Bluff Norman Feb. 22 Iowa - Kleberg Bank College Classic# Corpus Christi, Texas Feb. 23 Tex. A&M Corpus Christi - KB College Classic# Corpus Christi, Texas Feb. 24 New Mexico - Kleberg Bank College Classic# Corpus Christi, Texas March 1 Pepperdine Norman March 2 Pepperdine Norman March 3 Pepperdine Norman March 5 UT-Arlington Arlington, Texas March 8 USC Los Angeles, Calif. March 9 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. March 10 Notre Dame Los Angeles, Calif. March 12 New Mexico State Norman March 13 New Mexico State Norman March 15 Northwestern State Norman March 16 Northwestern State Norman March 17 Northwestern State Norman March 19 Oral Roberts Norman March 20 Oral Roberts Norman March 22 *TCU Norman March 23 *TCU Norman March 24 *TCU Norman March 26 Oral Roberts Tulsa, Okla. March 28 *Kansas Norman March 29 *Kansas Norman March 30 *Kansas Norman April 2 Oklahoma State Norman April 5 *Texas Austin, Texas April 6 *Texas Austin, Texas April 7 *Texas Austin, Texas April 12 *Baylor Waco, Texas April 13 *Baylor Waco, Texas April 14 *Baylor Waco, Texas April 16 Arkansas Little Rock Norman April 19 New Orleans Norman April 20 New Orleans Norman April 21 New Orleans Norman April 23 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. April 26 *Texas Tech Norman April 27 *Texas Tech Norman April 28 *Texas Tech Norman April 30 Dallas Baptist Dallas, Texas May 3 *West Virginia Charleston, W. Va. May 4 *West Virginia Charleston, W. Va. May 5 *West Virginia Charleston, W. Va. May 10 *Oklahoma State$ Tulsa, Okla. May 11 *Oklahoma State@ Oklahoma City, Okla. May 12 *Oklahoma State@ Oklahoma City, Okla. May 14 Dallas Baptist Norman May 17 *Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. May 18 *Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. May 19 *Kansas State Manhattan, Kan. May 22-26 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship@ Oklahoma City, Okla. May 31-June 3 NCAA Regionals Campus Sites June 7-10 NCAA Super Regionals Campus Sites June 15-26 NCAA College World Series Omaha, Neb. - All times listed are central | * Big 12 game | # Games to be played at Whataburger Field (Corpus Christi, Texas) $ Game to be played at OneOK Field in Tulsa, Okla. | @ Games to be played at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Oklahoma City) 1951 & 1994 National Champions - 10 NCAA College World Series Appearances 7 HEAD COACH THE PROGRAM Golloway has been on the OU staff for four of the program’s 10 College World Series appearances (1992, 1994, 1995 and 2010). .669 303 45 11 3 6 21 15 6 8 Golloway’s .669 winning percentage ranks No. 15 among current coaches in Division I baseball. The head coach is 638-316-1 after leading OU to its fourth straight 40-win season in 2012. In just over seven years as the OU skipper, Golloway has won 303 games. Golloway took over as the interim head coach at the end of the 2005 season, and OU won 10 of its last 12 regular season games. 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. 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, ‘94 and ‘95 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 four top-10 recruiting classes have been signed at OU while the Sooners enjoyed a College World Series appearance in 2010, eight trips to the NCAA Tournament, including three NCAA Regionals hosted in Norman, six NCAA Regional finals, and the program’s only three appearances in a NCAA Super Regional. OU has advanced to 11 NCAA tournaments during his 13 seasons as an OU coach (1992, ’94, ’95, 2004, ’05, ’06, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 ‘11 and ‘12). 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 . PROMINENT PUPILS 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 Bryant Hernandez Stephen Porlier Aaron Baker Antwonie Hubbard David Purcey Danny Black Jamie Johnson Russell Raley Elliott Blair Braden Looper Mark Redman Garrett Buechele Greg Norton Aaron Reza Garrett Richards Caleb Bushyhead Damien Magnifico Michael Rocha Jason Chowning Daniel McCutchen Ryan Rohlinger Ryan Christenson Doug Mientkiewicz Cameron Seitzer Andrew Doyle Damon Minor Tyson Seng J.D. Drew Ryan Minor Bobby Shore Ryan Duke Zach Neal Burch Smith Joe Dunigan Tyler Ogle Heath Taylor Jeremy Erben Steven Okert Jackson Williams Mike Gosse Russ Ortiz J.T. Wise Matt Harughty Garrett Patterson 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. 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. 2013 University of Oklahoma Baseball - soonersports.com ASSISTANT COACHES SURROUNDED WITH SUCCESS Sunny Golloway’s entire 2012 coaching staff returns for the ‘13 campaign. Aric Thomas, a member of Oklahoma’s 1994 national championship squad, helped OU’s offense rank second in the Big 12 in home runs and third in hits and doubles while Jack Giese’s pitching staff led the conference in strikeouts and ranked 25th in the country in strikeouts per nine ninngs. Rich Hills, a 1995 Second Team All-American who led Oklahoma to three NCAA College World Series appearances (1992, ‘94, ‘95), also returns to the Sooners as a volunteer assistant for a second season. Thomas returned Oklahoma in 2012 after previously serving on OU’s staff from ‘96-04. Prior to his return to Norman, Thomas completed his seventh season as the head coach at Eastern Oklahoma State College, where he also served as the athletic director for four years. In 2011, Thomas led Eastern Oklahoma State College to the program’s second consecutive Region II Championship, a first in the program’s history. He was named the Region II Coach of the Year in 2011 as EOSC finished the campaign at 38-22 and appeared in the top 25 polls for the sixth straight season. In 2010, the Mountaineers won their first region title since 2001 with a 37-22 mark. Prior to working in the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization with the Hudson Valley Renegades for two years, Giese helped lead Howard Junior College to the 2009 NJCAA National Championship. In his two seasons at Howard, Giese was the associate head coach and the program compiled a 111-10 and finished 2009 with a 63-1 mark, set a collegiate record with 57 straight wins, and held the No. 1 ranking throughout the entire season. In 2008, the team ranked No. 2 with a 48-9 record. THE PROGRAM .314 70 18 Eastern Oklahoma State’s batting average in Thomas’ seven years at the helm, while averaging 53 homers and 134 stolen bases per year. Thomas has coached 70 players at Eastern that moved on to fouryear universities or professional baseball. ARIC THOMAS Hitting Coach | Fourth year at OU | 18 years of experience GOLLOWAY ON THOMAS “With his outstanding background and experience as a Sooner playing in Omaha and winning a national championship, along with coaching in the Alaska League, the Cape Cod League and directing Eastern Oklahoma State, we feel like it’s a perfect fit” PROMINENT POSITION PLAYERS: Chase Utley .............Philadelphia Phillies Greg Dobbs . ............Florida Marlins Jason Bartlett...........San Diego Padres Chris Jakubauskas....Arizona Diamondbacks Reggie Willits...........Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Valentino Pascucci....New York Mets Reed Johnson...........Chicago Cubs Bobby Kielty.............Boston Red Sox Thomas has coached the last 18 years since finishing his collegiate career at Oklahoma. 10 of those seasons were at Oklahoma as a volunteer or assistant coach. JACK GIESE Pitching Coach | Second year at OU | 10 years of experience GOLLOWAY ON GIESE “He is an outstanding coach that possesses a wealth of knowledge of the game and an exceptional ability to relate to collegiate pitchers. We knew when the job became open that he was our initial choice .“ 63 3 2 6 In 2009 with Giese on staff, Howard Junior College won the NJCAA National Championship with a 63-1 record, including 57 straight wins. Giese has worked in three Major League organizations, spending the last two years as a minor league pitching coach with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was also a scout with the Brewers and Reds. PROMINENT PITCHERS: Clayton Kershaw......Los Angeles Dodgers C.C. Sabathia............New York Yankees Joel Hanrahan..........Pittsburgh Pirates Josh Geer..................San Diego Padres Tyler Chatwood........Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim J.P. Howell................Tampa Bay Rays Bobby Livingston.....Seattle Mariners The last two hurlers to lead OU in strikeouts (Burch Smith in 2011 and Zach Neal in 2010) began their collegiate careers at Howard after being recruited by Giese. 1951 & 1994 National Champions - 10 NCAA College World Series Appearances 9 BASEBALL TRADITION THE PROGRAM Since the University of Oklahoma started its baseball program in 1898, the Sooners have recorded 87 seasons with a winning record, including 35 NCAA Tournament appearances, 12 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 2012 under current head coach Sunny Golloway, winning is a regular occurrence in Norman. 1994 1951 62 50 35 25 22 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. 33 JACK BAER Architect of OU’s first National Title in 1951, the same year he was named the National Coach of the Year. 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. Oklahoma has appeared in 35 NCAA Tournaments, a mark that ranks third in the Big 12 Conference. The OU baseball program has captured 25 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 22 different years. Only two other schools in the Big 12 Conference have made more trips (10) to Omaha than the Sooners. 44 LARRY COCHELL Named the 1994 National Coach of the Year after leading the Sooners to the program’s second National Championship. 10 Enos Semore won .697 percent of his games coached at Oklahoma, a mark that ranks 40th all-time in NCAA history. 44 ENOS SEMORE 851 9 5 10 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. 2013 University of Oklahoma Baseball - soonersports.com BASEBALL TRADITION 33 1994 Championship Hardware THE PROGRAM 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 (above) the latest in 2009. Other notables include: Jackson Williams, David Purcey, Mark Redman, Bobby Witt and John Russell. ALL-AMERICANS J.T. Wise (above) was a consensus AllAmerican in 2009 and one of 62 Sooners to earn All-America honors since 1950. Current Sooners Dillon Overton and Max White recently earned All-America honors. ALL-CONFERENCE Seven Sooners have been named a first team all-conference honoree on three occasions in OU history and Casey Bookout (above) was the last to accomplish the feat (1997-99). ACADEMICS OU has four Academic All-Americans in the last seven seasons, including Aaron Ivey (above), 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 . 1951 & 1994 National Champions - 10 NCAA College World Series Appearances 11 1994 NATIONAL CHAMPS THE PROGRAM 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. 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 44 8-0 71 13 2.37 .327 12 The Sooners ran the table during the 1994 NCAA Tournament with a perfect 8-0 mark, including a 4-0 record in the CWS. 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. 2013 University of Oklahoma Baseball - soonersports.com 1994 NATIONAL CHAMPS 33DEFENSE The Sooners’ defense, led up the middle by Rick Gutierrez (left) and Rich Hills, finished the College World Series ranked second with five errors. THE PROGRAM 1994 NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP GAME OKLAHOMA 13, Georgia Tech 5 Sunday, June 11 * Omaha, Neb. Oklahoma (50-17) Name (Pos.) AB R H RBI BB SO PO A Thomas, lf 5 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 Hansen, lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Traylor, rf 4 3 3 1 1 0 1 0 Gutierrez, 2b 4 1 2 3 1 0 2 3 D. Minor, dh 4 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 Bradshaw, ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Hills, ss 4 1 2 2 0 1 1 4 Glass, cf 5 2 2 1 0 0 5 0 Mariani, 3b 3 0 2 2 2 0 1 1 R. Minor, 1b 4 1 0 0 0 1 9 1 Soto, ph/1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 Flores, c 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 6 Lovingier, p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Buckles, p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 Totals 39 13 16 13 5 4 27 18 Georgia Tech (50-17) Name (Pos.) AB R H RBI BB SO PO A Garciaparra, ss 5 1 2 1 0 0 3 4 McIntyre, 2b 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 7 Payton, cf 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 Varitek, c 3 2 2 1 2 0 4 1 Hensley, 3b/1b 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 Byers, 1b 1 0 0 0 2 0 12 0 T. Barr, ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Lincoln, pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Easterling, lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Sorrow, dh 2 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 M. Barr, ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Smith, lf/rf 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 Saier, rf 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 Ritter, ph/3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 Gogolin, p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Totals 34 5 10 5 6 5 24 18 Score By Innings: R H E Georgia Tech 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 5 10 4 Oklahoma 2 0 0 5 0 4 2 0 x 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 33ACE 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. 33POWER 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. 33ELITE 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). WP - McGill, HBP - by Myers (Hills). Umpires - Runchey, Pedersen, Nelson, Magnusson. Start - 12:07 p.m., Time - 2:50, Attendance - 21,053 1951 & 1994 National Champions - 10 NCAA College World Series Appearances 13 1951 NATIONAL CHAMPS THE PROGRAM 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.” 33 Jack Baer, head coach of 1951 Sooners 14 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, 2013 University of Oklahoma Baseball - soonersports.com 1951 NATIONAL CHAMPS THE PROGRAM 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 Tennessee Name (Pos.) Asbury, lf Bell, ss Hopkins, 3b Hatfield, 1b/p Richichar, cf Anderson, c Payne, rf Huffstetler, p Powell, -b Totals AB R 5 0 3 1 5 0 3 0 4 0 4 1 5 1 4 0 3 0 36 3 AB R 3 0 4 0 4 0 4 0 4 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 27 2 H 1 1 2 1 0 2 3 0 1 11 RBI 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 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. PO 2 2 10 1 1 1 7 3 0 27 A 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 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. H 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 RBI 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 PO 0 3 1 3 3 6 3 0 5 27 A 0 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 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,