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WOMAN TASERED IN FRONT OF LIBRARY Eyewitnesses say police chased woman who jumped the curb, caused damage by driving the wrong way on Asp Avenue RICKY MARANON Assignment Editor

A woman was shot by a Taser in front of the Bizzell Memorial Library after OU Police and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department chased her down Thursday night. Witnesses on the scene said around 9:30 p.m., a car was driving

the wrong way on Asp Avenue, south of Michael F. Price Hall, when the car took out a few traffic barriers, popped its tires and jumped the curb, stopping in front of the library. “I was waiting for a friend to pick me up just outside of Price and then I noticed this car was driving up the wrong end of the [South Oval],” said Alex Van Heteren, management information systems senior. Van Heteren said he saw the car take out two traffic barriers before turning the corner towards

Bizzell. The car was a white late-model sedan that Van Heteren said was heavily damaged after hitting the barricades. Damage visible to the car on the scene was a missing bumper from the front of the car and a large gash on the driver’s side of the car. The front wheels of the car were worn down to their rims from the chase. “She was driving on rims as she popped the curb and headed down the sidewalk,” said James Alexander, accounting and finance TASER CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

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An officer from the OU Police Department inspects a vehicle in front of the Bizzell Memorial Library. According to eyewitness accounts, a woman drove up the wrong side of Asp Avenue and on to the sidewalk.

Student runners prepare for 10K race First annual event promotes ‘community wellness, health awareness,’ organizer says TA’CHELLE JONES Daily Staff Writer

While most students are gearing up for spring break getaways, others are preparing for a run around the block. The Health and Exercise Science Student Association is hosting its first annual 10-kilometer run — the Sooner Spring 10K TuneUp. Racing will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Huston Huffman Center. The event was created to promote community wellness and health awareness, said Hilary Wright, event co-chair and health and exercise science junior. “It’s great to see so many people coming together to strive for health, because that is not always a huge goal,” Wright said. Preparations regarding the event date back to September. The idea for the race surfaced from the suggestion of Joel Cramer, professor in the Health and Exercise Science Department, said Hannah Turnage, organization vice president and health and exercise science junior. “Dr. Cramer thought it would be a good to do a 10K race because he runs the Oklahoma Memorial Marathon,” Turnage said. “We were like, OK maybe we really should do this.” After the idea was cemented, plans were put into place to carry out the event. For the past seven months, the organization has prepared for the race by creating a course for the runners, contacting the OU and Norman police departments, making race-day goody bags for participants, getting Boomer to make an appearance and much more, Turnage said. The race will begin at the Huston Huffman Center and continue around campus ending back at the starting position. “A 10K is 6.21 miles so it took a lot of turns to get it all just on campus,” Wright said. “But we did it and it’s a really fun view.” Following the event, there RACE CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

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A small group of students occupy a portion of the South Oval on Thursday in protest of statewide cuts to higher education funding and nationwide hikes in tuition. The group also hung a sign from the top of Gaylord Hall which read “Occupy Everything!” The OU occupation is a larger part of a nationwide movement that became violent in at least two states Thursday.

OU protesters demonstrate against tuition spikes South Oval protesters take part in national Day of Action to protest rising cost of higher education RICKY MARANON Assignment Editor

A small group of protesters occupied a segment of the South Oval and hung a sign from the top of Gaylord Hall on Thursday as a means to show support for a nationwide movement to stop funding cuts to public higher education. The group — “Occupy The South Oval!” — spread out a rug, played music and passed out fliers to raise awareness for cuts in state funding. Oklahoma legislators have agreed to a 3.5 percent cut in higher education. California, the most populous state, is expected to raise tuition by 32

percent in public universities. “We think it’s been a pretty good day,” said Daniel Helm, OU campus event co-founder and linguistics and French senior. “We’ve had people come by and talk to us about what we were doing, and the reaction has been mostly positive.” “We can be here well into the night if we feel like it,” said Tate James, fine arts senior and cofounder of the event. The demonstration began at 9 a.m. Thursday and lasted into the evening. The group also hung a sign at the highest point of Gaylord Hall that read “Occupy Everything!” — but it was later removed by OU authorities as of 2:30 p.m. The small occupation was part of a national Day of Action in which students and professors in 32 states did not go to class or walked out of class to protest their anger with administrators and

lawmakers. Some of the incidents across the country became violent and led to the arrests of some protestors. At least 15 protesters were detained by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police after as many as 150 students gathered at the student union then moved to an administrative building to deliver petitions to the school chancellor. University spokesman Tom Luljak said campus police allowed one person inside, but when she emerged, she encouraged everyone to rush the building, he said. The violence began when police tried to turn them away. No serious injuries were reported. In northern California, rowdy protesters blocked major gates at two universities and smashed the windows of a car. Protesters at the University of California, Santa PROTEST CONTINUES ON PAGE 2

Student arrested in police sting OU Police combat phone thefts at Huston Huffman Center with sting operation CASEY WILSON Daily Staff Writer

OU Police arrested a student during a sting operation organized in response to the thefts of several electronic devices at Huston Huffman Center, according to OU Police reports. Police reports stated the items stolen at Huston Huffman Center this semester include: iPhones, iPods, cell phones and Blackberry cell phones. These items were stolen in the women’s locker room and near the basketball courts, the reports stated. These thefts are a part of four incidents of theft reported on campus in January, and at least three additional incidents of theft reported in

February, according to police reports. In a response to the cell phone theft incidents, OUPD conducted a “bait” phone sting operation Feb. 17 at the Huston Huffman Center, Officer Christopher Patison said in a police report. “OUPD placed the bait phone and conducted surveillance of the phone,” Patison said. A male student took the phone and then left Huston Huffman Center with it, according to police reports. The student was arrested and charged with petty larceny and concealing stolen property, Patison said. The use of a bait phone is an effective means to combat thefts and is intended to reduce the number of larcenies on campus, Lt. Bruce Chan, OUPD spokesman, said by e-mail. Andrew Dozier, biological chemistry senior, said he is concerned someone might steal his

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cell phone when he comes to Huston Huffman Center. “That’s why I leave it in my car,” he said. “I don’t want to give someone the opportunity to steal it.” Dozier said he has never had anything of his stolen while he was at Huston Huffman. But he said he is sure theft occurs. “People leave things all around,” he said. Montana Story, University College freshman, said he often sees people leaving their things unattended. Story said he is concerned about his belongings being stolen when he comes to the center. When working out, he said, he purchases a daily locker to keep his belongings safe. Officials with the Huston Huffman Center did not return phone calls or e-mail messages regarding this story.

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campus gates. University provost David Kliger said there were reports of protesters carrying clubs and knives, but Santa Cruz police Capt. Steve Clark could not confirm those reports. No arrests have been made. An advisory posted on the school Web site urged people to avoid the campus because of safety concerns. At the University of California, Berkeley, a small group of protesters formed a human chain blocking a main gate to the campus. Later in the day, hundreds gathered for a peaceful rally. “We’re one of the largest economies in the

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world and we can’t fund the basics,” said Mike Scullin, UC-Berkeley graduate student in education who plans to become a high school teacher. “We’re throwing away a generation of students by defunding education.” Organizers said hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and parents were expected to participate in the nationwide demonstrations. At the University of Illinois, about 200 professors, instructors and graduate faculty marched through campus carrying signs that read “Defend Public Education” and “Furlough Legislators” — a reference to recent furloughs and 4 percent pay cuts imposed on thousands of university employees. The state is $487 million behind on payments to the University of Illinois, while its state government has a budget deficit of $13 billion. At the University of Texas at Austin, about 100

students and staff rallied on campus to protest a 5.4 percent hike in tuition and fees approved by regents a day earlier. Protesters complained the quality of education was taking a backseat to the university’s bottom line. Officials said the tuition hikes, which include another 3.89 percent jump for fall 2011, are necessary to avoid cuts in the face of declining endowment payouts and an anticipated cut in state aid. While on-campus activity remained calm in Norman, word had come back to the group about incidents taking place around the country. “From what we’ve heard, there is a double standard between the protesters and the police,” Helm said. “We’ve heard police rammed a car through a crowd to try to get them to move and all they ended up doing was breaking a girl’s leg.” —The Associated Press contributed to the national portions of this report.

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Continues from page 1 sophomore. Alexander said just as the driver crossed the south entrance of the library, she stopped and got out of her car. “She just stopped and started running from the police,” Alexander said. “I was coming out of the library and I saw her run out of her car,” said Elijah Anderson, University College freshman. “One of the women officers ran after her and then she tasered her.” Anderson and Alexander said the driver was threatened to be shot by a Taser a second time. “It was a pretty loud pop when the Taser went off and then she screamed pretty loudly,” Anderson said. Alexander said he watched the officers place the driver in the back of the car. “She said she was in pain,” Alexander said. “Then she tried to lay down in the car and the police were upset because her legs were sticking out.” All three witnesses said they heard the driver say she was pregnant as officers attempted to place her in the car after being placed into police custody. “I think she’s just drunk,” Anderson said.

OUR COMMITMENT TO ACCURACY The Daily has a long-standing commitment to serve readers by providing accurate coverage and analysis. Errors are corrected as they are identified. Readers should bring errors to the attention of the editorial board for further investigation by e-mailing dailynews@ou.edu. In Wednesday’s edition of The Daily, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma, was referred to mistakenly as a senator.

Race Continues from page 1 will be an awards ceremony held at the Huston Huffman. Rather than medals, prizes will be awarded to the winners of various categories ranging from age groups to place completed in the race. To date, more than 100 runners have registered for the race. Registration can be completed online at hes. ou.edu until 5 p.m. Friday and on race day from 7 to 7:45 a.m. The cost of registration is $20. All proceeds from registration will go toward creating new scholarships for the OU Health and Exercise Science Department, Wright said. Runners from all age groups and communities are able to participate. Oklahoma, California, Tennessee and Colorado are a few of the many states represented in the race, Wright said. “There is going to be a big variety of people, for sure,” Turnage said.

REGISTRATION • Registration can be completed online at hes.ou.edu • Registration is until 5 p.m. today and on race day from 7 to 7:45 a.m. • The cost of registration is $20 • All proceeds from registration will go toward creating new scholarships for the OU Health and Exercise Science Department MARCIN RUTKOWSKI/THE DAILY

In a late night prank Thursday night, a large bra was placed on a the large Greek mythological statue outside of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

BANQUET TO RAISE MONEY FOR ENGINEERING PROJECT The OU chapter of Engineers Without Borders will hold a fundraiser tonight to raise money to complete a water project near Potosi, Bolivia. The project, started last year, is called the Kumurana Passive Water Treatment Project. It was created by the Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds at the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences at OU. Potosi was a silver-extraction center for the Spanish several hundred years ago. The run-off from these mines is used for irrigation downstream by six villages made up of subsistence farmers. The primary crop is potatoes. In blood samples taken this past year, the children all have very high levels of cadmium and lead in their blood. The goal is to take this small portion of a huge mining area, which has been mined and polluted for 500 years, and demonstrate how the waters around Potosi can be made safe for irrigation once again after five centuries of pollution. The fundraiser is at 6:30 p.m. at McFarland United Methodist Church. It will feature a stuffed-potato banquet and performances by three musicians in Bolivian traditional attire. —Daily Staff Reports

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Max Avery, opinion editor dailyopinion@ou.edu • phone: 325-7630 • fax: 325-6051

“I have never seen a body so incompetent as this one. - soonerboomers

In response to Thursday’s article “Congress violates Open The body is not incompetent. The leadership, Matthew Meetings Act, experts say.” Gress and John Jennings, just think that they are above the law. - Shanaynay

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USE OUR ARCHIVES MORALLY A letter from the great philosopher René Descartes recently turned up in Haverford College’s archives. This letter had been lost for 170 years and explained Descartes’ view of his major work, “Meditations on First Philosophy.” This letter was found because a Dutch researcher was e-mailed a scan of it and realized how important it is to understanding Descartes. Haverford had so much in its archives no one even knew the letter was there. No one knew enough about Descartes to realize the importance of the letter. Too many documents and not enough people to look at them is a problem — just ask the National Security Agency. Universities need to use what they have or they need to loan it or give it to a university that will. We have a great archive of many historical documents in our Western History Collection, located on the fifth floor of the Bizzell Memorial Library. We need go up there and use it, then do our best to share what we aren’t using or likely to use with those who will. If we’re just hoarding historical documents, it may make OU look more prestigious, but it’s also disingenuous. The discovery of the letter came with its costs. Descartes’ letter was stolen from Paris’

Institut de France 170 years ago. This is a great example to the world and all the institutions based on theft; showing an American University on high moral ground. We would like to see all institutions return their stolen goods, no matter how long they’ve had them. The British Museum with so many goods that were originally stolen from the colonies could follow this call. The Louvre could give back its goods, many of which were stolen during Napoleon’s travels. There are many famous museums based on theft. They could follow Haverford’s example and give illegitimately obtained goods back to their homelands. We also should look into our Western History collection to see if anything was stolen, probably from the American Indians. Haverford is standing up as a great university. It may not be using its archives as much as it should, but it’s obviously getting better at sharing with those who will. The university also is giving back stolen property, even though it was stolen generations ago. Let’s all make better use of our collections, and when the time comes, follow Haverford’s fine example. Sam Scharff is a zoology, biomedical sciences and letters junior.

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Don’t make claims before Global warming is too checking the facts big and real to ignore “A hypothesis that has been confirmed or established by observation or experiment.” This is the definition the Oxford English dictionary gives for “theory” and the one most of the scientific community uses to govern its research and findings. Gather data, formulate a theory and test that theory until all inconsistencies and questions have been eliminated. If the research to do that is tainted in any way, you have to do it all again. It’s a time-consuming process, but one that ensures that scientists and scientific conclusions are as accurate as possible. BECCA One thing a good scienSKUPIN tist does not do is, say, lose the data that made his theory credible. For example, if this scientist was the climatologist responsible for the “hockey stick graph” that was the basis for the theory of human-caused global warming, he would not lose the data for that graph in the disorganized stacks of paper in his office. Yet, this is exactly what Phil Jones, former director of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit, claims happened. This after the latest scandal that Jones and his gang fudged their data, allowing them to conclude the Earth has warmed significantly over 15 years. The problem is you have to use good data if you’re going to be making apocalyptic claims and expect to be taken seriously. Jones apparently missed that memo. Jones manipulated data and quit his job because of it. Yet, almost no one in the scientific community is even considering the possibility of re-evaluating the information that is so clearly flawed. Instead, this country spends billions of dollars per year and countless man-hours reducing carbon emissions, calculating carbon footprints and enacting policies designed to combat a global threat that may or may not even exist. If global warming is real, then of course we should make every effort to lessen humanity’s negative impact on the planet. But until other, more reliable research is done to confirm that climate shift is indeed humancaused and not just a natural cycle of the planet, this money, time and publicity need to go to other environmental concerns that are being severely neglected.

Last time I checked, the rainforests are still being destroyed, species are still going extinct and there is a mass of trash and plastic in the Pacific Ocean about the size of Texas. These are tangible issues, but you almost never hear about them from the media. Many supporters of the climate shift movement will say that it doesn’t matter if the crisis is proven or not; any publicity for any environmental issue is better than no publicity. I’ve heard it argued that any argument or cause encouraging people to become more environmentally aware is worth it. That’s not true. If all aspects of the green movement are connected, not addressing legitimate concerns over the credibility of environmental research undermines all research. If people realize they are worrying about a “proven” theory that has serious flaws — if they realize that organizations, the media and even the government are willingly using bad science — they are likely to view all environmental issues as equally questionable. They may decide there is no reason to be green at all; instead of realizing we should recycle so we don’t deplete the planet of resources, we should conserve water because it saves energy and money and drive lowemission cars because pollution is disgusting and a danger to the health of animals and humans alike. All of the secrecy and false information surrounding the climate debate undermines these causes. Instead of letting a biased and shoddy researcher like Jones get away with “losing” data in his office and making up information to line his pockets and gain a little publicity, we should insist that the research involved in an issue as important as climate shift be flawless. If the whole planet is in danger, there is no room for mistakes. Start over, be as careful, accurate and meticulous as possible, then move forward to solve the problem. We’ll help the Earth and be positive our efforts are actually accomplishing something and not diverting attention away from where they would be more useful and desperately needed. Becca Skupin is an English sophomore.

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After living in Sen. Jim Inhofe’s state for to deduce a broad or universal truth from it. It almost four years now, I have become accus- is the equivalent of “Yao Ming is 7 feet 6 inches tomed to tolerating some really ignorant crap. tall. Yao Ming is Chinese. All Chinese people However, my blood still continues to boil every are 7 feet 6 inches tall.” winter when I inevitably hear some variant of The fact is the average temperature of the “I am cold, so global warming doesn’t exist!” entire planet is rising. The global temperaThis type of pathetic rationalization makes ture average naturally rises and falls, but there me reconsider my stance on the limited use of is a significant increase in the upward trend eugenics. Perhaps we should start sterilizing that corresponds to the burning of fossil stupid people as well. fuels. Look up the 20 hottest years on record. For now, I’ll give people the benefit of the Almost all of them have occurred within our doubt. Maybe some people just need to be lifetimes. exposed to the truth. But what are the actual negative effects? We all know for every action, there is a Well, you can forget about heat waves, hurreaction. Since the Industrial Revolution, ricanes, disease, melting ice caps, rising sea human beings have been pumping signifi- levels, the extinction of species, the possible cant amounts of gases into the atmosphere. shutdown of thermohaline circulation in the Global climate initiatives focus on limiting Northern Atlantic (which could send us into a the amount of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) rapid ice age), and all of the catastrophic conand “other” greenhouse gases (carbon diox- sequences that those things entail. Just focus ide, methane and nitrous oxide). on one thing: Bees are dying. There is a basic chemical process that ocThe spread of fungi and viruses into newly curs when you pump massive amounts of heated areas has caused what is known as CFCs into the atmosphere. Colony Collapse Disorder and is The ozone layer is made up of significantly reducing the world’s O3 molecules. When UV light from bee population. And humans can’t the sun passes through them, those exist without bees. molecules are broken down into O2 Bees pollinate plants. Humans (regular oxygen) and a free radical O. have never been able to do this efNormally, the free radical is so unstafectively. Without pollination, plants ble by itself, that it immediately bonds die off, CO2 increases, more plants back with the O2 to form O3 (ozone) die off, animals die off, humans die once again. off. Get it? TRAVIS CFCs that contain chlorine, fluo- GROGAN There is no conspiracy. This scirine and carbon are broken down ence isn’t based on one person’s in the atmosphere by radiation. In data. It is based on the scientific the process, radical molecules are formed, method being performed by tens of thouand these particles end up binding with that sands of scientists worldwide. Do you have radical O that is broken down when UV light any idea how hard it is to get 10,000 scientists passes through the ozone, thus depleting the to agree on anything? ozone layer. It is commonly accepted in the worldwide Now, to complicate matters, as the ozone scientific community that humans are affectlayer is broken down, less energy from the sun ing global climate change. The only thing that is reflected back into space and instead trav- is unclear is how much effect we are actually els all the way to Earth’s surface. The Earth’s having, and what we should do about it. surface absorbs the visible light, and re-emits Go read up. Not Glenn Beck’s new book, energy in the form of infrared radiation. That but something like the Intergovernmental infrared radiation, which would normally Panel on Climate Change’s international rereflect back into space, is absorbed by com- ports on climate change. If you still feel that pounds like CO2, methane and nitrogen. snow on the ground, or Sean Hannity’s smile, Those compounds then re-emit the infrared disproves climate change then please feel free radiation back toward the Earth, heating the to place your reproductive organs in a woodlower atmosphere. chipper. You are officially too stupid to use Now some people are still saying, “But I’m them. cold! If I’m cold, how can the earth be getting warmer?” The answer is simple. Climate is Travis Grogan is a political science and communications senior. not the same thing as weather. To equivocate the two, is to take a tiny sampling and attempt COMMENT ON THIS COLUMN AT

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OU, Alabama battle for top ranking After trading rankings, the nation’s top team will be determined Friday BRANDON BROADHURST Daily Staff Writer

Jackie Flanery, senior, performs during the “Beauty and the Beast” competition at Lloyd Noble Center on Feb. 12. The Sooners defeated Iowa State 197.250-196.225.

The No. 2 OU women's gymnastics team hosts the top–ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in a historic match-up at 7 tonight the Lloyd Noble Center. This will be the first meeting between the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked teams in the nation since No. 2 Georgia upset top-ranked Florida 196.850-196.825 in Gainesville, Fla., on Jan. 18, 2008. The meet has been called the biggest home meet in the program's history. “This is absolutely monumental for our program,” head coach K.J. Kindler said. The Sooners capped off a seventh straight victory over a top-25 opponent with the help of sophomore Sara Stone’s perfect 10.0 on vaultFeb. 26 against No. 23 Michigan State. “I was just really focused, and I hope to bring that same focus this week,” Stone said. Despite OU's win, Alabama still

managed to overtake the Sooners in this week’s national poll after a 197.225-195.650 win at Kentucky. The Sooners and the Tide have swapped the No.1 and No. 2 rankings four weeks in a row. OU gymnasts said they want to make sure to stay calm during the high-profile meet. Sophomore Megan Ferguson said she is very excited for the opportunity to help her Sooner squad knock off the toughest opponent in the country. “Many people still are skeptical of our program, and this win would really solidify how capable we are, ” Ferguson said. “We can compete against anyone.” Focus is the name of the game for the Sooners. “When we focus, we can beat anyone” Kindler said. “It's just important to remain calm and channel our energy.” Ferguson said Kindler, who is in her fourth year as the Sooners’ coach, helps the team keep the right mindset. “K.J. does an incredible job at keeping us positive and focused,” Ferguson said.

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Sooners host Big 12 Championships this weekend Sooners hoping home environment can benefit the team over the weekend MJ CASIANO Daily Staff Writer

OU wrestling, currently ranked ninth nationally, hasn't hosted the Big 12 Championships at the McCasland Field House since 2002, when the team claimed its 23rd conference title. That changes at 11 a.m. Saturday, as the Big 12's finest will compete against one another. "This is a great competition because for many years, the Big 12 has been the toughest conference in the country," OU head coach Jack Spates said. "We are really excited about hosting it at home in the field house. It is going to be hot, loud and tension-packed. It should be fun." OU (16-3-1, 2-2-1 Big 12) has earned back-to-back 16win seasons under head coach Jack Spates, in his 17th season with OU. Spates and company also claimed two Big 12 victories in a season for the first time since the 2002-03 season. No. 2 Iowa State has won the last three Big 12 championships and will try to win its forth straight. Last year was actually a tie, however, as Iowa State and Nebraska finished deadlocked. It marked the first time in league history. OU finished fifth in last year’s championships. Trying to stop the Cyclones is OU, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 17 Missouri and Nebraska. Nine grapplers are ranked headed into the postseason, a season high. Of course, leading the pack is No. 3 Zack Bailey and Kyle Terry at 141 and 149 pounds, respectively. Terry has won 15-straight matches and is aiming for his second-straight conference title. Eric Lapotsky is ranked sixth at 197 pounds, Shane Vernon is twelfth at 157 pounds, freshman Jarrod Patterson is No. 13 at 125 pounds, and junior Nathan Fernandez is ranked No. 14 at heavyweight. Others ranked include freshman Tyler Caldwell ranked No. 15 at 165 pounds, junior Jeff James ranked No. 17 at 174 pounds and freshman Kendric Maple ranked No. 19 at 133 pounds—the first time Patterson's been ranked in his short career. Session one begins at 11 a.m., followed by a 4 p.m. start for session two. Finals are scheduled to commence at 7 p.m. "I think having a big Sooner crowd is really important," Spates said. "A strong home crowd can mean a lot to our team. We need our fans to be there and be loud."

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The No. 17 baseball team extended its winning streak to three games in dramatic fashion as the Sooners defeated the University of South Florida Bulls 5-4 Tuesday in the opening game of the Sooner Classic. OU (8-1) rallied back from a 4-2 deficit by scoring one run in the eighth and two runs in the ninth. Senior Kaleb Herren opened the eighth inning with a pinch-hit home run to left field to start the rally, and freshman Chad Kettler and sophomore Caleb Bushyhead drove in the game-tying and game-winning runs with two outs in the bottom half of the ninth. Kettler produced with a pinch-hit single to bring in junior right fielder Rick Eisenberg and advanced sophomore third baseman Garrett Buechele, the at-time winning run, 90 feet away from home. Bushyhead came to the plate with the bases loaded after a stolen base and a hit by pitch, and he jumped on the second pitch of the at-bat to single to right field and bring home Buechele. Rocha received a no decision after working six innings while giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and striking out five batters. Erben earned his third victory of the season by throwing scoreless eighth and ninth innings. He struck out three batters and only allowed two batters to reach base with a hit. Erben has not allowed a run to score and has given up just three hits during his last three outings that have spanned 7 2/3 innings. The Sooners continue the Sooner Classic against the Western Illinois Leathernecks at 3 p.m. Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park. OU swept the Leathernecks in a four-

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Michael Rocha, junior pitcher, winds up for a pitch against the University of South Florida on Thursday. The Sooners won 5-4.

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