Take 3: Oklahoma vs. BYU

Sooners look to gain momentum in surprise neutral site series against one-win Cougars

Oklahoma’s first true home series was set to begin Thursday – a four-game series against BYU.

Mother Nature had other plans. It will still begin Thursday, but because of the expectant snow in Oklahoma over the weekend, the Sooners series with BYU was moved to Las Vegas.

The first game will be played at 3 p.m. Thursday, a double header will start at 3 p.m. Friday and the final game will be played at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Here are three things to watch for the series:

Weather continues to be an issue

Oklahoma had already cancelled its game against Dallas Baptist, which was going to be played in Dallas, before moving its first true home series – the Sooners played a pair of interlocking series at home to open the season.

As is usual, weather has given the Sooners some headaches early in the season. It won’t be for long. Oklahoma has five games scheduled at home before a four-game series in Hawaii against the Warriors.

BYU, which has won just once in eight games this season, presents another opportunity for the Sooners to gain momentum. Oklahoma has won five of the six all-time meetings against the Cougars, even though the two teams have played at all neutral sites.

Oklahoma’s loses Wise

The trip to the west coast wasn’t all perfect. Oklahoma lost junior outfielder Alex Wise for up to eight weeks with a broken left hand.

Wise was batting .267 and had five RBI to go along with eight runs scored through the first eight games of the season. He is expected to be out between six and eight weeks. At that timeline, Wise will be out until at least April and could return with just three Big 12 series remaining on the schedule.

Wise, who started and led off in Oklahoma’s first seven games, is one of six junior college players on the Sooners roster but the only position player. Centerfielder Craig Aikin likely will return to the lead-off spot, where he batted the majority of last season.

Carpenter dominating in early season

Junior second baseman Kolbey Carpenter picked up a little hardware after his stellar week out West during the Big 12/Pac 12 Challenge. He was named Big 12 Player of the Week and the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after a 8-for-17 showing that included the first two-home run game of his career.

Carpenter finished the five-game stretch with three home runs and slugged 1.176 to help Oklahoma win the final three games of the road trip.

Carpenter leads Oklahoma with a .400 batting average, a .829 slugging percentage and four home runs through the first 10 games of the season.

It’s the second time in as many weeks that Oklahoma has been honored with a conference award. Sophomore pitcher Jake Elliott, who likely will start Thursday afternoon, was named co-Pitcher of the Week after the first week of the season.

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