McCutchen will take the mound against TCU

Senior righthander Daniel McCutchen (pictured) and top-seeded Oklahoma (40-19) will take on fourth-seeded TCU (38-21) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 7 p.m. Friday night at L. Dale Mitchel Park in Norman.

McCutchen, a senior from Norman, comes into the game with an 8-7 record and 3.73 ERA.

"We are going with our regular weekend rotation," said Oklahoma head coach Sunny Golloway on the decision to start McCutchen, who was OU's Friday night starter during the season. "A lot of that has to do with how strong TCU is. We are going to have to roll McCutchen out."

The Horned Frogs, who lost to Oklahoma 10-5 in Ft. Worth on March 7 and 12-11 in Norman on April 11, will counter with sophomore Jake Arrieta. Arrieta (13-4) has a 2.45 ERA and leads the nation in wins.

"When they are going to roll out a guy on Friday night that has 13 wins that speaks volumes for their pitching staff, and how strong and great a year Jim Schlossnagle and TCU have had," Golloway said. "We're excited about our opportunity to take it to the next level."

"They are a really impressive group," said Schlossnagle on Oklahoma. "Other than Rice, they are the best group we have played all year long. We have to try to keep Chuckie Caufield off base somehow and so far this year we haven't been able to do it.

"We are going to have to scratch for runs when we have opportunities against McCutchen because he is a really good pitcher. OU is not going to give you much. They field the ball so well and they are playing well right now. "

McCutchen didn't pitch in the first two games against the Frogs earlier in the season, but Arrieta did. Arrieta came on in relief against the Sooners in the Norman matchup and picked up the loss after giving up one earned run in the bottom of the 9th.

Second-seeded Houston (39-20) and third-seeded Wichita State (44-20) will meet in the other first round matchup in Norman at 1 p.m.

"There is no doubt this whole field is very competitive," Golloway said. "A lot of people have mentioned that this might be the toughest regional in the country, and I like it because you have to play at that championship level to advance. Whoever comes out of this regional without a doubt is going to have a great opportunity to get to Omaha."

"We definitely know that this (could be) our last shot at Omaha and possibly our last weekend to play at L. Dale Mitchell," said McCutchen. "We are going to go out there like it's our last game and give 100 percent and all work together and have a lot of fun."

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Norman Regional Schedule
Friday:
Game 1: No. 3 Wichita State vs. No. 2 Houston 1 p.m.
Game 2: No. 4 TCU vs. No. 1 Oklahoma 7 p.m.

Saturday:
Game 3: Game 2 Loser vs. Game 1 Loser 1 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner 7 p.m.

Sunday:
Game 5: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser 1 p.m.
Game 6: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner 7 p.m.

Monday:
Game 7: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser (*if necessary) 7 p.m.


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