OU Weekly Sport Notes - April 14

A look at some of the other happenings surrounding Oklahoma Athletics this week.

BASEBALL (22-13-1 overall, 3-8-1 Big 12)

Last Week: The Sooners were 0-3 last week, suffering a three-game sweep at No. 11 Texas A&M over the weekend.  OU lost 8-7 after a walk-off hit in the ninth inning of the series opener on Friday.  The Aggies cruised in the final two games, winning 10-3 on Saturday and 12-2 on Sunday.

This Week: The Sooners begin the week at TCU on Tuesday, April 15.  Following the mid week contest, OU returns home to host No. 12 Missouri at L. Dale Mitchell Park.  The series begins on Friday at 6:35 p.m. in Norman.  Game two is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday and the series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Notes: The Sooners entered last weekend having won the last four series meetings with Texas A&M … C.J. Blue made his first Big 12 start on Sunday against Texas A&M and suffered his first loss of the season in seven starts … OU has played four Big 12 series this season, each against a ranked opponent … Next weekend against Missouri will mark the fifth straight weekend against a ranked team.

Web: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-basebl/okla-m-basebl-body.html

SOFTBALL (35-11, 8-2 Big 12)

Last Week: The No. 7 Oklahoma softball team played six games last week, including four on the road. The Sooners opened with a doubleheader against Arkansas on Monday in Fayetteville, Ark.  OU dropped the first game, 3-2, but rallied to win the second in eight innings, 3-2.  OU returned to conference action Thursday with a home doubleheader against Texas Tech.  OU won the first game in 10 innings, 3-2, then took the nightcap, 8-3.   Oklahoma traveled to College Station for the weekend and a key Big 12 series as the No. 7 Sooners and No. 5 Aggies both owned a perfect conference record.  The Aggies swept the action, 4-2, Saturday and 1-0, Sunday.

This Week: The Sooners will enjoy a light week as the only games they have this week are two in Ames, Iowa against Iowa State Oklahoma will open the two-game series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. contest and close out the series on Sunday with an 11 a.m. game.

Notes: Oklahoma's 8-2 start in Big 12 play marks its best start since the 2002 season when the Sooners went 9-0 ... Junior pitcher D.J. Mathis threw a career single-game high 10 innings against Texas Tech ... Senior Jadyn Smith also pitched a career single-game high seven innings in the second game against Texas Tech ... Texas A&M's sweep of OU marked the first time since 2004 that the two squads didn't split the series ... Freshman Haley Anderson had the game-winning RBI and also threw out the tying run at the plate in OU's 3-2 victory over Arkansas ... Junior Jessica Legendre recorded the walk-off RBI single in OU's 3-2 victory over Texas Tech.

Web: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/w-softbl/okla-w-softbl-body.htm


This Week:
Ranked second in the final regular season GymInfo poll, the Oklahoma men's gymnastics team travels to the 2008 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, April 17-19 on the Stanford University campus.  Winners of four of the last six NCAA titles, the Sooners will be looking to add national championship number eight to their trophy case.  Oklahoma will compete in the first of two qualifying sessions on Thursday, April 17 with No. 3 Penn State, No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 William & Mary.  The top three teams from each qualifying session will advance to Friday night's team finals.  Live scoring of the event can be found on SoonerSports.com, as well as on the men's gymnastics page of NCAAsports.com and GoStanford.com.  The team and all-around finals will be broadcast tape delayed on ESPN2 (Cox Channel 28 of HD Channel 721) on Thurs., April 24 at 3 p.m. CT.  The individual event finals portion of the championships will be aired tape delayed on CN8 (The Comcast Network) on Sat., May 3 at 8:30 p.m. CT and Sat., May 10 at 4 p.m. CT.

Senior Jonathan Horton is one of seven finalists for the 2008 Nissen-Emery Award given annually to the nation's top senior gymnast.  Considered the Heisman Trophy of collegiate gymnastics,  the award will be presented at a banquet on Wednesday, April 16 … OU and Penn State lead the nation with five Nissen-Emery winners apiece.  The last Sooner to win the award was current assistant coach Daniel Furney in 2003 … The Sooners boast six gymnasts on their current roster who are responsible for a total of 30 All-America honors.  Returning All-Americans include Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, Chris Brooks, Russell Czeschin, Jonathan Horton, Jacob Messina and Reed Pitts … Returning NCAA individual champions for OU are Horton and Abdullah-Simmons.  Horton was the 2006 all-around, rings and floor champion and claimed the floor and high bar titles in 2007.  Abdullah-Simmons is the defending NCAA all-around champion … Following the 2008 MPSF Championship on April 5, Horton and head coach Mark Williams were named the conference's Gymnast and Co-Coach of the Year.  It was the third-straight such honor for Horton, while Williams earned the accolade for the eighth time in his nine seasons at the helm.

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Last Week: The No. 10 University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics squad punched its ticket to a fifth-straight national championship appearance with a second-place finish at the NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center.  Top-seeded Alabama took home the regional title with a team score of 197.300, while the Sooners advanced with their runner-up finish (195.875).  OU recieved top-three finishes from Kiara Redmond-Sturms (vault and floor) and Hollie Vise (bars).

This Week: After their runner-up finish at the NCAA South Central Regional, the Sooners will take a week to prepare for the NCAA National Championships, held April 24-26 in Athens, Ga. The top three teams from each of the preliminary sessions will advance to the NCAA Super Six Team Finals on Friday, April 25, with the individual finals commencing the following night.

Notes: OU is one of 12 squads advancing to the national championship.  With a National Qualifying Score of 392.325, the Sooners will tentatively be placed in the afternoon session as the 10th seed. The finalized seeding will be released by the NCAA on Monday afternoon.

Web: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/w-gym/recaps/041208aaa.htm


Last Week: Competitors at the 39th annual John Jacobs Invitational combined for 50 NCAA Regional qualifying marks, including nine by Oklahoma athletes, three meet records and one top world mark.  Many qualifying marks were negated due to high wind readings throughout the day.

This Week: OU takes its sixth trip of the year to Fayetteville, Ark., its first of the outdoor season, for the 2008 John McDonnell Invitational.

Notes: OU's Latoya Greaves claimed the women's 100-meter hurdles title with a time of 13.18 ... Latoya Heath finished fifth in event, recording an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 13.74, one of two regional qualifying marks for Heath, who finished sixth in the women's long jump with a mark of 19-9.00 (6.02) ... In the men's 110-meter hurdles, Sheldon Leith posted a regional qualifying mark, running a time of 14.08 en route to a second-place finish ... Leslie Cole posted an NCAA Regional qualifying time in the 400-meter dash (54.26) as the highest-finishing collegiate athlete.

Web: http://soonersports.com/sports/c-track/recaps/041208aaa.html


Last Week: The University of Oklahoma men's golf team shot a final-round 291 (+7) on Sunday to move four spots up the leaderboard, finishing 10th at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational at the Par-71, 7057-yard Karsten Course. Leading the Sooners was sophomore Eric Durbin who finished in a tie for 38th at seven-over for the tournament after rounds of 73, 73 and 74.  Fellow sophomore Ben Blundell charged to 40th (+8) after a OU tournament-low 69 on Sunday.

This Week: Oklahoma takes the week off before returning to action April 25-27 as the Sooners seek their second conference title in three years at the 2008 Big 12 Championship in Trinity, Texas.

Notes: OU's 10th-place finish at the Thunderbird Invitational was its seventh top-10 finish during the 2007-08 season and third this spring. 

Web: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-golf/recaps/041308aaa.html


 Last Week: OU won its home tournament, the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, for the first time since 2004. The Sooners shot rounds of 295, 292 and 298 to defeat Arkansas-Little Rock by four shots. Junior Kendall Dye was co-medalist with a three-round score of 214 (-2).

 Notes: Dye led the Susie Maxwell Berning classic wire-to-wire and became OU's first medalist since Lisa Meldrum at the 2004 Susie Maxwell ... The win marked the first of Dye's collegiate career ... Freshman Ellen Mueller posted the best 54-hole tournament score of her young career at the Susie Maxwell.  Her three-round total of 222 (+6) placed her in a tie for 10th place, the second top-10 finish of her career ... Senior Kelly Jacques finished seventh to mark her 10th career top-10 finish.  It was also her best career showing at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic.

Web: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/w-golf/recaps/040708aab.html

Last Week: Select Sooners traveled to Akron, Ohio, for the University Greco-Roman Nationals on the campus of Akron University.  Redshirt freshman Zack Bailey from Kansas City, Mo., led the Sooners with a fifth-place finish.
This Week: Oklahoma wrestlers will prepare this week for their next international competition, April 23-26, at the FILA and U.S. Nationals.

Last Week: The women's tennis team (10-9, 3-4) went 1-1 on the weekend, falling to No. 6 Baylor and defeating No. 64 Texas Tech.  The Sooners started the weekend in Waco on Friday, April 11, where they fell 6-1 to Baylor before traveling to Lubbock on Sunday, April 13 where they defeated Texas Tech by a 5-2 score. 
This Week: The Sooners will host their final three regular season duals this week.  They open the week with Bedlam on Wednesday, April 16 at 2 p.m.  OU then plays a doubleheader on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 when Colorado and Missouri come to Norman.  Friday's first serve against Colorado is set for 5 p.m., while matches Sunday will begin at 11 a.m.  
Notes: Oklahoma's win against Texas Tech marked the Sooners' first victory over a ranked opponent this season … Freshman Tara Eckel, who is playing the No. 6 spot for OU, was the only Sooner to record singles wins against both Baylor and Texas Tech. 
Promotions: Fans in attendance on Wednesday will receive free popcorn.

Web: http://www.soonersports.com/sports/w-tennis/okla-w-tennis-body.html

Last Week: Oklahoma picked up two victories on Friday afternoon at the Headington Family Tennis Center.  The Sooners defeated UT-Arlington by a score of 6-1 and followed that up with a 7-0 trouncing of East Central.  Sunday, OU (10-11, 0-4 Big 12) was defeated by  No. 14 Baylor (17-7, 3-0 Big 12) by a 6-1 count in Norman.
This Week: The Sooners travel to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State on Wednesday, April 16.  The match is slated for a 6 p.m. start.
Web: http://soonersports.com/sports/m-tennis/recaps/041108aaa.html; http://soonersports.com/sports/m-tennis/recaps/041308aaa.html
This Week: Courtney Paris is in Chicago, Ill., training Sunday, April 13, through Tuesday, April 15, with the U.S. Senior National Team this week in preparation for the 2008 Good Luck Beijing Tournament to be played April 19-26 in China Paris is one of 11 players on the U.S. roster for the Beijing tournament that includes Swin Cash, Sylvia Fowles, Lindsey Harding, Laura Harper, Crystal Langhorne, Kara Lawson, Lisa Leslie, Katie Smith, Lindsay Whalen and Candice Wiggins.
Notes: The trip is Paris' third stint with Team USA's elite team ... Paris helped the Senior National Team to an 11-0 record in 2007 and the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Zone Championship that qualified the team for the Olympic Games ... By 218 days, Paris is the youngest player on the Senior National Team's 29-member roster pool ... Paris has won seven gold medals in seven tournaments with USA Basketball teams and is 40-0 in non-exhibition games.
Web: http://soonersports.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/041008aaa.html

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