Oklahoma baseball: NOTES Sooners dealing with injuries, get big lift from bullpen in win against Texas

Oklahoma sent Texas home from the Big 12 tournament in a 3-1 win on Thursday.

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Oklahoma baseball: Despite putting themselves in critical situations, the Sooners rallied to beat Texas

Baseball, a game where failure is common, success is rare, and the weird and wacky is normal, had Oklahoma by the ropes. The Sooners, however, put themselves in those situations where the odds were not in their favor.

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Countdown To Kickoff | 100 Days!

The 1918 Sooners went undefeated in a college football season that was heavily impacted by WWI and the Spanish flu pandemic.

Let the Official Countdown to Kickoff begin! We are now 100 days away from welcoming the return of Oklahoma Football. Before we work through these next 100 days, let’s take a look back at what happened with the Oklahoma Sooners 100 years ago.

In the program’s 24th season, head coach Bennie Owen led Oklahoma to a perfect 6-0 record, but unfortunately a Southwest Conference title was not awarded in 1918 due to the war and the Spanish influenza pandemic forcing the cancellation of games. Still, not only did the Sooners finish the season undefeated, they were never truly challenged. OU pummeled its competition by a combined score of 278-7, including a 103-0 thrashing of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

  1. Arkansas – 103-0
  2. Central State – 44-0
  3. Post Field – 58-0
  4. at Kansas – 33-0
  5. Phillips – Oklahoma City – 13-7
  6. Oklahoma A&M – Oklahoma City – 27-0

1918 was Coach Owen’s 14th season as the Sooners’ head coach, and it was Oklahoma’s fourth year as a member of the Southwest Conference. The name of the stadium, Boyd Field, was in honor of the University of Oklahoma’s first president, David Ross Boyd.

Speaking of the stadium, check out this video that shows the evolution of the Palace on the Prairie. It’s incredible how things have changed.

It’s truly remarkable how much Sooner Football has transformed over the past century. The expansion of the stadium has grown alongside the fan base, and the Oklahoma brand is as large today as it’s ever been. It’s important that we always remember teams like the 1918 group. If it wasn’t for the foundation they built, none of what we enjoy about the sport today would be the same.

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Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield struggles in first NFL organized team activities

Former Oklahoma quarterback, and No. 1 NFL Draft pick, Baker Mayfield struggled in his first organized team activities with the Cleveland Browns.

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Trae Young’s NBA Draft Projection in 10 Drake References

Expect Trae Young’s name to actually become a Drake reference in years to come.

Former Oklahoma Sooners mens’ basketball star Trae Young said he believes there isn’t a better player in the upcoming NBA Draft than him, and he wasn’t shy about the way he put it either.

This quote probably got him a lot of enemies. Got a lot of people trying to drain him of his energy.

“I think I’m the best overall player in this draft,” Young told ESPN. “My main focus isn’t necessarily to be the best player in this draft. My focus is to be the best player in the NBA. That’s what I’m focusing on each and every day.”

But this is what I’ve come to refer to as the Baker Mayfield School of Mind Kung Fu—like Jordan in ’96, ’97, like he’s on the cover of Lethal Weapon. But it’s also part of Baker’s DNA. His sheer force of will is the super power that fuels his ridiculous accuracy and efficiency with a football. Young is that kind of transcendent player. However, he’s not going to go No. 1 over all in this draft because the team with No. 1 overall pick doesn’t need a scoring point guard.

The Phoenix Suns own that pick, and they need former Arizona big man DeAndre Ayton. His skill as a finisher and shooter with the size he possesses is as rare as Young’s jumper from 30 feet. For real, it used to be if a guard pulled up from just past half court we would say he’s on his worst behavior. Now we just say he’s about to drop 40, look alive, look alive and rotate the defense to his side.

Young won’t drop past pick No. 10 in the draft though, either. If you don’t draft him—bad things. It’s a lot of bad things because he’s gonna be scoring and scoring and scoring and scoring on you.

While Young and former Alabama scorer Collin Sexton are the only two true guards projected by most to get drafted in the first 10 picks, Young has been called a generational guard since he began dropping 40-point games in November. Young took a bad Oklahoma team and put it on his back, put food on the table, workin hard, bruh, everything paid for, last phone bill, car note cable.

The comparisons to Golden State Warrior Steph Curry aren’t just apt. They’re uncanny. They’re charged up. The confidence and ease with which they both shoot from spots on the court previously labeled don’t shoot zones is preternatural. But, more than that, the branding power the team that drafts him will have will be second-to-none in this draft. Somebody reading this is probably thinking Young has already fell off and needs to pick back up. But where’d he leave it at? Do you know what he’s about to be worth?

According to ESPN, shoe companies are already lined up outside his door begging to throw Young money—that stripper on the mink rug money. And they don’t have no NBA Draft award for that. The team will just see it come up in their bank account when Young’s jersey sales begin to compete with Curry, Anthony Davis and last name Ever, first name Greatest.

What I’m saying he started from the bottom now he’s here—playing at high school gyms on the road, now we’re about to watch our man from man the stands getting over a million dollars to play in the NBA’s show. I think Orlando pulls the trigger at No. 6. Then don’t be surprised if Young pulls up in the Wraith playing AR-AB in October outside the arena, drops 40, points at the camera and says, I guess this is what I gotta do to style on the five teams who passed over me at the draft.


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Oklahoma softball: Paige Parker a finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

Oklahoma senior left-handed pitcher Paige Parker is one of four finalist for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, according to a press release.

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Oklahoma falls to Baylor, 4-0, in Big 12 Tournament opener

Oklahoma will face the loser of Texas-Kansas on Thursday at 9 a.m.

The Baylor Bears shut out the Oklahoma Sooners 4-0 in the Big 12 Tournament’s opening game. Junior outfielder Steele Walker was absent from the starting lineup today, but with how the Bears were pitching, it might not have mattered. The Sooners still have a chance to recover, but the road to redemption will be difficult.

It was a carousel of Sooner pitchers on the day as Jake Irvin got the start on the mound. Irvin gave up two runs in the first inning before settling in. He then went on to record six total strikeouts and allow five hits through 5.0 innings pitched. Next it was Levi Prater’s turn. Through 1.2 innings, Prater struck out three of the seven batters he faced and gave up a single hit. Oklahoma’s pitching staff started to shuffle in and out after this. The combination of Connor Berry, Kyle Tyler, Braidyn Fink and Lane Ramsey pitched the final 2.1 innings, and allowed two more runs and two more hits with just one combined strikeout.

At the plate, the Sooners as a team totaled four hits, and no player had more than one. Junior infielder Cade Harris’ double in the bottom of the eighth was the lone extra base hit on the day for the Sooners.

Oklahoma got off to an inauspicious start, as typically sure-handed Brendan Zaragoza committed an error on a routine grounder to open the action. A subsequent error on the pickoff attempt followed by a Richard Cunningham single got Baylor on the board. A Cunningham steal and a two-out single by Shea Langeliers then increased that lead to 2-0.

After stranding several runners in the prior innings, Baylor finally added to the lead in the top off the eighth on a two-out, bases-loaded wild pitch from Lane Ramsey.

OU threatened on a few occasions from that point on, but Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Cory Bradford was the undisputed star of the day for Baylor.

Next up, Oklahoma awaits the conclusion of the Texas/Kansas game to find out who its next opponent will be. The loser between UT and KU will play OU tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. CT. The Sooners lost both three-game weekends against the Longhorns and the Jayhawks this season, 2-1, so whoever the opponent is should prove to be a formidable challenge. Both teams are clicking at the moment, so a crucial win will not come easy. OU sat at No. 38 in the RPI rankings entering the weekend, and they can’t afford a two-game sweep.

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Oklahoma baseball: After salvaging momentum in Kansas, the Sooners can build more in the Big 12 tournament

After consecutive series wins against Kansas State and UCF, all the momentum was on Oklahoma’s side once again. Its period of losing was over, and a series with Kansas was on tap—a chance to ride the wave heading into postseason…

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Oklahoma football: LOOK at Baker Mayfield’s NFL Draft bobblehead

Former Oklahoma quarterback, and No. 1 2018 NFL Draft pick, Baker Mayfield now has a bobblehead available by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Hot Links: Baker courtside for Cavs-Celtics, Perine’s cousin donates allowance, and more!

Also, Trent Williams checks in at No. 57 in the NFL Top 100. That’s too low.

How’s it going, friends and fans? If you’re familiar with Samaje Perine, the all-time career rushing leader for the Oklahoma Sooners, you probably know he’s an even better man than he is a player. As it turns out, Samaje isn’t the only class act in his family. Check out Austin Perine, Samaje’s four-year-old cousin. Austin has been using his allowance money to buy food for the homeless in Birmingham, Alabama. He’s also recently taken his charitable ways to Washington D.C., where his cousin Samaje now calls home.

It doesn’t get any more pure than this, folks. I think I can speak for all of Sooner Nation when I say how much it warms my heart to know that there are young people like Austin doing remarkable things out of love and generosity. It’s just a bonus that Austin is a relative of one of our own in this ever-growing Sooner family. Keep up the excellent work, Austin!

Now onto some Hot Links! Baker Mayfield was at the ‘Q’ for the Cavs game, Trae Young and Drake are homies, Steele Walker was named a Golden Spikes semifinalist and more!

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  • Baker Mayfield and fellow first round draft pick Denzel Ward were in attendance for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and Mayfield was well received by the Cleveland fans. It’s too bad the Browns and the Cavaliers can’t switch color schemes, though. I’ll get over it. I just need time.

  • Speaking of Baker Mayfield, since the Cleveland Browns drafted him with the first overall pick, the expectation is that Mayfield is in the driver’s seat to be the starting QB this season, but Tyrod Taylor is still working to prove he can be the guy for the Browns.
  • Looks like Drake and Trae Young are tight now. Check out this Instagram post from the music mogul himself showing some love for the hometown hero rocking some Drake-inspired threads. Side note: For the next costume party I go to, I’m dressing as Trae Young.

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  • Oklahoma’s Steele Walker has been name a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation’s top amateur player. Walker has had one heck of a season and seems destined for a first-round selection in the upcoming MLB Draft.

  • Ogbonnia Okoronkwo recently underwent foot surgery after sustaining an injury during the L.A. Rams’ rookie camp. Okoronkwo is expected to return during fall training camp, but likely not right away.

  • Former Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams checks in at No. 57 on the NFL’s list of the top 100 active players. An argument could be made that Williams deserves to be higher on this list, given he’s widely regarded as one of the top tackles in the league, if not the best there is.

  • Oklahoma State mega booster and billionaire T. Boone Pickens recently celebrated his 90th birthday, and several famous friends of his sent him birthday wishes via video messages, such as actor Burt Reynolds and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Barry Switzer also wished him a happy birthday, and shared an amusing idea on the hypothetical of Boone being a Sooner instead of a Cowboy. The king still has jokes.
  • Former Oklahoma running back commit Tavion Thomas has officially qualified academically to enroll at Cincinnati. Congratulations on becoming a Bearcat, Tavion!

  • Speaking of running backs, Millwood standout and Oklahoma target Marcus Major received a pretty big offer today.

  • With the recent firing of Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger, KU is now in search of a new AD. Current Oklahoma senior associate AD Kenny Mossman is on the Jayhawks’ short list for replacing Zenger.

Around the Sports World

  • Two-time Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Brandi Chastain is the latest sports great to have an embarrassingly terrible plaque/bust/sculpture made in her image. I mean c’mon now, this is just a total fail and a complete joke, people.

  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup takes place this summer, and this time the cup’s theme song will be composed by a handful of musical artists, including the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith. I’m interested to see how this turns out, but I’m also expecting it to be some kind of awful.
  • This Kevin Love-to-LeBron James outlet pass is a thing of beauty I had to watch again and again. Is Love gunning for Mayfield’s future job??? Could be interesting.

  • Blue-chip college football players transferring from schools has become a sort of trend in today’s game, especially at the quarterback position. Here’s what you should prepare yourself for if your school is signing a five-star signal caller.
  • LSU’s football stadium has been broken into many times over the years. Take a look at the top ten times the Tigers’ stadium has been broken into, ranked by memorability.
  • Check out Wisconsin defensive lineman Olive Sagapolu doing this sweet backflip in the sand. Keep in mind Sagapolu weighs well over 300 pounds, so to be able to do this at all is impressive enough. The sand factor just puts it over the top. Awesome stuff, but Jordan Phillips could do it better.

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  • On the final night of the 2018 Rock on the Range music festival, Tool dedicated their set to the family and friends of Chris Connell, the late lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave. Soundgarden was originally scheduled to headline the festival, but two days prior to the concert marked the one year anniversary of Connell’s unexpected death.

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