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Oklahoma (13-9, 0-3) vs. Texas Tech (14-8, 0-3)
Official Site Notes: Here
Location: Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park | Lubbock, TX
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Oklahoma
Starting Pitcher
Result
3.23.12 6:30 pm Duke von Schamann (RHP)
(2-3, 2.62)
Jordan John (LHP)
(3-3, 2.76)
-
3.24.12 5:00 pm John Neely (RHP)
(2-1, 3.29)
Jonathan Gray (RHP)
(2-3, 5.88)
-
3.25.12 1:00 pm TBA
Dillon Overton (LHP)
(3-0, 3.11)
-
Outfield:
LF - Brennan Moore | CF - Barrett Barnes | RF - Jordan Lopez
Infield:
SS - Tim Proudfoot | 2ND - Bryant Burleson
3RD - Reid Redman | 1ST - Scott LeJeune
C - Bo Altobelli
DH - Jamodrick McGruder

*Click on the score for boxscore.

Typically I update this post each morning, but because I'm leaving early on Saturday morning I won't be updating this post until late Sunday evening or early Monday morning. If you all wanted to post comments, that would be fantastic.

BASEBALL THOUGHTS |

  • The lineup has slightly changed. Jamodrick McGruder has moved from right field to designated hitter and replacing McGruder in right field is freshman Jordan Lopez who has been incredibly hot recently (.429/.579/.571), but just hasn't seen much playing time.
  • I'm a little surprised that head coach Dan Spencer feels like that freshman 2B Bryant Burleson is better for the team at second base as there might be other players that could be plugged into that designated hitter spot.
  • About two weeks ago Spencer gave John Neely a start but he only pitched an inning and that was it. Then Neely started on Saturday against Baylor and did fairly well, pitching 4.1 IP and giving up only 1 run. Expect Neely to go a bit longer on Saturday and I hope like heck that Neely can get a quality start.
  • I don't have a clue as to who starts on Sunday. It seems like every option available pitched earlier in the week (Rusty Shellhorn, Shane Broyles, Trey Masek, David Paiz) pitched over the weekend. It could be anyone, but I'd love it if someone could just grab this job.
  • LAJ's George Watson takes a look the Sooners and notes that Spencer doesn't seem concerned about the pitching and overall he's still happy with the group:
    Neely has pitched well, allowing just two runs in his last 81/3 innings, Masek has solidified his role as the team’s closer, and left-hander Rusty Shellhorn has improved since moving to the bullpen. Plus, David Paiz could be close to moving from the midweek to the weekend rotation.

    "I am concerned about a couple of individuals that we need to get going and get come things corrected," Spencer said. "Overall I still like our group. We’re not concerned outside of just the normal stuff."
  • DT's Brett Winegarner also previews this weekend's series and CF Barrett Barnes knows that it is a big series:
    "(It’s) definitely a big series," he said. "We have Oklahoma coming to town, which is a good ball club and they came off of a rough weekend as well, so you know they are fired up and ready to go just like we are. So I think tomorrow night is going to be a real intense game, and be played real fast, real well, and hopefully we come out with the win."