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February 15, 2013

Rotation is not set in stone

NORMAN — Oklahoma enters the season knowing who its No. 1 and No. 2 starting pitchers will be. Left-hander Dillon Overton will take the mound at 3 p.m. today at L. Dale Mitchell Park. Jonathan Gray will get the ball in the second game of the four-game series at 1 p.m., Saturday.

The No. 3 and No. 4 spots is where the competition remains.

Left-hander Billy Waltrip will start Game 3 of Saturday’s doubleheader and freshman right-hander Corey Copping is slated to start the series finale at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

OU coach Sunny Golloway wants to see what both do in their first starts before he starts making more weekend plans. Copping and redshirt freshman Adam Choplick, who will make his debut against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday, have both shown enough in the fall and preseason practices to warrant consideration.

“Waltrip is the odds-on favorite, but there are two freshmen arms in there with Copping and Choplick that are pretty special,” Golloway said.

Handling the weather: The forecasted high temperature for today and Saturday is in the 40s. Golloway said all his starting pitchers will be on a pitch count, but he doesn’t believe the weather will affect the pitching staff.

“It won’t factor in as much if they can have quick innings,” he said. “I think if they have to stay out there and labor too long, it could be a factor and we’ll look at that. If they can go out there and get quick innings, then we get them up the tunnel and on the (exercise) bike and keep them moving and keep them warm … I think they’ll be OK.”

Wearing the Cs: OU captains Max White, Jack Mayfield, Overton and Gray will all wear the Cs on their jerseys this season.

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