The Sooners, returning one of the Big 12’s top outfields, are geared up after their successful 32-win season in 2023.

In contrast to the previous year when the team faced the departure of key players after the 2022 College World Series, this season sees a robust and healthy returning roster. Johnson highlighted the team’s strength, stating, “The nucleus of our whole outfield is back. Up the middle of our field is back, except for our shortstop.”

Reflecting on the mindset for the upcoming season, Johnson expressed a strong desire for victory, emphasizing that winning is what truly resonates. He remarked, “The world’s different for winners and losers. Going into what we accomplished, my goal is to really build relationships. Do I want to win national championships? Absolutely. I came here to win national championships, but it’s really to build relationships. They last forever.”

Acknowledging the rich history of Oklahoma baseball, Johnson emphasized the enduring legacy of the sport at the university. The Sooners are set to commence their 2024 season and final campaign in the Big 12 against Oregon in the Shriner’s College Baseball Showdown at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Key returning players include Easton Carmichael, the sole returning All-Big 12 freshman selection from 2023, and conference honorable mentions Bryce Madron, Kendall Pettis, John Spikerman, and lefty pitcher James Hitt. Freshman Jaxon Willits is expected to step into the shortstop position, replacing Braden Carmichael. Johnson expressed confidence in Willits, noting his strong performance during the fall.

The pitching staff features a mix of familiar faces and new additions. Johnson highlighted newcomers with impressive arms, such as Ryan Lambert, the Missouri State transfer, and the Witherspoon twins from Northwest Florida State College.

The Sooners’ schedule includes matchups against Wright State, with local fans getting a glimpse of the team in late February.

Nine OU players were recognized as top 45 Big 12 Major League Baseball draft prospects for the 2024 cycle by, showcasing the team’s talent. Additionally, four Big 12 teams on OU’s schedule were named preseason top 25 selections by D1 Baseball.

With high expectations for the season, including facing formidable opponents, the Sooners, under the leadership of Skip Johnson, are poised for another impactful campaign in college baseball.

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