Draper homers twice
Former Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton may take a year off, but he plans to eventually return to coaching.
In an interview Tuesday with the Tulsa World, Sutton said he had been focusing on his family since resigning as the Cowboys’ head coach on April 1.
“With me, I want the best situation where my family and I are happy, whether it be a head coaching position or an assistant coaching position,” Sutton told the newspaper in a story on its Web site.
“I am not opposed to going back to being an assistant coach for somebody that I really respect and admire, especially if that school would have a chance to win a national championship. That would mean more to me than just being a head coach somewhere. I want to be a part of a national championship.”
Sutton, 39, was a part of two Final Four teams as an assistant coach for father Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State. He went 39-29 in two full seasons as the head coach after taking over for his father midway through the 2005-06 season.
He agreed to a buyout that will pay him just under $2.2 million, or about $1.36 million after taxes, by the end of the year.
Travis Ford was hired as his replacement on April 17.
Draper homers twice
TAHLEQUAH — The regular season came to an unusual end as Central Oklahoma finished off a delayed 14-7 victory before losing 7-6 in a 16-inning epic with Northeastern State Sunday.
Saturday’s nightcap was halted by darkness in the bottom of the sixth with UCO leading 14-6 before the game was finished Sunday.
Shawnee product Breck Draper hit a three-run home run in the second inning.
Up 9-4 after three innings, UCO extended its lead with Draper hitting a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Draper completed a six-RBI effort in the sixth by connecting for a two-run homer. He has 21 home runs on the season.
In Sunday’s regularly scheduled game, UCO held a 4-2 advantage heading into the bottom of the ninth. Northeastern’s Blake Neighbors slugged a two-run homer to send the game into extra innings.
Broncho reliever Lance Phillips held Northeastern scoreless in six innings of work, while NSU’s Rance Plunkett (3-1) did the same, limiting UCO to three hits through the 15th inning.
The Bronchos finally scored in the 16th for a 6-4 lead.
Phillips’ luck ran out in the bottom of the 16th as a leadoff single was followed by a two-run home run from Brett Roberts. Zak Wallis (0-2) came on in relief and hit the first batter he faced before an error, a passed ball and a wild pitch allowed the game-winning run to score for Northeastern.
In the 16-inning game, Draper had the only multi-hit effort, finishing 2-for-6 with an RBI double and a run scored.
UCO (34-21, 25-18 Lone Star Conference) is the No. 5 seed for this weekend’s LSC tournament in Abilene, Texas. The Bronchos will square off with second-seeded Angelo State in the six-team, double-elimination tourney Saturday at 11 a.m.
Hansbrough picks Irish
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ben Hansbrough, who helped Mississippi State advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament last month, is transferring to Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-3 guard started 28 of Mississippi State’s 34 games and was fourth on the team with a 10.5 scoring average. Hansbrough is the younger brother of AP Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, a forward for North Carolina.
The younger Hansbrough said he chose the Fighting Irish over Purdue and Oklahoma State.
Hansbrough announced earlier this month that he would not return for his junior season at Mississippi State. He said Tuesday he decided to leave because “it wasn’t the best fit for me.”
Blalock goes on DL
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a slight tear in his left hamstring.
The move was retroactive to Saturday, a day after Blalock was injured against Minnesota. He’s hitting .299 with three home runs.
Texas also designated first baseman Jason Botts for assignment. The 27-year-old switch-hitter made the opening-day roster for the first time in nine professional seasons but was batting .158 in 15 games, including nine starts.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade, release or send Botts outright to the minor leagues.
Texas filled the roster spots by recalling outfielder Brandon Boggs from Oklahoma and purchasing the contract of first baseman Chris Shelton from the Triple-A team. Boggs hit .309 in 18 games, and Shelton was hitting .354 with three home runs and 18 RBIs.
Manager Ron Washington said Shelton would get most of the playing time that Botts had been splitting with Ben Broussard. “I’ll have Broussard take some fly balls at the (outfield) corners.”
Washington said Boggs would give him a switch hitter off the bench.
“We just want them to come up and do what they were doing well at Oklahoma,” Washington said.