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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ This week's Big 12 baseball tournament in
Oklahoma City will feature the nation's leader in home runs.
Texas right fielder Kyle Russell enters the tournament with 27
home runs. That's seven more than the previous school record set by
Jeff Ontiveros in 2002.
Russell credits his big season to a sessions with Longhorns
coaches last fall. He'd struck out 64 times in 126 at-bats over the
summer in the Cape Cod League, and needed a boost of confidence.
Since then, Russell says he's been focusing on the mental side
of the game and trying to get into a routine that makes him
comfortable at the plate.
He's hit .348 with 68 R-B-Is and was named the conference's
player of the year today.
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