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Kansas pitcher and former Shawnee High School star Eli Davis is 5-3 with a 5.02 ERA this season. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman archives]
Kansas pitcher and former Shawnee High School star Eli Davis is 5-3 with a 5.02 ERA this season. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman archives]

Former Shawnee High School standout Eli Davis, now a redshirt freshman at Kansas, is hospitalized after taking a line drive off the ribs in Sunday's eventual 10-6 win over Texas.

Davis suffered fractured ribs and a lacerated spleen when Texas' Peter Geib lined the ball back to the mound.

Texas' official Twitter account said the ball came off the bat at 108 mph.

Davis continued to pitch, making it through the fourth inning, allowing five hits and four runs — two earned — before exiting the game as his internal bleeding continued.

He's expected to be out six weeks, effectively ending his season.

Davis remained hospitalized as of Monday afternoon, though he took to Twitter to respond to Texas' tweet of the injury.

"Fractured ribs, cut open my spleen and still continued to strike out the side the next inning, proceeding to finish through the 4th and then swept you guys #yallarebooty," he tweeted.

Davis is 5-3 with a 5.02 ERA in his first season pitching with the Jayhawks after sitting out last year following Tommy John surgery.

UCO to host softball regional

Central Oklahoma has been selected to host a regional in the NCAA Division II softball tournament.

The Bronchos will face Minnesota Duluth in the first round of the double-elimination Central Regional in Edmond. The game is set for Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Cameron and Oklahoma Christian will also compete in regionals on Thursday.

Cameron will face Tarleton State at 4 p.m. in the South Central II regional in Commerce, Texas. OC will take on South Central I host Texas A&M-Kingsville at 7 p.m.

Sixty-four teams were selected to participate in regionals. Winners will advance to super regionals, where they will battle for a spot in the eight-team finals in Denver.

OU women's golf in 11th place at Norman Regional

Oklahoma women's golf shot a 5-over 293 to earn a share of 11th place in the first round of the NCAA Norman Regional on Monday at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.

Florida led the 18-team field at 4 under.

OU's Kaitlin Milligan was in sixth place in the individual standings at 2 under.

The second round of the three-day tournament is scheduled to start at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Local baseball bat maker to be featured on OETA series

Baseball bat maker Matt Floyd will be featured on the next episode of the OETA series "Gallery America." The 30-minute show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Floyd owns Matt's Bat, a custom wood baseball bat company in Choctaw. The former college baseball player makes bats for several schools in Oklahoma and throughout the country.

Staff reports

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