Claremore Daily Progress


February 11, 2013

Flores honored at OU Baseball Banquet


NORMAN — Flores posted a career batting average of .344 with 20 home runs and 154 RBI as a four-year starter at backstop. He ranks third in OU history with 59 doubles, fifth with 768 at-bats, sixth with 264 hits, seventh with 219 games played and eighth with 84 extra-base hits.

In addition to the national title in '94 and another CWS appearance the following season, Flores helped lead the Sooners to their first Big 12 Conference championship in '97. He garnered All-America honors three times from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (1995 First Team, '96 & '97 Second Team). He was also honored twice from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ('95 Second Team, '97 Third Team) and once by both Sporting News ('97 First Team) and the American Baseball Coaches Association ('97 Third Team). He was a three-time first team all-conference honoree. Flores was named to the National College Baseball Hall of Fame ballot last February.

Flores was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the 305th pick in the 10th round of the 1997 MLB Draft and spent five years in the minor leagues. He was also drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 229th pick in the eighth round of the 1996 MLB Draft.

"It touches my heart because I coached him and helped recruit him here," said Golloway of Flores, whom he mentored as an assistant coach on the '94 squad. "Javy was my guy, and I stayed with him, and he ended up being a star. It's kind of funny that he's honored and we have so many talented freshmen on this year's team. What a great person for those guys to look up to, a guy who was able to step in and start and lead us to a national title as a freshman."

Golloway also previewed the season in between videos which highlighted each class of the 2013 squad.

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