OU baseball: Sooners getting production from unexpected places

Hitters like Garrett Casey and Matt Oberste have been coming up big for Oklahoma lately. Will that carry over into regional play?
by Ryan Aber Published: May 30, 2012

For much of the season, Max White has been about the only consistent piece in Oklahoma's lineup.

Recently, though, especially in last week's Big 12 Tournament, the Sooners have started getting jolts of energy from unexpected places.

First, it was Garrett Carey with his walk-off home run that sent OU to a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State in the tournament opener. Then, Matt Oberste blistered Baylor with a pair of home runs in the semifinal win before belting another in a championship-game loss to Missouri.

If the Sooners are to advance out of the Charlottesville (Va.) Regional that starts Friday, they figure to need continued production from unexpected sources.

“With the BBCOR bats, I don't think anyone wants to rely on their hitters anymore,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “You want to be in a position where you can scratch across a couple of runs. But you have to be able to pitch and play defense to advance. That's all there is to it. There's not going to be many slugfests in the regionals.”

After a stretch early in the season where most of the production came from the top of the order, Oklahoma has seen a surge of production lately from unexpected places.

None more than Carey, who was hitting just .210 heading into the Big 12 Tournament.

“It's just a confidence thing,” Carey said. “Coach turned me loose early in the count.

“We're getting after the first couple of pitches we can hit and things have been happening for us.”

That has Carey predicting a good weekend — and beyond — for the Sooners.

“Now that we're all going together, we're going to do some pretty big things in the next couple weeks,” Carey said.

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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