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Oklahoma baseball: Hector Lorenzana thrives in big moments

Sooner second baseman has become more comfortable at the plate and in the field.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 29, 2013

— Hector Lorenzana loves stepping to the plate with runners in scoring position.

He can't quite explain why, but Oklahoma's junior second baseman has thrived in those big moments as far back as he can remember.

“I remember my first national tournament in Joplin, Mo.,” Lorenzana said. “I was hitting third as an 8-year old. It's just who I am. It's how I was built. ... I lock myself in when I see a runner on second or a runner on third. I just change my whole mindset. I love it.”

As the Sooners prepare for Friday's NCAA regional opener against Coastal Carolina in Blacksburg, Va., coach Sunny Golloway continues encouraging Lorenzana to adopt that mindset in every situation. The OU coach can only imagine his second baseman's ceiling if that happens.

“One of the things he has to learn is to bring that game every day,” Golloway said. “When you're playing nonconference early in the season and they're kind of no-brainers, try to bring that same intensity. But he has played really big in big games.”

In early April, Lorenzana's eighth-inning double scored the go-ahead run in OU's 4-2 win at Texas that secured its first series win in Austin since 1998.

Oklahoma dropped two of three games to Oklahoma State, but Lorenzana's play the entire weekend was superb. He accounted for nine of the Sooners' 11 runs with six RBIs and three runs scored.

As OU rallied from a 4-1 deficit in its lone Bedlam win, Lorenzana doubled in one run and scored one later.

Lorenzana began his college career at San Diego City College, where he hit .390 and was the team's MVP as a freshman. He transferred to Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, and before his sophomore season even began, he signed with Oklahoma in November 2011.

Lorenzana rotated between shortstop, third base and second base at Howard, but didn't play as much as Golloway thought he would.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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OU vs. Coastal Carolina

When: Noon Friday

Where: English Field, Blacksburg, Va.



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