Bedlam baseball: Cowboys, Sooners still have challenges ahead

Oklahoma State is making a late-season surge. Oklahoma fails to get any breaks. Both teams are scrambling just to make it on the NCAA Tournament radar.
by John Helsley Published: May 7, 2012
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Frank Anderson still hesitates to consider the big picture or his team's place in it, namely postseason play.

Tunnel vision has served him and his Cowboys well.

“You're not human if you don't at least think about stuff like that,” Anderson allowed. “But we've done such a good job of just worrying about the present. And that's all coach speak, but it's really been pretty good for us.”

Oklahoma State tightened its focus several weeks ago, while standing just 18-17 overall and 5-7 in the Big 12. With the doom-and-gloom crowd rallying, the Cowboys tuned out the critics and turned it on.

Since then, they've won 10 of 11 games and three conference series, including a weekend Bedlam conquest. Now 13-8 in the league, the Pokes sit tied for second in the Big 12 standings and stand as one of the hottest teams in the country.

“We're on a little streak and we're feeling pretty good about it,” OSU ace Andrew Heaney said entering the Bedlam series, before shutting out the Sooners in Tulsa on Friday night.

Now the Cowboys can feel better about themselves, and their NCAA Tournament chances, although they still have work to do in securing a bid.

Bedlam was billed as an important series for both OU and OSU. The Cowboys stayed hot. The Sooners, meanwhile, stayed frustrated, losing two more tight games in a much too familiar way — done in by the little things and an inability to produce clutch hits.

“Our whole season just got summarized in that ballgame,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said of Sunday's 3-2 series clincher against the Cowboys. “It's been a break here or a break there, a play here or a play there.

“I told the guys down the line we have to be men about it. We understand our season. We've been close, but we haven't done what we need to to get over the hump.”

Golloway hasn't surrendered all hope on an NCAA Tournament bid, yet is realistic, too, with his club now 30-19 and 10-10 and facing a challenging series with Big 12 unbeaten Baylor this weekend.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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