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Bedlam baseball: Dillon Overton's return vital for Sooners' stretch run

OU's Dillon Overton gave up four runs in four innings in his return, but the important thing for the Sooners is having their prized pitcher back at a crucial point in the season.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 12, 2013
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/articleid/3809134/1/pictures/2051943">Photo - Oklahoma's Dillon Overton throws a pitch during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma CIty, Sunday, May 12, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Dillon Overton throws a pitch during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma CIty, Sunday, May 12, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

But after some rest, Overton felt better, eventually well enough to be reinserted into the rotation.

“I felt great (on Sunday),” Overton said. “When I was warming up in the bullpen, it was the best I've felt in over a month. But as the game went on, I haven't thrown in two, two-and-a-half weeks. You just get tired and your arm starts getting tired. At that point, we just decided that was enough from me. But overall, I felt pretty good.”

And he'll be needed, with a huge start to come next week at Kansas State, the current Big 12 leaders, before postseason play begins.

He struggled against Oklahoma State, but his return is what truly mattered.

“Winning the ballgame helps our chances as far as getting into postseason,” Golloway said. “But having a healthy Dillon down the road helps us get deep into postseason. So it's kind of a Catch 22, if you don't have a healthy Dillon Overton, you're probably not going to go very far in postseason anyway.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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