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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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Dillon Overton started on Sunday. OU won on Sunday.

Usually, those two things go hand-in-hand, with Overton sporting an excellent 2.87 ERA and the Sooners benefiting with a 10-2 record when the hard-throwing lefty pitches. 

But that wasn't necessarily the case in this weekend's Bedlam finale. 

Returning from a two-week hiatus as a result of elbow inflammation, Overton pitched a relatively ineffective four innings, giving up four runs and leaving his team in a 4-0 hole. 

But OU fought back, completing an impressive and much-needed 5-4 comeback victory despite Overton's shortest outing of the season. 

“He was battling his tail off, it just wasn't working out,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said of Overton. “And that's not typical him. He gets two strikes on guys, he puts them away and he wasn't putting them away.” 

But the fact that Overton was even on the mound is an enormous development as the Sooners near the stretch run. 

He missed his past two starts with the aforementioned elbow issue. And with that kind of complication on such a prized arm (Overton is expected to go early in June's MLB Draft), concern can often lead to an immediate season shutdown. 

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