Bedlam baseball notebook: It's NCAA Tournament do-or-die time for Sooners

The Sooners must win the Big 12 Conference tournament to keep their season alive.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 17, 2014
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                 Oklahoma's Kolbey Carpenter slides into third base as Oklahoma State's Carig McConaughy waits for the throw during a Bedlam baseball game Saturday in Tulsa. 
                   Photo By Matt Barnard, The Tulsa World
Oklahoma's Kolbey Carpenter slides into third base as Oklahoma State's Carig McConaughy waits for the throw during a Bedlam baseball game Saturday in Tulsa. Photo By Matt Barnard, The Tulsa World

While Oklahoma State will advance to an NCAA Regional — and likely host — regardless of what happens in the Big 12 Tournament this week, Oklahoma knows the climb it faces to extend its streak of postseason appearances to seven.

The Sooners must win the conference tournament to keep their season alive.

“We’re going to do our best to make a run at that, I’ll tell you,” Oklahoma coach Pete Hughes said. “We’ve got a team that’s pretty motivated right now.

“It’s winner-take-all. You look at our league and everyone’s got a shot to win that thing. It might as well be us. I’m showing up Wednesday to win it and I’ve got a motivated group of guys that are going to show up with the same sentiment.”

After Saturday’s 8-1 win over OSU, Oklahoma (28-27, 8-16 Big 12) needs one win in the Big 12 Tournament to avoid its first under-.500 season since 2003.

BIG 12 BRACKET FINALIZED

The full bracket for this week’s Big 12 Tournament at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark was released by the conference Saturday before the start of the Bedlam game.

As previously announced, top-seed Oklahoma State will play No. 8 Oklahoma at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Their side of the bracket also includes Texas and Texas Tech, who play at 7:30 p.m.

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by Ryan Aber
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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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