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Big 12 baseball: Bedlam is just around the corner

First, however, there's business to handle for both OU and OSU. And how the Sooners and Cowboys go about their business this weekend will go a long way in setting up the bigness of Bedlam 2013.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: May 2, 2013
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/articleid/3805725/1/pictures/2042558">Photo - Oklahoma State's Robbie Rea slides safely into home as Oklahoma's Dylan Neal waits for the throw during the Bedlam college baseball game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 6, 2012. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma State's Robbie Rea slides safely into home as Oklahoma's Dylan Neal waits for the throw during the Bedlam college baseball game at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 6, 2012. PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN

“Great news for Dillon,” Golloway said. “He's feeling really good and we think he's going to be fine. As for Fisher, the three hole has kind of been our Achilles; if we can ever shore that up and get to the point where we feel good about that spot, we'll really be able to make a strong run, I think.”

The Cowboys hope their run has already begun.

OSU carries a five-game winning streak into Lubbock this weekend, with a chance to pad their run against the league's eighth-place club. Texas Tech sits just 6-12 in the conference, although Holliday sees a team still scrapping.

“They beat New Mexico (Tuesday night) and beat OU on Sunday,” Holliday said, “so they definitely haven't checked it in.”

The Cowboys' surge, involving two wins over Nebraska and single wins over Wichita State, Creighton and Rutgers, has provided a needed RPI boost. Coupled with a series win over Kansas State and another midweek victory over Missouri State, OSU has soared from No. 104 in the RPI to No. 49, putting itself back in play for a postseason berth.

Now it's on the Cowboys to polish up the résumé, this weekend and in remaining series against the Sooners and West Virginia sandwiching another clash with Wichita State. The Big 12 Tournament offers another opportunity to make a statement.

“You've got four weeks ahead of you where you get to play against good teams in good venues, with hopefully some great crowds and a conference race down the stretch,” Holliday said. “There's a lot of good baseball ahead of us.

“You want to play well down the stretch. It's an important month for us.”

It starts this weekend, for the Cowboys and Sooners.

And then, Bedlam looms.


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