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Big 12 baseball: Everyone contributing to Matt Oberste's big season

The OU first baseman says: “I'm having a lot of fun. So is my team; they're supporting me with all of it.”
by John Helsley Published: March 28, 2013

“There were so many unknowns for us,” Holliday said. “I didn't know really where we were. I didn't have enough of a feel for each player to gauge where we would be. I was optimistic, because like any coach you start to grow to appreciate your players and really love on them and see what they're capable of.

“But the question always is, ‘How will we respond when the games start?' And I think we've responded very well.”

The Cowboys have responded in the clutch, too, with nine comeback wins, including three walk-offs, with two of those coming in the 10th inning.

The winning — and the way in which they're winning — has bolstered the club's confidence.

“It creates believability inside your locker room that you're never out of a game,” Holliday said. “It creates believability inside your kids' heads that those close games will go your way, instead of against you. That's the process of learning to win.

“There's conditions of winning. And there's conditions of losing. And you condition yourself to believe how you're going to make the game go your way, instead of waiting for it to go against you.”

Jason Hursh has developed into the ace the Cowboys needed, while Vince Wheeland has thrived in a flex role on the pitching staff. The lineup has been strong, with Tanner Krietemeier and Zach Fish providing punch to the middle of the order.

It's a big weekend for OSU, with the Longhorns in Stillwater for the Cowboys' second conference home series already. After this, the schedule toughens, with just seven games at Reynolds Stadium in April and May.

Still, the Cowboys seem to have a foundation of winning in place.

“I wouldn't sit here and say that I'm super comfortable and everything's wonderful, because every coach knows you better keep getting better,” Holliday said. “It's a long year. There's plenty of time for the game to come back and get you.

“But to this point, have the players done the things you would hope for? Heck yes. I'm proud of them.”

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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