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Big 12 baseball notebook: Sooners' arms in good shape

The biggest positive to come out of Oklahoma's five-run ninth Friday was the ability to keep closer Jacob Evans on the bench.
by Ryan Aber and John Helsley and Jason Kersey Published: May 24, 2013

The biggest positive to come out of Oklahoma's five-run ninth Friday was the ability to keep closer Jacob Evans on the bench.

Evans and Robert Tasin were up in the bullpen during the top of the inning, yet Sunny Golloway brought Kindle Ladd into the game instead after the Sooners made it 8-0.

“Even though they threw in the bullpen, it doesn't tax them,” Golloway said. “It's like getting a little bit of a workout.”

The Sooners will start Jake Fisher on the mound against Kansas State.

Fisher threw seven strong innings in a 7-3 win over the Wildcats to close Big 12 play last Sunday.

That was also the game where Golloway let freshman catcher Anthony Hermelyn start calling pitches.

Since then, the Sooners have allowed just three runs in 27 innings and have held opponents scoreless for 19 consecutive innings.


When Oklahoma State blew a 4-2 ninth inning lead Thursday night, losing 8-4, it was the Cowboys second-straight late collapse against the Horned Frogs.

Back in April, in the Sunday series finale, OSU misplayed a fly ball in center field that would have been the final out, but instead turned into a game-winning, three-run double in a 3-2 Frogs win in Fort Worth.

This time, Cowboys relievers Vince Wheeland and Brendan McCurry scuffled through the ninth, each giving up three runs as TCU sent 11 men to the plate.

“I was on base and Boomer (White) was on base,” said TCU third baseman Jantzen White, “and Boomer came over to me and said, ‘I think this is the guy (McCurry) they brought in on Sunday.'

“I didn't really want to talk about it, but we had a slight little chuckle, you know, ‘What if?' We were very confident. That's how things worked out. We definitely had some balls fall for us late.”

The ninth-inning disappointments against TCU aren't limited to this season for the Cowboys. Last year, catcher Jared Womack dropped a pop-up in front of the plate that would have ended the game, but instead led to a Frogs winning rally.


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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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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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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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