Big 12 baseball notebook: Sunny Golloway says OU playing its best

Oklahoma ended its regular season with a thud, losing nine of its last 12 games. But after Saturday's 7-6, 11-inning victory over K-State, Oklahoma enters Sunday's Big 12 Tournament title game on a three-game winning streak.
by Ryan Aber and John Helsley and Jason Kersey Published: May 25, 2013
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Oklahoma ended its regular season with a thud, losing nine of its last 12 games.

Over that stretch, the Sooners lost two games at West Virginia, two games to Oklahoma State and two games at Big 12 regular-season champion Kansas State.


But after Saturday's 7-6, 11-inning victory over K-State, Oklahoma enters Sunday's Big 12 Tournament title game on a three-game winning streak.

“We've been trying to fix a couple little things,” said OU coach Sunny Golloway. ‘We're finally becoming a complete team. We're a better team right now than we have been all year.

“But we were not a bad team ... that just becomes the perception.”

COWBOYS LEFT WITH REGRETS

OSU left the tournament at 0-3, after leading in all three games in the sixth inning or later.

So there were plenty of regrets, including Saturday, when West Virginia committed five errors and managed just eight hits, yet won 6-5 in 10 innings.

“I think anytime the other team makes five errors — what did we have, 10 hits? — you'd like to think you could come out on the plus side of the ledger,” said Cowboys coach Josh Holliday. “It's really a credit to them, to be honest with you. They bounced back.”

OSU left 10 men on base and hit into three double plays, foiling their chances at big innings.

“We were close,” Holliday said. “One more swing of the bat might have been that final straw. But they wouldn't go away and we didn't do the necessary things to put them down either.”

WILDCATS STILL HOPING TO HOST

Kansas State entered the Big 12 Tournament in the mix to host an NCAA Tournament regional.

And the Wildcats hope that Saturday's loss to the Sooners don't damage their hopes.

“It's out of our hands,” said K-State coach Brad Hill. “I maybe shouldn't have said anything yesterday about thinking we should host, but it's good for my team. I think we've had a heck of a year. I think the Big 12 champion should be a host of a regional, personally.

“Our league is good — very good — and I would think we would deserve that opportunity for going through the Big 12 when weekend to weekend is just a battle. Then we come win a couple games down here.”

The Wildcats, holding a No. 18 RPI, are securely in the tournament, which represents something after a sub-. 500 season a year ago. So Monday's Road to Omaha selection show will be fun, either way.

“I'm glad that we get to watch it this year,” said K-State second baseman Ross Kivett. “We'll be together and hopefully it works out in our favor, but we just want to play and we're going to play hard every day.

“I don't think we're too concerned about things we can't control right now.”

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by Ryan Aber
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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