Oklahoma's season ended after a wild 11-8 loss to Oklahoma State on Friday. Pete Hughes’ first season as coach left some to be desired after the Sooners finished 29-29, but after Friday’s game, Hughes made clear he expects to build on this season and revive OU baseball.
Q: Thoughts on the loss to Oklahoma State?
A: “A tremendous college baseball game. Two tough programs, two programs that battled, and that was a great game going back and forth. That’s what college baseball is all about. There were a lot of ups and downs, and in the end, I think the team that played better defense and got a bigger hit won. That is what usually happens in hard-fought battles.
“I’m really proud of our guys; they showed some resiliency and they were some guys that could have packed up a long time ago, but they show up and play every day and they play well when they are behind. It was just a lot of fun to be around here the last couple of days.”
(Starting pitcher) Adam Choplick had a weird line — six walks, eight strikeouts; was that indicative of his season?
I thought he was up and down. It’s consistency. I think that what we’re all aiming for in this game. The team that plays the most consistent in whatever phase of it usually wins. They proved that holds true on the mound, but this is a kid who came a long way from last year. We have to keep working him, keep getting him consistent and keep building his confidence. He certainly can be a dominant arm, it’s just a matter of being a little more consistent in the zone.
How do you feel about your first year at OU and things going forward?
“I love being a part of the University of Oklahoma. Better days are ahead, I promise you that. It’s a great product to recruit to and we will recruit tirelessly. We’ll start tomorrow. I’m real proud to be a representative of a great university and strong, strong, strong baseball tradition.”