Like his team as a whole, Oklahoma junior Matt Oberste entered the Big 12 Tournament in a bit of a slump.
Consider it finished. Oberste was 2 for 4, drove in four runs and blasted a two-run homer — his first home run in over a month — Sunday in the Sooners' 7-2 title-game win over Kansas.
With the win, Oklahoma secured a berth in the NCAA Tournament field, which will be unveiled Monday morning.
The Sooners spent much of the regular season in first place in the Big 12 Conference standings, but lost nine of its last 12 games and finished in fourth place.
Over Oklahoma's last seven regular-season games, Oberste was 2 for 22 with just one RBI.
Sunday, Kansas starter Frank Duncan walked Oberste in his first at-bat. The junior scored one of the Sooners' three first inning runs on a wild pitch.
Kansas regained a little momentum with a run in its half of the first, then held OU scoreless in the second.
But in the third inning, Duncan left a 2-2 pitch high for Oberste, who sent it over the left-field fence. It was Oberste's team leading 11th home run of the season, but his first since a 14-3 nonconference victory over New Orleans on April 21.
“He made a mistake on a 2-2 pitch and left it up again,” Oberste said. “I put a good swing on it. The guys in front of me and behind me did a good job of getting on and protecting me.”
Oberste was named to the All-Tournament team after driving in seven runs in the Sooners' four wins.
Now, the Sooners are guaranteed a sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.
“Huge relief,” senior Max White said of OU's secured NCAA Tournament berth. “We've been up and down for about the last four weeks. ... This team fights until the end, especially coming into the postseason.”