OU's late run that included five wins over Big 12 regular-season champion Baylor assured the Sooners of a spot in postseason play.
Quickly Sunday, that became the Sooners' focus.
“Regular season's over,” said OU baseball coach Sunny Golloway. “Big 12 Tournament is now over, unfortunately for us. But a new season is going to start.
“And we'll get excited for it. We'll get ready for it. We'll wash this. We'll eat dinner. It won't taste as well as it could have. But we'll be ready.”
SOONERS BOOST ATTENDANCE
The All Sports Association received no break in the initial tournament pairings, with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meeting in a first-round game at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
The bracket resulted in the loser playing at 9 a.m. Thursday, and led to OU playing its winner's bracket final Saturday at 9 a.m. — hardly an ideal time for drawing crowds.
Still, with the Sooners winning, their appeal with their fan base grew as the week went on. A crowd of 4,000-plus watched OU beat Baylor on Saturday and Sunday's attendance of 6,343 — heavily shaded in crimson — was the best in recent memory.
Next weekend will mark Oklahoma's 36th NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth in a row.
But as expected, Oklahoma will start on the road, with regional sites announced on Sunday and Norman not making the list.
College Station (Texas A&M) and Waco (Baylor) were the only two Big 12 sites selected. Because of regional guidelines, the Sooners can't play at either conference location the first weekend.
For geographical purposes, the two rumored destinations for OU's regional are Rice and Purdue.
Final decisions come Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU's College Baseball Selection Show.
As expected, Oklahoma and Missouri were well-represented on the All-Tournament Team.
First baseman Evan Mistich, second baseman Jack Mayfield and left-handed pitchers Dillon Overton and Steven Okert were the Sooner representatives.
Overton, who had a tournament-record 15 strikeouts, combined with Okert for a complete-game shutout of Oklahoma State in the opener. Mistich had four RBIs in four games and was dazzling in the field.
Missouri shortstop Eric Garcia, who hit .500 with three stolen bases this week, won the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
MU's Blake Brown, Dane Opel and Jeff Emens, Baylor's Josh Ludy and Texas A&M's Tyler Naquin and Jacob House rounded out the team.
RUNNING INTO OUTS
The final play of Sunday's championship game couldn't have been more fitting, with an Oklahoma runner out on the bases.
In the sixth inning, Garrett Carey got thrown out after rounding second too far. In the seventh inning, Caleb Bushyhead, representing the go-ahead run, was cut down at the plate on a double.
On the game's final play, before Missouri threw out Evan Mistich at the plate, Bushyhead was hit in the foot with Chase Simpson's line drive. Game over.
“No fault of his,” Golloway said. “He's just digging hard, trying to get to a bag.”
Along with the baserunning blunders, Missouri deserves credit for smooth relays and great throws.
“There were a lot of moments like that during the game where we were able to step up and make plays,” MU coach Tim Jamieson said.