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Big 12 baseball: Sooners shift focus to NCAA Tournament

OU coach Sunny Golloway said it's time to move on, forget about Sunday's title loss to Missouri
By John Helsley and Anthony Slater Published: May 27, 2012
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/articleid/3679299/1/pictures/1731834">Photo - Oklahoma's Caleb Bushyhead is tagged out by Missouri's Ben Turner during the Big 12 baseball championship game between the University of Oklahoma and Missouri at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City,  Sunday, May 27, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman.
Oklahoma's Caleb Bushyhead is tagged out by Missouri's Ben Turner during the Big 12 baseball championship game between the University of Oklahoma and Missouri at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 27, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman.

Final decisions come Monday at 11 a.m. on ESPNU's College Baseball Selection Show.

 

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

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.


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