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Big 12 Baseball Tournament: OU coach Pete Hughes sensed trouble early in loss to OSU

Oklahoma baseball coach Pete Hughes knew his starting pitcher was in trouble early in Wednesday’s Big 12 Tournament opener against Oklahoma State. Jake Elliott was leaving the ball up in the zone, and the Cowboys were taking advantage.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 21, 2014

“It’s definitely deflating to see that ball go over the wall like that,” Sooners first baseman Anthony Hermelyn said. “It’s a tough thing to deal with whenever you’re fighting so hard to try to come back and you know you’ve got to win the thing and then to take a blow like that — it’s definitely tough to come back from, but I’ve got confidence we’re going to come back and get something done tomorrow.”

That disappointment started in the first when, after the Sooners had scored three in the top half, the Cowboys answered with two quick runs off Elliott to flip the momentum.

Hughes has been preaching to his team about shutdown innings — holding the opponent scoreless after getting on the board themselves in the previous inning — and once again the Sooners couldn’t keep things going their way.

“We did exactly what we wanted to do,” Hughes said. “We wanted to jump out and set the tone and get momentum in our dugout. The key point in the entire game was the bottom of the first.

“Against a good team like that you better grab momentum and run with it. We didn’t do it.”