Big 12 Tournament notes: Sooners now get wanted down time

OU will have light workout Friday, focus on 9 a.m. Saturday game against either Baylor or Kansas State
By Ryan Aber, John Helsley and Anthony Slater Published: May 24, 2012
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With Thursday's 3-2 win over Baylor, Oklahoma moved within a win of Sunday's title game.

Their reward: a day off.

Friday is an elimination day at The Brick, with Baylor and Kansas State facing off for the right to play OU in one division of bracket play. The winner returns Saturday to take on the rested Sooners at 9 a.m., with an if-necessary game scheduled for 4 p.m.

“I told the guys I don't know what we'll do for a workout (Friday),” said OU coach Sunny Golloway. “But I know that we'll meet and we'll move around a little bit. Nothing too exhausting. But we'll make sure that we've washed this (win) and we're back focused on winning a third game, getting to the championship.

“Someone's got to beat us twice, or we're going to be playing for the championship. That's our goal. Our pitching will be in good shape for that. But we've been fortunate with how it's worked out to be able to come off the highs.”

OU'S JOHN ON ALERT

Sooners starting pitcher Jordan John was put on alert Thursday, with Baylor banging several batted balls at him and around him.

He was struck by balls three times and avoided several other shots, although none did any physical damage.

“I've got to tip my hat to Baylor's hitters,” John said. “They squared the ball up pretty good. I made a play on two of them; the third one kind of got away from me.

“That's why we do PFPs (pitchers' fielding practice). You've got to be ready. You've got to have a quick reaction time. I was able to make a couple plays and keep my team in a position to win.”

REINE'S SECOND CHANCE

Crowding the plate against Baylor pitcher Crayton Bare, OU's Cody Reine tried to bluff his way on in the seventh inning, taking off toward first base in suggesting that he'd been hit by Bare's inside offering.

Reine, however, was called back by home plate umpire Jeff Henrichs.

Two pitches later, Reine launched a game-tying solo home run to right field.

“The guy had some good stuff,” Reine said. “His breaking ball was sharp. He was pounding it in on me. I thought he grazed me. I was just trying to pass it off to Max (White). I have high confidence in Max that he can get the job done.

“The umpire didn't see it that way and I got to swing the bat one more.”

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