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College baseball: OU and OSU return to the NCAA tournament

by John Helsley Modified: May 27, 2013 at 11:22 am •  Published: May 27, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Robbie Rea scores the winning run as Oklahoma's Dylan Neal drops the ball during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Robbie Rea scores the winning run as Oklahoma's Dylan Neal drops the ball during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The Sooners and Cowboys are back in the NCAA Tournament.

*Oklahoma, for the sixth straight year, as a No. 2 seed in Blacksburg, Va., where Virginia Tech is the host and No. 1 seed. The Sooners will open against Coastal Carolina at noon Friday.

*Oklahoma State, after a one-year absence, as a No. 3 seed in Louisville, where the Cardinals are the No. 1 seed. The Cowboys face Miami (Fla.) in their opener at 1 p.m. Friday.

The Cowboys and Sooners were two of three Big 12 schools, along with Kansas State, securing spots in the 64-team field, which was announced Monday.

OU surges into the postseason on a five-game winning streak that spanned the Big 12 Tournament and resulted in its first conference title since 1997. The Sooners had struggled previously, losing nine of their previous 12 before the league tournament, but over four days showed the stuff that had them atop the Big 12 standings for much of the regular season before that late-season fade.

“These last three weeks it's been tough on us, hitting and pitching, all together,” said OU first baseman Matt Oberste. “To come in (to the Big 12 Tournament) and win four games with no losses and head to the NCAA Tournament, it's going to be big for us. It's a big motivation for us.”

For OSU, it was the same story, in reverse.

The Cowboys carried momentum into Bricktown, winning their last four league series to finish second in the Big 12 standings. Then they lost all three pool-play games in the tournament, surrendering leads in each of the losses.

That can be forgotten now, with new life.

“It's a great feeling, a dream come true,” said OSU senior third baseman Robbie Rea. “It's my first time and it's great to go out as a senior and to make the postseason. Hopefully, it doesn't end (in Louisville).”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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