The Sooners have done their part, with coach Sunny Golloway directing his program to 328 wins, seven Top 25 finishes and six regional finals, with a trip to the College World Series in 2010.
“For us, that's probably what we're most proud of as a program,” Golloway said. “Our teams each year, we try to make as good as we can. But the program over the long haul — 40 wins four straight years, Omaha in '10, three Super Regionals the last five years — those are the things that we want to try to continue to do.”
Those are things the Cowboys used to do. And aspire to again.
OSU's changes won't affect the Sooners' preparation.
“All I care about is seeing that black and orange in the other dugout,” said OU's Max White. “They have made a lot of changes. I don't know too much and I haven't looked at it too much. I know they have a good club over there.
“We're going to have to play well.”
Golloway sees the two teams in the rankings and playing well and recognizes the upside.
“The fact that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are the two ranked teams in our conference bodes very well for the state of Oklahoma,” Golloway said. “It's good for everybody. It's a pride thing within our state lines. That's the way it should be.”
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What: OU vs. OSU, nonconference baseball.
Where: Mitchell Park, Norman.
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Rankings: In the most recently released poll — the NCBWA rankings — the Sooners are No. 13 and the Cowboys are No. 19.
Tickets: $15 reserved, $10 adult general admission; $5 youth and senior citizens. Order online at soonersports.com or at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-4668.
Probable pitching matchup:
OU — RH Ralph Garza Jr., 3-0, 2.04 ERA
OSU — RH Randy McCurry, 2-1, 1.76 ERA