NORMAN — When the Oklahoma coaching staff changed not long after last season, Sheldon Neuse never gave it a second thought.
“It was 100 percent I’m coming here,” Neuse said. “Nothing else ever crossed my mind.
“I still wanted to play with this group of guys that was going to be here. Everything worked out.”
It definitely has, both for Neuse and the Sooners.
The freshman from Fort Worth hit .290 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs, led the Big 12 with seven triples and finished second in the league with 117 total bases.
Neuse is The Oklahoman’s Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
“Coming in my freshman year and being able to start, it was an awesome experience,” Neuse said. “We had a good group of guys. Even though the numbers didn’t show it all the time, I felt like we played pretty good ball this year. We had a lot of games where we really competed and battled, it just didn’t go in our favor. That’s kind of how the season’s shaped up.”
The Sooners enter this week’s Big 12 Tournament needing to win it to extend their season.
“I think we’re competing harder than we ever have and hopefully it pays off for us,” Neuse said. “My freshman year’s been awesome. I wouldn’t change it for anything.”
After an adjustment period early in the season, the Sooners’ starting third baseman settled into his role as one of the most consistent offensive threats in the lineup.