Oklahoma baseball: How the Sooners' postseason run fell short

Armed with two star pitchers, OU looked positioned for a run to Omaha. And the Sooners made a run, yet only so far. Regrets? Sure, namely inconsistent offense and defense, heaping too much pressure on the pitchers.
by John Helsley Published: June 10, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma head coach Sunny Golloway, left, watches as players hug after an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Baton Rouge, La.. LSU defeated Oklahoma  11-1 and advances to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb..(AP Photo/Bill Feig) ORG XMIT: LABF112
Oklahoma head coach Sunny Golloway, left, watches as players hug after an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Baton Rouge, La.. LSU defeated Oklahoma 11-1 and advances to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb..(AP Photo/Bill Feig) ORG XMIT: LABF112

— Once again, the Sooners were left to witness a wild celebration.

And to wonder: what might have been?

Oklahoma dogpiled this year — twice — winning championships at the Big 12 Baseball Tournament and at the Blacksburg Regional. But those weren't the ultimate dogpiles sought, with the team falling again in its quest to return to the College World Series.

LSU made sure of that, sweeping the Sooners and seizing a spot in Omaha, where the CWS begins later this week at TD Ameritrade Park.

“Hopefully we can get the Sooners to Ameritrade and play in the new ballpark soon,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “It just wasn't meant to be this year.”

Except it sure looked to be the year, with the Sooners fully armed with the one key ingredient: starting pitching. Jonathan Gray and Dillon Overton, co-aces by most accounts, as well as first-day MLB draft picks, had OU positioned for a run to Omaha.

And the Sooners made a run, yet only so far.

Regrets? Sure, namely inconsistent offense and defense, heaping too much pressure on the pitchers.

A full review of the season reveals that the Sooners were an incomplete club. After a strong start, noted by a move into the top 10 in the polls, OU sputtered down the stretch of the Big 12, losing its final three league series and finishing tied for third in the standings, two games over .500 at 13-11.

More than that, Golloway regretted his club's midweek struggles, resulting in five losses to the likes of Texas-Arlington, Arkansas-Little Rock and Dallas Baptist.

“I feel we really didn't lose a chance to get to Omaha (over the) weekend,” Golloway said. “I feel like we lost it when we lost those midweek games to Dallas Baptist, Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas-Arlington.

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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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