NORMAN — If Oklahoma’s seven-game losing streak was taking an emotional toll on the Sooners, they weren’t showing it going into Saturday’s game against Baylor.
After breaking the slump with a 13-7 win over the Bears in front of 1,646 at L. Dale Mitchell Park, OU coaches and players definitely felt a sense of relief.
“It was hard,” first-year coach Pete Hughes said. “I won’t candy-coat it. You can’t. When you’re invested emotionally in something and you lose and you lose a lot, it hurts and it wears you out.
“You can carry it around with you.”
Hughes said the team was loose going into the game but would certainly be in an even better mood going into Sunday’s 1 p.m. series finale.
The deciding game of the series will also be OU’s final home game, with the team’s seniors honored before the game.
The win moved the Sooners (26-22, 6-11 Big 12) a game ahead of Baylor (21-27, 6-13) for seventh place in the Big 12 and, more importantly, two games ahead of last-place Kansas State. The league’s ninth-place team does not advance to the Big 12 Tournament.
“The team feels like if we can get hot right now, we can kind of make a run at this thing,” OU catcher Anthony Hermelyn said. “Finish up the Big 12 regular season getting hot, playing some quality opponents and take it into the Big 12 Tournament and see if we can make a run at it.”
The Sooners fell behind early before exploding with an eight-run fourth.