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Oklahoma baseball: Sooners won't take Coastal Carolina lightly

OU opens regional play against a Chanticleers team that has plenty of NCAA Tournament experience.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 28, 2013
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photo - COLLEGE BASEBALL / NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT: Head coach Sunny Golloway speaks to the media as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooner baseball team prepares for the NCAA Regional Baseball tournament on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE BASEBALL / NCAA REGIONAL TOURNAMENT: Head coach Sunny Golloway speaks to the media as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooner baseball team prepares for the NCAA Regional Baseball tournament on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

“It's not gonna be an eight-, nine-run game,” May said. “We'll take our runs when we get them, take advantage of every opportunity we get.

“Small ball is one of the key parts of our game, doing anything we can do to get guys in scoring position.”

OU coach Sunny Golloway said Tuesday that he still hadn't decided if ace Jonathan Gray or Overton would start against Coastal Carolina.

Coastal Carolina's pitching staff carries a solid 3.16 ERA into the postseason. Sophomore Ben Smith has started 15 games, going 5-3 with a 2.19 ERA.

Oklahoma finally broke out of its excruciating late-season funk. The Sooners entered the Big 12 Tournament having lost nine of their last 12 games, but were a perfect 4-0 last weekend, claiming their first conference title since 1997.

“A lot of teams go through bad spells just like we did,” Overton said. “It's gonna happen no matter what. ... Right now, we kinda turned it on at the exact right time and we're fortunate for that.”

Coastal Carolina, meanwhile, enters the postseason on a two-game skid. CCU was eliminated from its conference tournament after dropping back-to-back games last Friday.

Still, May said the Chanticleers' tough schedule and their postseason experience has prepared them for the challenges Oklahoma presents.

“We've played some pretty good competition,” May said. “Those really were games where we got to learn and see who we really are. We take pride in showing we can play with those guys.

“Hopefully, we can shock the world.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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