NORMAN — Oklahoma baseball coach Sunny Golloway knows there's a lot of talent in his ballclub, starting with junior left-hander Dillon Overton.
But his main concern right now is the rest of the team relying on Overton to get them the win. He saw it in their intrasquad game.
“You would have thought we were up 10-0 the way they were acting,” Golloway said. “Overton's on the mound and its up 3-0. We can't do that. We can't do that. That's my biggest concern, especially with some young freshmen in the lineup. They're talented. We have to learn to get after people and step on people and keep going.”
Here's what else Golloway had to say about his team from the Sooners' media day on Saturday:
On junior pitcher Billy Waltrip: “He'd probably be a lot of people's No. 1 and he's our No. 3 because we've got two No. 1s.”
On Oklahoma's one-two punch of pitchers Dillon Overton and Jonathan Gray: “It's as good as any. There's no question about it. I've never had two potential first-rounders.”
On finding a new closer: “We've found a couple of guys that are throwing the baseball really well on the back end. The first guy that I'll mention is Robert Tasin. He'll run it up there 90, 91, 92 but where it's coming from, he's from down under. He's a side arm so it's down low. There are four freshmen with good arms, Adam Chopklick is 6-9, redshirt freshman lefthander but he's been back up to 92 from the left side and tilt. That's pretty tough. Corey Copping's got a whip for an arm. ... Ralph Garza is a freshman from South Texas and he's got a tremendous arm. ... There's a lot of talent in this clubhouse.”
On junior infielder Matt Oberste “If he stays healthy, he could be really special. His physical strength is really good. It's above what you see in most college athletes in this sport.”
On looking for a new nonconference rivalry since TCU joined the Big 12: “We're always looking. We're going to try and schedule A&M down the road. We want to have some good nonleague competition and rivals to go along with it. Outside of those, I'm not so sure that we'd be going north.”