OU baseball notebook: Max White named regional's Most Outstanding Player

White did plenty of good things at the plate this weekend, but it was his sterling play in center field for Oklahoma that led him being named the Blacksburg NCAA regional's Most Outstanding Player.
BY PATRICK OBLEY, For The Oklahoman Published: June 2, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Max White, center, celebrates with teammates Kolbey Carpenter, left, and Colt Beckerstaff, right, during an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game at English Field in Blacksburg, Va., Sunday, June 2, 2013.  (AP Photo/Michael Shroyer) ORG XMIT: VAMS160
Oklahoma's Max White, center, celebrates with teammates Kolbey Carpenter, left, and Colt Beckerstaff, right, during an NCAA college baseball tournament regional game at English Field in Blacksburg, Va., Sunday, June 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Shroyer) ORG XMIT: VAMS160

Max White did plenty of good things at the plate this weekend, but it was his sterling play in center field for Oklahoma that led to him being named the Blacksburg NCAA regional's Most Outstanding Player.

And to think, he had only played the position in five games before this weekend.

Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway said he had become concerned that Craig Aikin and White were pressing too much at the plate, so he had them switch spots in the outfield to focus their minds elsewhere.

The first sign Golloway had made the right move came during the Big 12 Tournament when White preserved a 4-4 tie against Kansas State with a strong throw to third to cut down a potential go-ahead run.

Oklahoma then won the game in extra innings and advanced to the tourney championship.

Sunday evening, White might have saved the Sooners' season by gunning down a potential tying run to preserve a precarious 4-3 lead against Virginia Tech.

“I was looking for that throw one more time,” White said. “I didn't want them to tie it up and that would have tied it, so I saw the ball come up the middle and I charged hard and luckily it was on line."



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