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OU baseball: Sooners lose a lot of talent — but have a lot returning for 2013

Coach Sunny Golloway would not be surprised to see OU ranked in top 10 at start of next season
by John Helsley Published: June 13, 2012

Sunny Golloway sounds like a man obsessed.

“We've got to get back to Omaha,” he said of the drive to return the Sooners to the College World Series.

“Man, we've got to get back.”

That's the sting of falling just short, back in Norman after Oklahoma was eliminated two wins shy of a trip to Omaha while the buzz nationally builds for this weekend's beginning of the CWS.

Reflecting, however, Golloway acknowledges the joy of the past month and a half, when the Sooners surged from a period of struggle into national contention. OU finished 42-25, but seemed to be sliding from postseason consideration following a Bedlam series loss to Oklahoma State, when it reversed course, going on a run that extended to the Big 12 Tournament title game, then the championship of the Charlottesville Regional.

While it ended at South Carolina in the Super Regional, the Sooners could look back with a sense of accomplishment. Golloway and his staff maneuvered pieces throughout the opening months of the season, finally finding the right fits across the diamond and in the pitching staff.

“I'm extremely proud,” Golloway said. “When we lost 11 players to the draft from last year's team, there was a lot of experimenting that had to be done. We finally got them in the right place.

“I think our players were really mentally tough to go through it, not getting frustrated and showing a lot of courage. We got it worked out.

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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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