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OU baseball: Sooners sweep doubleheader vs. No. 2 Baylor

OKLAHOMA BASEBALL -- The OU baseball team needed some weekend success to bolster its hope of making the NCAA Tournament. It got just that, as the Sooners took both games of a doubleheader from No. 2 Baylor.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Published: May 12, 2012

Entering their final Big 12 weekend, the Sooners fully acknowledged the pressure of their situation.

And owned it.

Oklahoma ended No. 2-ranked Baylor's unbeaten Big 12 winning streak, rejuvenating its postseason hopes in the process, sweeping a Saturday doubleheader at Mitchell Park.

OU took the opener 1-0 in 10 innings, then followed with a 2-1 win in the second game, claiming the series.

Baylor, which has already clinched the Big 12 regular season championship, hadn't lost a conference game all season, rolling into Norman at 18-0 in the conference and 39-8 overall.

The Sooners, meanwhile, were coming off a Bedlam series loss that spurred serious talk about a lack of substance in an NCAA Tournament résumé.

Saturday's sweep put a fresh spin on the chatter.

“This game, it was huge for our season,” said OU left fielder Erik Ross, who delivered the game-winning hit in Game 1. “Hopefully it made a statement in some other people's eyes. Hopefully our RPI will jump up.

“And maybe we can finish it off right (Sunday).”

The Sooners improved to 32-19 overall and 12-10 in the Big 12, assuring themselves of a winning league record. More than that, they secured two quality wins, something that had been lacking much of this season, with just three wins in 15 games against teams in the top 50 of the RPI before Saturday.

“It's the body of work,” said Sooners coach Sunny Golloway. “We played a tough schedule. And our RPI has a chance to improve and improve drastically.

“It's all about the RPI. It's going to be goofy. If we can come out and find victory tomorrow, and win Tuesday (against TCU), by Wednesday you might look at our RPI and it might be second or third best in the league, but we might still be sitting in fifth place.”

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