OU baseball: Sooners win first Big 12 tourney title since 1997

OU got out front early, with three runs in the first inning, and cruised to an easy 7-2 win over Kansas on Sunday afternoon in Bricktown, securing the program's first Big 12 tournament title since 1997.
by John Helsley Modified: May 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm •  Published: May 26, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma celebrates the 7-2 win over Kansas in the Big 12 Championship baseball game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at the Chickasaw Bircktown Ballpark on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma celebrates the 7-2 win over Kansas in the Big 12 Championship baseball game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at the Chickasaw Bircktown Ballpark on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

OU’s regional destination will be revealed Monday, when the 64-team bracket is revealed. ESPNU will televise the Road to Omaha Selection Show at 11 a.m.

Jacob Evans gave the Sooners five strong relief innings on the mound, and Matt Oberste drove in four runs, including a two-run, homer in the third that built a 5-1 lead.

That was more than enough, with Evans leading a three-pronged OU shutdown effort on the mound.

Ethan Carnes started and went 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run. Kyle Hayes secured the final five outs for the save.

In between, Evans carried five critical innings, after a rough relief outing against Kansas State on Saturday.

“When I came out yesterday, Coach Golloway told me to get my head straight, because we’re going to need me (Sunday),” Evans said. “I learned a lot about myself today. I struggled a little earlier. I just had confidence in my coaches and learned a lot about myself.”

And the Sooners learned how to dogpile, something that might have seemed unlikely as recent as a week ago, when they stumbled into the Big 12 Tournament having lost nine of their last 12 games.

“We’ve been together all year,” Oberste said. “We’re a great team. We’ve got great defense. We’ve got good pitching. We’ve got good at-bats. “These last few weeks, our bats have been struggling, but we’ve been able to figure it out and we came out on top.”

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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