OU baseball: Sunny Golloway performs face-lift on Sooners' lineup, rotation

After his Sooners were swept by Texas, coach Sunny Golloway made a variety of changes that have gotten good results so far.
by John Helsley Published: March 29, 2012
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Golloway even changed base coaches, moving Rich Hills from the first base box to third and inserting former pitcher Michael Rocha on the first-base line.

And that all happened within the span of a week.

It wasn't an immediate success, as the Sooners dropped last weekend's series opener at Texas Tech.

Enter Golloway the motivator.

“When we lost Friday, I cannot put into words what it felt like being the University of Oklahoma, being down four games in the Big 12 and not having a win,” Golloway said. “We had a gorilla on our shoulders.

“We had to fix some things. We had to make some changes. We had to really just kind of jump-start our whole selves again.”

There was an hourlong senior meeting. Golloway and his staff met for two hours. And shortstop Caleb Bushyhead led a player-only meeting.

The Sooners spun out of their funk with a win Saturday, claimed the series Sunday and carry a three-game winning streak into this weekend's home series with Kansas State.

Modest, sure.

Yet a start.

“Baseball is a better coach than I'll ever pretend to be,” said Golloway. “The game teaches us more than anything. You hear the term all the time, you manage with your gut, you make decisions with your gut.

“We're much different than we were early in the year. It's fun to go to the yard.”

Coming up for OSU and OU

Cowboys

Friday: at Baylor, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: at Baylor, 3 p.m.

Sunday: at Baylor, 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Wichita State, 6:30 p.m.

April 6: Kansas, 6:30 p.m.

April 7: Kansas, 2 p.m.

April 8: Kansas, 1 p.m.

Sooners

Friday: Kansas State, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday: Kansas State, 2 p.m.

Sunday: Kansas State, 1 p.m.

Thursday: at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.

April 6: at Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.

April 7: at Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m.

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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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