Big win for Oklahoma over Wichita State Wednesday night. Big not so much in the way of immediate impact — the Shockers are shockingly down — but big in a big-picture sense. The Sooners are in play for hosting postseason games, regional and perhaps even super regional rounds. And every win counts. There’s much to be done before No. 13 OU gets the OK to print NCAA Tournament tickets. But to remain in the mix to host June baseball at Mitchell Park, making the most of mid-week matchups can be critical. Wednesday’s win pushed the Sooners’ record in mid-week games to 11-1, including two wins over TCU, a team ranked in all four polls. Another major opportunity comes Tuesday, when OU visits No. 12 Arkansas. "We’ve played well in these games,” said Sooners coach Sunny Golloway. "It’s given us confidence going in (to the weekends). We need to see if this can carry over.” That’s the next step, particularly after the Sooners were swept last weekend at Texas. They’re not the first good club to stumble in Austin, where a real home-field advantage exists both in a rowdy crowd and a quirky park. And this Longhorns squad has established itself as the class of the Big 12, which again carries a hefty reputation nationally. Because of that rep, the Big 12 figures to land at least two regional sites. Texas, barring a collapse, gets one. After the ’Horns, OU, Texas A&M and Baylor are all positioning themselves for the right to open the postseason at home, from where the Road to Omaha runs much smoother. The Sooners still dictate their own path. They’re at Baylor this weekend and close the conference schedule at home against A&M, with series against Kansas and Oklahoma State wedged in between. The path could become much clearer by Sunday evening. "It’s a huge weekend,” Golloway admitted. "Every Big 12 weekend is huge and we understand that. But coming off a weekend where you haven’t played well or didn’t have success, I think you put a little more emphasis on it.”
→Today: at Baylor, 6:30 p.m. →Saturday: at Baylor, 1 p.m. (TV: FSN) →Sunday: at Baylor, 1:30 p.m. →Tuesday: at Arkansas, 6:30 p.m. OSU
→Today: at Texas A&M, 6:35 p.m. →Saturday: at Texas A&M, 2:05 p.m. →Sunday: at Texas A&M, 1:05 p.m. →Tuesday: Texas-Arlington, 6:30 p.m. →Wednesday: Bacone, 4 p.m.
Postcard: Clinton McKeever, 1B/RHP, Wichita State
A former Westmoore standout, McKeever had a heavy hand in the Shockers’ run to the regional championship at Oklahoma State last June. While WSU is scuffling a bit this season, McKeever continues to mash in the middle of the lineup. He’s batting .351 with five home runs and a team-high 35 RBIs.