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.
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→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.