baseball-d1 flag

John Shinn | The Norman Transcript | May 5, 2015

Sooners try to build off of Bedlam win to get NCAA bid

  Sunday's win against Oklahoma State snapped the Sooners' five-game losing streak.

Early Sunday night, Oklahoma felt re-energized. It snapped a five-game losing streak and avoided being swept by Oklahoma State with Sunday's 5-3 victory.

There were reasons to feel good about the present. On Sunday, the Sooners held the Cowboys to five hits and finally came up with some critical two-out, timely hits.

"To end the losing skid for us, I mean losing five in a row is pretty tough. I think it helped us to get back on track and hopefully gain some momentum going into this next series," OU's Kolbey Carpenter said. "Hopefully we can play better these next two weekends and get some wins."

But the future OU faces -- specifically, whether it can receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament -- isn't rosy.

Sunday's win lifted the Sooners six spots in the Ratings Percentage Index -- to No. 83. Finish the conference tournament outside of the top 50 and an at-large bid is virtually impossible.

  Oklahoma has 6 conference games left.
OU coach Pete Hughes knows Sunday's win was momentous because it ended a five-game losing streak where OU had lost every way imaginable. It was during that week of games where it plummeted nearly 20 spots in the RPI.

The performance showed OU wasn't ready to check in its cleats.

"It was good that I have a group of guys that come to play and don't feel sorry for themselves or panic," Hughes said. "A lot of teams are done for Game 3, especially when there's so much emotion in a rivalry. Our guys showed up swinging. They're in the fight for the long haul here. It's nice to get out of that rut. Now we have to keep building and get on a winning streak and build on our resume."

There was a time when a top three finish in the Big 12 guaranteed an NCAA tournament bid. OU (30-21, 11-7 Big 12) occupies the No. 3 spot. It still has six conference games left. OU goes to Kansas State this weekend. League-leading TCU comes to L. Dale Mitchell Park May 14-16 to wrap up the regular season.

In between, the Sooners host Stephen F. Austin in its final non-conference game May 12.

All seven games will be vital for the Sooners. Winning both series could be enough. Losing either likely means winning the Big 12 tournament is the path to the NCAA tournament.

Players try not to think about it in those terms. Baseball seasons are arduous journeys. There are just rewards at the end for those who deserve them.

"You've just got to stay calm and relaxed and know that it's going to go your way eventually. Keep playing hard and play Oklahoma-style baseball," said catcher Anthony Hermelyn, who delivered Sunday's game-winning blow with a two-run home run. "The baseball gods will reward you."

There are seven regular-season games and a Big 12 tournament remaining to find out what OU deserves. 


Oklahoma vs. Houston: All-time series history, scores, notable games

Oklahoma and Houston will play each other in college football for the fourth time in FBS history to start off the 2019 season. Here's what you need to know about their prior matchups.

College football rankings: Here is who has been No. 1 in the AP preseason poll most often and how they finished

The 2018 defending champion Clemson Tigers were announced as preseason No. 1 in the first AP Top 25 of the new 2019 season. The last team to start and end the season at No. 1 was the 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide.

College football rankings: AP Poll preseason release date, Top 25 poll information

With the AP Top 25 preseason poll out, here is a look at some expectations for the 2019 season and the historical significance of the AP Preseason Poll.
Division I
College World Series
June 13-23/24, 2020
TD Ameritrade Park | Omaha, NE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners