OU Baseball Defeats Texas Tech 8-2, Wins First Big 12 Series Of The Season

To say Sunday's win, which gave the Sooners their first conference series win on the season, was big would be a massive understatement. Especially when you consider how down this team had to have been following the series opening loss Friday night in which they were dominated by Tech starter Duke von Schamann. At that point, the Sooners were 0-4 in conference play and had looked pretty miserable in achieving their less than stellar record. It would have been very easy for this team to sulk into Saturday night's game, get behind early, and lose both the game and the series. Fortunately for everyone involved, fans included, that did not happen and you have to credit both the team and the coaches for not allowing that to happen.

While winning the series, on the road mind you, was great it's not as if this team has resolved all its issues. Sunday was really the only day the bullpen was needed, after Golloway left his starters in the previous two games to throw 124 and 126 pitches respectively, and it was terrific. But the previous two games and the alarmingly high pitch counts for the starters is a sign that Golloway did not have much confidence in his pen. Maybe that changes in the weeks to come, but as of now you still have to consider it to be a liability.

The offense was also better this weekend, but this team going forward will have to capitalize on any scoring chance they get as they are definitely a club full of power hitters. When they get runners in scoring position, and much to the chagrin of many bunting will probably be a big part of making that happen, they need to get those clutch hits to drive them in because they don't get a ton of scoring chances. They did this against Texas Tech and when they do this they can beat any team in this league.

The Sooners return to action Tuesday, for the first of four straight home games, in a one game set with Oral Roberts. Following Tuesday, Kansas State will be coming to town for a three game series starting Friday night at 6:30 p.m. CST.

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