Oklahoma's baseball season essentially seemed to be over on May 6th when they dropped the rubber match of the Bedlam series 3-2. However, instead of raising the white flag of surrender the Sooners responded by winning eight of their final eleven games, including a three-game sweep over then second ranked Baylor and a run to the championship game of the Big XII Tournament.
Now the Sooners are rolling into Charlottesville full of energy and possibly playing their best baseball of the season.
Max White leads the team with a .356 batting average and 54 RBI. He's one of two players on the roster batting over .300 with Matt Oberste being the other. Oberste is batting .311 with 5 home runs and 16 RBI. He was insane in the Big XII Tournament with multiple home runs and could be just the spark the Sooners need from the plate as the head into the NCAA Tournament. Erik Ross, Evan Mistich, Cody Reine, Jack Mayfield and Caleb Bushyhead are all capable of delivering in the clutch and Mayfield is an absolute vacuum at second base.
2012 NCAA Charlottesville Regional Schedule (all times Eastern)
Friday, June 1
Game 1 - No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 4 Army, 4 p.m.
Game 2 - No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Appalachian State, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 2
Game 3 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1 p.m.
Game 4 - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 3
Game 5 - Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m.
Game 6 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m.
Monday, June 4
Game 7 - Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6 (if necessary), 6 p.m.
Oklahoma's starting pitching has been outstanding as of late. Jordan John is working with a 2.30 ERA and an 8-6 record. His 109.2 innings pitched is the most on the team. Dillon Overton has thrown 108.1 innings this season, producing 109 strike outs and a 5-3 record with a 3.24 ERA. Jonathan Gray has an 8-4 record and has started a team high 16 games. He has a 3.47 ERA and has 90 strike outs on the season.
Coming out of the bullpen the Sooners have turned to Steven Okert who has become one of the best relied pitchers in the nation. He has thrown 77 innings, over the course of his team high 27 appearances, with 71 strike outs and a 2.92 ERA.
The Sooners finished 13-10 in Big XII play and 38-22 overall. However, they are 11-12 away from Norman.