Bedlam Baseball Preview: Dillon Overton Returns To The Mound

Oklahoma State is hoping to make a push towards the top of the conference this weekend, while the Sooners are looking to maintain at least a share of the lead in the Big 12 standings. OU will get at least get boost from the return of Dillon Overton to he mound.

Game 1

Friday, May 10, 7 p.m. CT | ESPNU

Game 2

Saturday, May 11, 2 p.m. CT | FSN

Game 3

Sunday, May 12, 1 p.m. CT | FS Southwest Plus

Location

Game 1: Tulsa, Okla. | ONEOK Field
Game 2 & 3: Oklahoma City | Bricktown Ballpark

Radio

Sooner Sports Network

Its a welcome bit of news for the Sooners, who have been sliding in recently. Dating back to April 28th, Oklahoma has lost four of their last five games, including two games in last weekend's series at West Virginia. The slide has dropped them into a three-way tie with Kansas State and the Mountaineers for the conference lead. Every game has supreme significance from here out, which is why the news of Overton's return was so vital.

Big 12 Baseball Standings

Big 12

Pct

Streak

Overall

Pct

Streak

Oklahoma

11-7

.611

L2

34-14

.708

L2

Kansas State

11-7

.611

W1

34-15

.694

W1

West Virginia

11-7

.611

W2

29-20

.592

W2

Kansas

12-9

.571

W3

31-18

.633

W6

Baylor

11-9

.550

L3

25-23

.521

L3

Oklahoma State

9-8

.529

W2

34-12

.739

W2

TCU

8-10

.444

W1

23-24

.489

W1

Texas Tech

7-14

.333

L2

23-26

.469

W1

Texas

6-15

.286

L1

24-22

.522

L1

With an 8-2 season record, Overton is tied with teammate Jonathan Gray and Oklahoma State's Vince Wheeland for the most wins in the conference. He's fanned 66 batters this season, while only allowing 16 batters to reach on walks, and has earned a 2.52 ERA. For most of the season he has worked in tandem with Gray to produce one of the best pitching duos in the country. Gray leads the Big 12 in strikeouts at 104 and has an ERA of just 1.20 to go along with his 8-1 season record. Head coach Sunny Golloway hinted earlier in the week that he may switch the rotation with Gray going on Saturday and Overton on Sunday. That leaves a mystery pitcher for tonight's game.

The Cowboys are hoping to make a push in the conference standings to make things tighter in the next to last weekend of conference play. With a team batting average of .292, OSU is third in the conference in putting the ball in play. Tanne Krietemeier leads the Pokes with a .348 average. He has 36 RBI and 3 home runs on the season. His 63 hits this season are the fifth most in the conference and his 36 runs scored ranks him at 8th in the Big 12.

Zach Fish has left the yard seven times this season for OSU. He's also hit sixteen doubles and knocked in 39 RBI. Randy McCurry has also shown a knack for putting the ball in play this season and he has 15 doubles to show for it.

From the mound, Oklahoma State will come at the Sooners with aces Vince Wheeland and Jason Hursh. Wheeland is averaging 8.11 strikeouts per game and Hursh is averaging 7.13 Ks per appearance. They'll be going against a Sooner lineup that is batting .293 on the season. Led by Matt Oberste's .425 average, Oklahoma has the second highest percentage in the conference. Oberste leads the Big 12 in home runs (10), hits (79), doubles (18), RBI (50) and total bases (135). He literally is a one man wrecking crew but OU will need to give him some assistance this weekend by getting runners on base as well as scoring position.

Jack Mayfield is tied for the conference lead in runs scored, with a total of 44 this season, and he's second on the team in home runs with six. He'll need to play a huge role in the final Bedlam series of his Sooner career by giving Oklahoma a second big stick who can deliver in the clutch.

First pitch in Game 1 is scheduled for 7:00 tonight.

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