No. 10 OU (31-13) at Arkansas Little Rock (16-26)
Wednesday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
Little Rock, Ark. | Dickey Stephens Park
Sooner Sports Network | KREF 1400 AM
There has been much made of the course in which this season has taken for Oklahoma's baseball team. The Sooners raced to a fast start and were literally games away from being crowned as the number one team in the nation. Since then, there season has been a bit mediocre with flashes of greatness splashed in here and there. Wins over TCU seem to be drowned out a bit by losses to programs like Dallas Baptist and the 10-9 conference record isn't where anyone thought they'd be. However, fans expectations hardly ever define a team.
Many have said (including head coach Sunny Galloway) that this team is still on pace with where last year's team was. The question is does that make the situation better or worse? The 2010 team was never expected to reach the College World Series and the fan base was elated with that accomplishment. The 2011 team had high expectations from the very beginning and now fans may be seeing some of those team goals slipping away frustration seems to be settling in a bit.
The good news for Oklahoma is that even though the regular season conference championship may be slipping out of reach the six conference games the Sooner have left against Kansas and Baylor could serve to place Oklahoma in good position heading into the Big 12 Baseball Tournament at the end of the month. With the format switching back to a double elimination style play the sky is the limit once again for this Oklahoma team if they can manage to turn things around a bit. The clock is ticking though and that turn around must begin tonight against the University of Arkansas Little Rock.