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April 8, 2014

Sooners findingconfidence in the batter’s box

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Hughes thought OU did in the last weekend’s three-game series. OU’s bullpen put together another dominant performance in the series. The group threw 111⁄3 innings and didn’t allow a run.

OU’s defense also improved, but it was hard to tell from the raw statistics. It committed five errors in the series, running the season total to a Big 12 Conference-worst 56 this season.

Nevertheless, Game 3 of the series was a 4-3 victory in which the Sooners played error free.

“I thought it was a good weekend in that we won three games, our defense got a little bit better and we got our bats back on track,” Hughes said.

Retaining that momentum is important this week. The Sooners could pay a price in terms of an NCAA tournament seed or with an at-large bid if they were to be swept by the Golden Eagles.

Texas (26-7, 6-3 Big 12) comes to L. Dale Mitchell Park for the start of a three-game set on Friday. The series will feature the two teams atop the Big 12 standings.

The team that emerged from last weekend’s series against Cal State Bakersfield has a lot better chance of stringing some wins together than the one that entered it.

John Shinn

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jshinn@normantranscript.com

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