BATON ROUGE, La. —
The poise the Sooners have to build is to play in March, April and May in the same manner it did in winning the Big 12 tournament and the NCAA tournament Blacksburg Regional.
“I feel we really didn’t lose a chance to get to Omaha this weekend,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “I feel like we lost it when we lost those midweek games to Dallas Baptist, Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas-Arlington. If we’d won those five games, I don’t know if we would have been a national seed, but we probably could’ve hosted a regional and maybe we don’t get matched up with a team like LSU.”
It’s the second straight year OU received a first-hand lesson in how tough it is to earn a College World Series berth by beating an SEC team in its own ballpark.
Back in 2012, South Carolina communicated the exact same thing to OU.
Both Sooner teams shared a lot of the same players and, unfortunately, the same characteristics. In 2012, OU had to win a regional on the road and then ran into a buzz saw in the super regional series.
The Sooners had five first-year players in its lineup Saturday night, including four freshmen. They will have the same opportunities that OU’s last two teams had.
Advancing in the College World Series takes some breaks, but playing at home makes things a lot easier. You have to earn that right throughout the regular season.
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