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May 16, 2013

Midweek struggles linked to lack of pitching depth



OU showed it cannot.

“Other than Jake Fisher, who has come on lately on the back end, we haven’t done a good job of getting another guy going,” Golloway said. “We’ve done a really poor job of getting another guy going.”

It’s not surprising the last time OU won a midweek game — March 26 — it was greatly aided by a complete-game performance by freshman right-hander Ralph Garza Jr. Garza became a stalwart in the weekend bullpen after the performance. The Sooners needed him there as the set-up guy to get to closer Jacob Evans.

No one, however, stepped up to fill the void during the non-conference games.

The Sooners won’t have to play another midweek game this season. Their pitching staff is at full capacity for the Kansas State series. If they win it, it will put the Sooners back inside the NCAA tournament bubble.

But OU has to play that series with a sense of desperation. The inability to win the midweek games has the season on the brink of collapse.

“That is not typical Oklahoma baseball, but it has become a recurring theme the last two years,” Golloway said. “I’m very concerned about it — very concerned. It’s never happened before, but it has happened now. It’s happening because we’re not developing an extra third and fourth starter — we’re not doing it.”

The next time OU will need a fourth starting pitcher would be if it makes the Big 12 tournament championship game.

Perhaps, something positive will happen to the Sooners since the midweek-game fiascoes are over.

However, games like Tuesday night’s are hard to forget.

“Maybe you trick your mind,” OU shortstop Jack Mayfield said. “That was a tough loss and a tough last home game. We have to keep fighting and try and win that series — sweep that series at K-State.”

John Shinn

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