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May 24, 2013

Still on the bubble?

NORMAN — OU has the pressure of trying to secure an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament if it comes up short of winning the Big 12 tournament.

Although it’s just one game in pool play, the Sooners did move up three spots Thursday to No. 48 in the Ratings Percentage Index.

“I thought today was going to be real important because we had the third-best RPI. We had a good RPI and an RPI that’s deserving of getting into the tournament based on our league. Baylor had the next-best RPI,” Golloway said. “I thought that’s why it was important even thought West Virginia tied with us for third place. I thought the placing was important and I thought the RPI was important, too.”

Hindsight: OU catcher Anthony Hermelyn called the pitches for the second straight game. As long as OU keeps winning, it will stay that way.

“I grew up wanting to be a catcher. Big league catchers call their own games, so it’s definitely a great aspect to the game as far as being a catcher,” Hermelyn said. “It’s the conviction pitchers have whenever they trust whatever you put down. They know it’s their pitch and they execute their pitch.”

Golloway said the point of giving Hermelyn and the pitchers the responsibility of calling the game is to make them more invested. It’s working.

“They’re pitching and catching with courage and I wish we would have done it earlier. If I was smarter, we wouldn’t even be worrying about the bubble and that stuff,” he said. “The ability to do it is what makes it amazing and that’s why I wanted him in there. Jon would be the first to tell you that gives him tremendous confidence.

“They have ownership and that’s the biggest thing. When the players have ownership of their at-bat and they have ownership of their pitch and calling their pitch and blocking it, they seem to play better.”

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