The Norman Transcript

February 22, 2013

Sooners have to cut down on errors

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Winning is the ultimate goal and you won’t hear Oklahoma complaining about its 6-0 start to the baseball season.

However, there’s one issue it knows it has to clean up, quickly.

The Sooners have won those six games despite committing 16 errors. Those are just the ones that officially go in the scorebook. Add in the ones on the base paths, missed signs and the failures to advance runners and it becomes easier to see that OU is far from a finished product.

“We are just a shell of what we can become,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said after Tuesday night’s doubleheader sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. “This club has a chance to be very special.”

That could be the case, but the one trait all “special” teams share is they don’t beat themselves.

The Sooners’ pitching and some clutch hitting have prevented it thus far. The challenge, however, will be upped when OU opens play in the 2013 Kleberg Bank College Classic at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The Sooners face Iowa (1-2) at 2 p.m. today. On Saturday, they’ll face the host school, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and wrap it with at 9:30 a.m., Sunday game against New Mexico.

The first road trip of the year is an opportunity to clean up some things.

That goes for shortstop Jack Mayfield, who has committed a team-high five of those errors.

“I think it’s just a little in my mind. It seems to be playing some games with me,” Mayfield. “That’s why we have practice, so I can keep working on it. I’m really looking forward to this weekend to get back out there.”

The second game of OU’s sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff marked the first time this season it didn’t commit an error, one reason OU cruised to an 11-1 victory.

Golloway believes most teams elevate their play after the first week of the season. Perhaps that second game on Tuesday was just that.

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