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February 15, 2013

For Sooners to reach goal, offense has to match defense

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NORMAN —

“He’s running around with a smile on his face because he knows he’s gonna be in the lineup. We’re working him at first base. He’s finally got his arm healthy,” Golloway said.

But the Sooners are not built to rely on three-run homers; they’re built to scratch out runs and put constant pressure on opposing pitching staffs and defenses.

“The goal is to score at least one run every inning,” White said. “It’s comforting to know we have a pitching staff that can put up zeros every inning, but we have to figure out how to scratch out those runs every game.”

The Sooners open the 2013 season with the first of four games against Hofstra at 3 p.m. today at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Other than third baseman Garrett Cary and catcher Dylan Neal, the Sooners are going to rely on a plethora of newcomers to produce those runs.

Golloway said it has been a struggle getting it to click over the last month. Some of that credit should go to the Sooners’ pitching staff.

“Things haven’t gone, offensively, the way we want so far, so I don’t know that we’ve bought into it. We haven’t proven that they have,” he said. “Until they prove it, they haven’t.”

The Sooners will get their first chance to demonstrate the ability to their coach starting today.

They must at some point. Last season showed that pitching and defense can take teams a long way. The ability to consistently score runs, however, cannot be masked.

John Shinn

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