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May 3, 2013

Sooners have to get ship righted against Mountaineers

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NORMAN —

The other aspect to the Mountaineers’ success has been playing well, or at least close to it.

The Mountaineers are building a new ballpark in Morgantown that will open next year. They’ve been playing their Big 12 Conference home series at different minor league parks throughout the state.

Nonetheless, the Mountaineers are 12-2 in those games.

“Everyone traveling there seems to have had a difficult time. For whatever reasons, teams have had a difficult time going in there and winning ball games,” Golloway said. “We don’t plan on going in there and having a difficult time.”

The degree of difficulty getting there isn’t factored into the outcome. The Sooners have to win to maintain their minimal edge in the Big 12 standings.

The point Golloway has been getting across to his team is that despite being ranked in the top 13 of four major college baseball polls, its postseason foundation is still shaky.

The Big 12’s status as a power league is gone. Therefore, winning it is about the only way to guarantee an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

“I don’t know if that’s actually the problem,” outfielder Max White said. “It has been in the past. I remember going 16-0 my sophomore year and guys did start getting big heads. This is a good club with a good head on its shoulders.”

The latter attitude will be needed this weekend. These three games at West Virginia are going to have huge implications on the conference race and the postseason.

John Shinn

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