Lucky for the Sooners, Norman happened to be on the way home. The Buecheles stopped by the OU baseball offices and talked to Golloway. After a season in redshirt, OU had an everyday third baseman.
Buechele will bring a .352 batting average and 36 RBIs into this weekend’s series against Texas A&M.; There hasn’t been a new player in the lineup who’s made a bigger impact than Buechele. He’s started every game and made only six errors.
“He’s been very consistent,” OU first baseman Aaron Baker said. “He’s been a great guy for us because his attitude is so good. He’s helped us a lot.”
Golloway still kicks himself for not giving Buechele a shot last season. But the player, in retrospect, sees why he needed a season to adjust to the college game.
He was just 17 when he graduated from high school and another year of maturing physically helped. Mentally, however, OU’s coaches saw what they needed to see.
“He knew you needed to get here early and he knows there’s days when you need to stay late,” OU assistant coach Tim Tadlock said. “There’s no doubt he has a very good understanding of the game.”
Making adjustments in baseball is a constant necessity. After just about every game, the third baseman is on the phone with his father. Steve is managing the Rangers’ Class A team in Bakersfield, Calif., but he watches most Sooner games on the Internet. Pointers are given and more knowledge is absorbed.
When it comes to baseball, Buechele can’t wait, for class is always in session.