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May 21, 2013

Key factors have left Sooners’ NCAA hopes in serious jeopardy

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Also, OU won its first series against Texas this year, but the 1-0 loss to the Longhorns April 6 was a game that got away.

 

Too many zeroes: Scoring runs has been an issue in certain games but the 5.5 runs per game average isn’t what has killed the Sooners. In the 19 games since the Baylor series, the Sooners scored runs in. However, they scored runs in just 52 of the last 164 innings. Eliminate the New Orleans series where OU had 38 runs and OU had one game — April 26 against Texas Tech — where it scored in at least four innings in a game.

Why is that important? The Sooners’ offensive philosophy is built on applying constant pressure.

“We don’t have the ability to come from behind like we have in the past,” Golloway said. “We need to be able to execute hit-and-runs because we do have some speed. We can’t sit there and bang it, so we’re better at putting pressure on the defense if the games are close.”

The goal is to score one run an inning. It’s unrealistic, but OU allowed opposing pitchers to settle in and opponents to become comfortable because it would go four, five, six innings without scoring a run.

 

Overton’s injury: An elbow injury that knocked Dillon Overton out of the rotation for just two weeks. However, the left-hander hasn’t been dominant since a 3-1 victory against the Bears April 13.

In his three appearances since, he’s allowed 10 runs over 10 2-3 innings. He’s allowed 17 hits, but struck out just 10. He hasn’t been the dominant pitcher he was last season or in the first half of the season.

 

The lack of a fourth starter hurt: This problem wasn’t around in the first half of the season. Freshman Ralph Garza Jr., Corey Copping and Adam Choplick all had quality starts in midweek games in February and March.

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