Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway loosened the reins on his team prior to the Big 12 tournament. It’s clearly worked. The Sooners enter the NCAA tournament’s Blacksburg (Va.) regional with a five-game winning streak and they have not trailed a game in the last 45 innings.

Golloway said nothing will change when OU faces Coastal Carolina at noon Friday in the first round.

“We’ll make the decisions about who should be on the mound at a particular time and we’ll make the decision about when we should hit-and-run, bunt and steal. Other than that, it’s their game,” Golloway said. “Since we’ve done that, our players have really taken ownership — even the young guys. They have a sense of ownership about them and they’re playing inspired. They’re inspiring each other and their community has inspired them. "

The Sooners left for Blacksburg, Va., Wednesday, held their first practice at English Field in Blacksburg Thursday. They believe they’ve become a different team over the last four games.

“I think we’re starting to click, starting to work as a team a little more,” said first baseman Matt Oberste, who drove in seven runs in the Big 12 tournament. “It’s not about ourselves anymore; it’s about the whole team. I think we’ll be ready to go once we get to Virginia.”

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