OU baseball: Despite falling short of Omaha, season still a success
The OU baseball team’s season came to an end after Monday's 5-1 loss to back-to-back national champions South Carolina sent the Sooners home from the Columbia Super Regional.
The final game of the Sooners’ 2012 campaign took nearly 24 hours to complete as officials suspended play twice Sunday night because of rain. The game was finally postponed to Monday afternoon.
After dropping the first game of the best-of-three series to South Carolina on Saturday, Oklahoma came back in game two and hung tough with the defending national champs.
Both teams remained scoreless until the game was postponed in the middle of the sixth.
Upon the game’s resumption, South Carolina broke the gridlock with a two-run top of the seventh and never looked back.
The Sooners answered with an RBI single from senior first baseman Evan Mistich — OU’s only run of the series — in the bottom of the seventh to get within one, but that was the closest the Sooners would come to pulling off the upset.
However bitter the end to the Sooners’ season might taste, in retrospect, it still has to be considered a successful one.
Oklahoma had its fair share of ups and downs over the course of the season — oscillating from a championship contender to a bubble team — on its way to compiling a 42-25 record and making its third trip to a Super Regional under coach Sunny Golloway.
Keep in mind, this season’s Sooner squad was a perfect 5-0 against No. 4 Baylor, a win away from the Big 12 tournament title, a two-seed in the NCAA tournament and the Charlottesville Regional champions — all despite losing 11 players in last spring’s draft.
So while this last loss surely hurts, the Sooners should keep their chins up.
This season didn’t turn out the way OU wanted, but when it’s national-championship-or-bust, they rarely do.