Baseball Season Preview: Part III

NORMAN, Okla. – The next part of the series is in, and here are three non-conference games/series in Norman that all fans should make an attempt to be at.

1. Oklahoma State (April 5): The Sooners and Cowboys are in the second year of picking up an old tradition the two teams used to do in the past by playing each other as non-conference warm-up games. They played an exciting game last year in Stillwater that ended in a Cowboy victory, so you know OU is looking for a little revenge in its home park despite winning last year's conference series. Come on, it's Bedlam, and if it's anything like last year's game or the previous football matchup, you know it'll be a good one. So pack the park.

2. Dallas Baptist (April 19): The Patriots are usually one of the best small-school baseball teams year in and year out, so head coach Sunny Golloway sees the importance of putting them on the Sooners' schedule. OU has defeated Dallas Baptist in each of its last five meetings, with its last loss coming in 2006. This game will not make or break the Sooners' season, but it will benefit OU if it wins.

3. New Mexico (May 13-15): This four-game series is awkwardly placed during the weekend before OU's final conference series, but it makes sense because otherwise the Sooners would have an off weekend when the team needs to be playing its best ball. Sometimes breaks are good to recover and recuperate, but Golloway wants to keep his players on the diamond to keep them sharp during the season's final stretch. Also, the placement will help make or break the Sooners' chances of hosting a Regional and/or Super Regional. New Mexico made the NCAA tournament last year, and if OU can sweep or win three of those four games, its RPI will look a lot better to the committee that selects which teams do and don't get a national seed.

NOTE: TCU is removed from this list because that non-conference home game is on another list, so stay tuned.

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