Why the Weekend Wasn't All Bad

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners came up emptier than they wanted to this weekend--some of it was due to bad weather--as they split just a pair of games with the Big 12 preseason last place-predicted Missouri Tigers before defeating NAIA St. Gregory's 21-3 Sunday in a game scheduled at the last minute, but there certainly were some positives out of this weekend.

1. They ultimately got back to their winning ways--Although OU would have preferred to sweep the two-game series against Missouri that was shortened from three due to a snowstorm, it did go 2-1 over the weekend. It wasn't against the best talent and certainly wasn't the prettiest ball the Sooners have played this year, but after going 1-5 in their previous six, OU posted a pair of victories in three games. Wins are wins, and especially for a team that was struggling so much after starting 16-0, a 2-1 weekend is a plus.

2. The bats woke up in the finale--The Sooners managed just four runs on 14 hits in their pair of games against Mizzou, but they exploded for 21 runs on 22 hits in Sunday's win. Consider OU failed to score 21 runs over their previous nine games combined when they struggled to a 3-6 mark. This time, however, it was different. And it was a welcome return for a team that's about to head to Fayetteville, Ark., for a huge non-conference matchup with the Arkansas Razorbacks on Tuesday.

3. Pitcher Michael Rocha continued his dominance in 2011--With his most recent performance that included just one earned run over eight-plus innings Friday night, Rocha raised his record to 6-0 on the season. He has managed a ridiculous 0.96 ERA over 46 2/3 innings and has fanned 42 batters in that six-game stretch. Rocha is showing time and time again that he's virtually a lock for a win in the series opener.

Post-weekend wrap-up interviews:

Head coach Sunny Golloway Part II:

Center fielder Chris Ellison:

Catcher Tyler Ogle:

--Videos shot by contributing writer Jono Greco

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