Cochell says Sooners won't quit

Sooners fall to A&M, 11-2, in Big 12 opener; Will face Oklahoma State in an elimination game Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Larry Cochell had every reason to be down after his Sooners' were knocked into the loser's bracket by Texas A&M in the first round of the Big 12 Baseball Tournament Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

But despite the loss, and the fact that Oklahoma's season could be over Thursday without an NCAA tournament bid for the second straight season, Cochell says his team isn't going to quit now.

"I guarantee you one thing — this team won't quit," said Cochell, following Oklahoma's 11-2 loss to Texas A&M. "They'll show up and play hard tomorrow. This has been a great team because they never quit going through an 10 game losing streak."

"This team has never disappointed me — even when they lost with their effort," Cochell continued. "Even today, when we got the bases loaded in the ninth and were so far behind, I promise you when I looked down the dugout each guy thought we were going to come back and win that game."

Oklahoma dug themselves a hole early that they could never overcome as the Aggies tagged OU starter Mark Roberts for nine hits and nine runs (six earned) in the first four innings.

"This was one of the most disappointing losses because we just didn't make big plays," Cochell said. "If you're going to win games like this you have to get good pitching and make plays. I don't think Mark pitched as bad as it looked, but our defense certainly didn't help him out."

"We could have made more plays that would've certainly helped Mark," continued Cochell. "It got him out of his rhythm and he was never able to settle down. And then early in the game we missed a couple of opportunities for double plays."

The Sooners now face an elimination game Thursday morning against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were bounced to the loser's bracket by Texas, 10-7, in the first game of the day on Wednesday.

Sophomore David Purcey is scheduled to start for Oklahoma. The first pitch is set for 10 a.m. at the SBC Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

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