Baseball Postseason Breakdown Series: Day VI

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated now presents the sixth part of the seven-day series with the positives and negatives of this year.

The positives:

The Sooners recorded their fourth straight 40-win season—Head coach Sunny Golloway and his club has now done it every year for another year since 2009. The Sooners finished 42-25 and closed the season by winning 24 of their final 35 games after starting 18-14. Amidst that finish, the Sooners went from a 4-8 start in Big 12 Conference play to 13-10 at the end of the year.

They handed Golloway his 300th career victory—OU's 2-1 elimination game triumph against Army in extras became a very special one for the Sooner program as the Sooner skipper picked up a milestone victory. Golloway, who became the second quickest coach to reach the win total with just 458 attempts, trails just Enos Semore, who did so in 413 outings. He's now got 303 wins heading into 2013.

OU won the Charlottesville Regional and advanced to the Super Regional round—Not too many people saw this coming, and no one really saw it coming the way that it did. After dropping its first game in a 5-4 decision to Appalachian State, the Sooners bounced back with four consecutive victories in two days, knocking off Army 2-1 in 10 innings before bouncing top-seeded Virginia 5-4 and ousting Appalachian State after two victories, 14-6 and 5-2 in games one and two, respectively. That moved OU on to Super Regionals where it had a date with No. 8 national seed South Carolina.

The negatives:

Sooners finished two wins short of returning to Omaha—With less expectations than last year, the Sooners went farther. As previously mentioned, they took the Charlottesville Regional and headed for a rematch of the 2010 College World Series in the Super Regional round against South Carolina in Columbia. But the Gamecocks kept their NCAA record 21-game winning streak intact with a pair of victories, 5-0 and 5-1, over the Sooners and eliminated them from potential CWS contention.

They were swept by Texas—Not only did they lose their 14th consecutive season series to Red River rival Texas, but they were wiped in three games. And the Longhorns did so in Norman with 7-6, 9-5 and 9-4 decisions in games one, two and three, respectively. OU still hasn't won a series against Texas since 1998, and considering the lack of success by this Texas team, 2012 might have been OU's best chance in many recent years.

OU narrowly missed out on a Big 12 Championship—Just as OU's last series victory against Texas came in the 90's, so too did OU's last Big 12 Tournament Championship. It had its chance to do so after defeating Oklahoma State and Baylor twice, but the Missouri Tigers prevented that opportunity in the Big 12 title game. The Sooners stormed all the way back from a 7-2 deficit but eventually fell 8-7 to the Tigers in their final Big 12 game.

Stay tuned for the final version of the postseason breakdown series tomorrow.

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