OKLAHOMA CITY - Most around the Big 12 felt West Virginia was the hottest team in the conference and among the hottest in the nation heading into the Big 12 tournament.
Oklahoma would certainly agree. For the second time in four days, the Sooners simply had no answers in an 11-1 loss (7 innings) to the Mountaineers on Saturday morning at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Even if OU would have won Saturday morning, the Sooners would have had to regroup and defeat the Mountaineers once again Saturday afternoon to advance to Sunday’s Big 12 championship game.
OU’s bats were silenced in a 6-0 loss Wednesday to open the tournament but came alive in scoring 30 combined runs in wins in elimination games against Kansas State (13-7) and Texas Tech (17-4).
The second inning told the story Saturday. OU was able to earn a 1-0 advantage on an RBI single by freshman Steele Walker in the bottom of the first inning.
West Virginia plated three runs in the top of the second, but the Sooners were able to load the bases in the bottom of the inning. Ben Hollas had a good crack at it but flied out at the warning track to end the inning.
It seemed to deflate the Sooners the rest of the ballgame as OU only had one more hit in the final five innings.
And playing for a fourth straight day, OU had no more arms to use. The Sooners close out the season at 30-27-1, and a lot of questions will be swirling around whether or not Pete Hughes will be back in the OU dugout next season.