Two and out: OU eliminated from Big 12 tourney

Oklahoma's Kody Kaiser slides safely into home during during the Sooners' 6-3 loss to Nebraska. The back-to-back losses marks the first time in the school's history that they have been eliminated in their first two games of the Big 12 Tournament. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Top-seeded Nebraska eliminated Oklahoma from the Big 12 Tournament with a 6-3 win Thursday in Oklahoma City.

The Cornhuskers jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the top of the fifth inning, but the Sooners responded and tied the game in the bottom of the inning with RBI singles by Chuckie Caufield and Freddy Rodriguez.

However, the 'Huskers scored two more in the top of the sixth and All-American candidate Alex Gordon homered in the seventh to push the lead to 6-3.

The Sooners tried to rally again in the ninth getting two runners on with one out, but Kody Kaiser filed out and Rodriguez grouned out to end the game.

Garrett Patterson took the loss (8-2) for OU after giving up four earned runs and seven hits in five innings. Nebraska starter Joba Chamberlain was more than solid for the Huskers giving up just three runs in eight innings.

"Today was a tail of Chamberlain," said OU interim head coach Sunny Golloway, whose team became the first to lose their opening two games in the Big 12 Tournament. "He hit his spots very well. We tip our cap to him."

The question now is did the Huskers end OU's season?

OU (33-24) came into this week's Big 12 Tournament on the bubble for a potential NCAA Tournament bid, but back-to-back losses Wednesday and Thursday could be the knockout punch in a frustrating season.

Golloway, however, says his team should be in.

"I trust that the committee will do what they think is best. I think we deserve to get in since we have worked hard, but I know that there are other schools that have done the same."

For now, all Golloway and the Sooners can do is wait for the NCAA Tournament pairings to be at 10:30 a.m. Monday morning on ESPN2.

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