BASEBALL: Bedlam Series is Key

Just less than two weeks ago, the Sooners stormed into the Top 10 after a three-game disposal of the then-No. 13 Baylor Bears in Waco, Texas.

But with a 9th inning collapse, leading to an extra inning loss against Arkansas, two losses against Kansas and a midweek setback against UT-Arlington, with victories against Kansas and Southern Utah sandwiched in between, the Sooners are in the most precarious of situations.

No, not precarious in terms of making the conference tournament.

No, not precarious in terms of making the NCAA tournament.

But precarious in terms of finishing the season out the right way.

Here's why it's so important that the Sooners take it to the Cowboys in Bedlam this weekend:

3. The obvious momentum factor:
Baseball is an interesting sport. Fanatics understand the importance of one game. Win it, and you can win a couple in a row, which may lead to five in a row, which may lead to 10 in a row. Likewise, lose one, and you can lose a couple in a row, which can lead to a string of losses. That's where the Sooners are at right now, a down stretch, having lost four their last six. In no sport is momentum more crucial than baseball. No, it's not panic time for the Sooners, but they are definitely heading into a weekend where they could turn things around. Bedlam baseball may be just what the Sooners need at this point in the season to get the momentum back.

2. Outside shot at winning the conference:
Notice the word outside. A week ago, the Sooners were a half game back from Texas A&M. Now, they find themselves two games out from Texas, a game back from Kansas State and Texas A&M, and a half game back from Missouri, as OU sits in a tie for fifth with the Kansas Jayhawks at 12-9. But who knows, with a 6-0 stretch to finish the season, should the Sooners take three from Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, they could catch the Longhorns with a little luck.

1. Hosting a regional:
This is the most important piece of the puzzle because this is the path that would most likely lead OU to Omaha. The Sooners have all it takes to get there, and with a healthy finish, they could still steal a regional in Norman. If OU could run the table from here on out, it's still possible that winning a regional could lead to hosting a super regional. But OU has to win two of three at worst this weekend in order to still have a chance at hosting anything.

GAME 1 - Friday, May 8:
First Pitch: 7:35 p.m. CST
Location: Drillers Stadium - Tulsa, Okla.
OU Starter: Andrew Doyle - RHP (6-4, 4.19)
OSU Starter: Andrew Oliver - LHP (5-5, 4.99)
Radio: Sooner Sports Network - KOKC 1520 AM
Internet Audio: Oklahoma All-Access
Television: Fox Sports OK (In OKC, KOCB Ch. 11)

GAME 2 - Saturday, May 9:
First Pitch: 7:05 p.m. CST
Location: AT&T Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City
OU Starter: Stephen Porlier - RHP (1-1, 4.74)
OSU Starter: Tyler Lyons - LHP (5-4, 3.57)
Radio: Sooner Sports Network - KOKC 1520 AM
Internet Audio: Oklahoma All-Access
Television: Sooner Sports Network - Cox Ch. 7 in OKC, Cox Ch. 3 in Tulsa

GAME 3 - Sunday, May 10:
First Pitch: 4:05 p.m. CST
Location: AT&T Bricktown Ballpark - Oklahoma City
OU Starter: Garrett Richards - RHP (7-2, 6.84)
OSU Starter: Tyler Blandford - RHP (6-3, 4.97)
Radio: Sooner Sports Network - KOKC 1520 AM Internet Audio: Oklahoma All-Access


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