Clubs Drop Short of Their Goals

After Thursday it looked so promising for the Crimson and Cream, but things changed over the early part of the weekend for the worst.

1. The baseball team dropped a game to Baylor that eliminated them from Big 12 tournament title contention—OU started off this week's festivities at the Bricktown Ballpark in dramatic fashion. After being one-hit through eight innings by Kansas starter T.J. Walz, the Sooners put the leadoff man on in the ninth inning, and a sacrifice bunt, walk and stolen base set the table for the dramatics to follow. With one out and runners on the corners, right fielder Code Reine ripped a double to center field that plated both base runners for a walk off win. However, because Baylor beat Kansas State, and KSU turned around and defeated Kansas, Baylor's 8-3 victory over OU effectively eliminated them from any chances at making the championship game. The Sooners were trying for the seventh straight year to become the second team in the Big 12 South to win at least two tournament championships. The other school is Texas, who went 0-3 in the tourney.

2. The softball squad suffered a series defeat at No. 3 Washington in the Super Regionals—Long term, this one is the more heartbreaking of the two events because the season came to an abrupt halt for the Sooner softball team. And it is that much worse given the fact that the Sooners had the 1-0 series lead after a 6-1 win in the first game of the series. But UW star pitcher Danielle Lawrie took care of that, shutting out the Sooners in consecutive games, 3-0 and 4-0, en route to claiming a return bid to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The one big positive, though, for OU is pitcher Keilani Ricketts is only a freshman and has three more strong years to come.

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