After a 1-2 finish in the Big 12 Tournament, with both loses coming on the behalf of the the Baylor Bears, the Sooners sat and waited on Memorial Day to see where they were headed for a regional. The destination for Skip Johnson and Co. is Tallahassee, where they landed the three seed.
Joining the Sooners will be host, Florida State, Mississippi State and Samford.
Florida State enters as the one seed after winning the ACC tournament in style, led by the now winningest coach in Division I Baseball, Mike Martin. Florida State enters the post season as the No. 7 team in the nation.
Oklahoma will play Mississippi State first, led by interim head coach Gary Henderson. The Bulldogs finished the season on a hot streak, but haven’t played since their loss to LSU on May 22. They will rely on their ace Konnor Pilkington to start against the Sooners, while their second starter Ethan Small is dealing with re-occurring blisters, which could hurt them past the first game.
Samford enters this regional fresh off a Southern Conference Championship, where they dominated Mercer 14-4. Head Coach Casey Dunn led this team to a 36-24 record, and the team’s bats all feed off of designated hitter Brooks Carlson, who won the MVP of the Southern Conference Tournament, finishing 3-4 in the championship battle.
The absence of Steele Walker, and Kyler Murray hurt the Sooners on the offensive end, and the loss of power showed when the team struggled to move guys around the bags. If they aren’t ready to go in round one, that will be 23 home runs and a serious chunk of RBI production left to fill.
The Sooners expect to get things rolling with Jake Irvin taking the mound. They will also need Brylie Ware and Cade Harris to stay hot, after three solid games in the tournament from both of them. Devon Perez finished with the loss, but the bullpen struggled mightily against the Bears, allowing five runs in just under four innings, leading to the final deficit of 10-3.
First pitch is scheduled for Friday, June 1 at 11 A.M.