For the first time since the 2015 season the Oklahoma Sooners will not be in the NCAA Baseball Tournament. The selections rolled out on Monday and OU was not one of the five conference schools to have its name called.
It was speculated that the Sooners would need to win at least one game in last week’s Big 12 Championship Tournament to solidify a spot in the tournament. Oklahoma was bounced in two games after an opening 8-2 loss to the Baylor Bears and a 15-3 thumping by TCU in the elimination game.
Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and West Virginia are all hosting a regional this coming weekend. Baylor drew the #2 seed at he UCLA Regional and TCU is #3 at the Arkansas Regional, a spot that surely could have gone to OU had they eliminated TCU instead.
For Oklahoma the season closes with a 33-23 overall record and 11-13 in conference play.
Sophomore Tyler Hardman led the Sooners in batting with a .306 average. He also led the team in RBI (42) and tied senior Brylie Ware with a team-high six home runs.
From the mound sophomore Levi Prater emerged as OU’s ace, finishing with a team-best record at 7-4 and 3.26 ERA.