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Big 12 baseball: Sooners not panicking after struggles

Big 12 baseball: Sooners not panicking after struggles
 Oklahoma reliever JB Olson has a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings this season but hasn't pitched since April 2. Olson is one of several Sooners expected back for this weekend's series against Kansas. [PHOTO BY JESSIE WARDARSKI, TULSA WORLD]
Oklahoma reliever JB Olson has a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings this season but hasn’t pitched since April 2. Olson is one of several Sooners expected back for this weekend’s series against Kansas. [PHOTO BY JESSIE WARDARSKI, TULSA WORLD]

Don’t expect any panic from Oklahoma baseball coach Pete Hughes regarding his team’s recent struggles.

Oklahoma was 26-6 after a win over Oral Roberts on April 4 but has gone just 1-7 since.

“I’m going to curse them up and down for an hour before practice and then we’re gonna run and then we’re gonna run? It’s as if those guys don’t feel bad enough as it is,” Hughes said. “That’s the panic response. I’m not going to panic. Let’s go back to our foundation — hard work and fundamentals.”

Hughes said he’s reminded his players about their early season success.

“We’ve laid a strong enough, successful enough foundation to put ourselves in good shape,” Hughes said. “Now we’ve got some adversity. Normally, you get a little adversity here one weekend, adversity there, we’ve got ours in seven days — lumped up. Let’s just wear it and come out on the other side of it stronger and we still have what we’ve done.”

The Sooners will try to bounce back beginning Friday with a three-game home series against Kansas.

Cowboys stay buoyed despite struggles

Oklahoma State’s Andrew Rosa stood at second base Tuesday night, arms raised, enjoying the moment, both for himself and his team.

Rosa’s double provided a walk-off winner over Oral Roberts at a time when wins have slowed for a Cowboys team in clear transition and now featuring a look of the future. Yet there was the senior Rosa, soon to be swarmed by teammates, providing a veteran impact. And the 11th-inning was fueled by guys like him — solid players who have been nudged aside to some degree by youngsters, yet remain…

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