MANHATTAN, Kan. — Ordinarily, having Gray on the mound has been a very comfortable feeling. Gray knows the importance this one game could have on the rest of the season.
“My strategy stays the same. I want to go up there and shut them down in the first game,” Gray said. “Hopefully, that confidence carries over to the second game and the third game if we can beat them up pretty good.”
At times, Gray has had that impact on teams. The loss OU suffered last Friday against Oklahoma State was its first in the opening game of a Big 12 series this season.
Tonight will show if it was aberration or not.
OU will send Jake Fisher (1-2, 2.15 ERA) to the mound Saturday and Dillon Overton (8-2, 2.87 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Sunday’s finale.
OU’s hopes that finale is for the Big 12 championship.
“Knowing we have to win there and sweep them to win the conference, we know it’s gonna be tough, but we also know it’s gonna be a hectic fun weekend,” Overton said. “We know what we have to do and we have to try to do it.”
The Sooners have one last chance to halt the slide that’s occurred over the last three weeks. “I feel like there’s nowhere to go but up from here,” Fisher said. “This is the worst part of the season. I feel like we’re gonna come back and play solid.”
The Sooners are just about out of chances to prove they can come back.