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Oklahoma Sooners Skip Johnson Named Central Region Coach of the Year

The awards are pouring in for Skip Johnson.

The Oklahoma baseball coach was named the 2022 Central Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Wednesday after guiding the Sooners to the College World Series and second place nationally.

In his fifth season at Norman, Johnson led Oklahoma to the Big 12 Tournament championship to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.

The Sooners cruised through regional play in Gainesville, Fla., and super regional play in Blacksburg, Va., to earn the 11th College World Series program appearance. The Sooners were swept last Saturday and Sunday in Omaha by Ole Miss, who won his first men’s national championship in any sport.

OU only led 4-2 late in Game 1 and was up 2-1 late in Game 2, but fell short both times to the Rebels.

OU became just the second Big 12 school to play in the CWS Best-of-3 Championship Series, and the first since Texas in 2009.

The Sooners finished 45-24 this year. They’ve warmed up in the streak, winning their last five Big 12 conference series, including a 27-12 record since April 12 and a 15-9 league mark.

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Selected to finish sixth in the Big 12 preseason poll, OU is tied for second in the regular season league standings, one win over a tie for first place with TCU.

OU spent the entire playoffs — and the final six weeks of the season as a whole — on the road, but still went 14-5 in that streak.

Shortstop Peyton Graham, pitcher Jake Bennett, closest Trevin Michael, receiver Jimmy Crooks and center fielder Tanner Tredaway all earned conference, regional and/or national accolades for their 2022 season.

Tredaway posted the OU’s second-highest single-season hits total (105), behind Kevin Burdick’s 118 in 1986. First baseman Blake Robertson set a program record with 69 walks. Second baseman Jackson Nicklaus set an OU freshman record for walks (34) and was second among freshmen with 11 homers and 48 runs scored.

OU’s pitching team — led by Johnson as pitching coach — set a school single-season record 644 strikeouts, surpassing the previous mark of 608 set in 2018.

Oklahoma also recorded 145 stolen bases this year, the most by an OU team since 1989 (168). The team’s 73 home runs in 2022 were the most in a season since the 2010 team hit 105 homers.

Johnson is 157-103 in five seasons at OU.