Oklahoma baseball: Pete Hughes resigns as Sooners’ head coach

Oklahoma baseball coach Pete Hughes has become the second Sooner head coach in less than a week to step down.

In four seasons at Oklahoma, Hughes’ teams compiled an overall record of 128-107-1 for a relatively pedestrian .544 winning percentage. His record in the Big 12 was a combined 44-51 (.463). His Sooner teams finished as high as third place in the conference standings twice in his four seasons (2015 and again this season).

In a statement released by the OU athletic department, athletic director Joe Castiglione said, “Our program has demonstrated the ability to compete at the highest level, and we are optimistic about our future.”

The Sooner athletic director went on to add that the search for Hughes’ replacement will begin immediately.

Oklahoma began the 2017 season on fire. The Sooners played their first 19 games of the season at home and won 17 of the 19. On the final day of March, the Sooners defeated eventual Big 12 co-champion Texas Tech 6-2 to improve their record to 25-4, the best season start by an Oklahoma baseball team in over 30 years.

That was the absolute high point of the season for Sooner baseball in 2017. After March 31. Oklahoma went 10-20 the remainder of the season and postseason, even though the Sooners won five Big 12 series.

The Sooners appeared once in the postseason in Hughes’ time in Norman. That was this season. OU defeated Xavier in a dramatic come-from-behind win in Game 1 in the Louisville Regional, but lost its next to games, to Louisville and Xavier, giving up 11 runs in each of the losses while scoring just one run combined in the two elimination games.

Hughes has a career coaching record of 652-492-3 (.570), with previous stops at Virginia Tech, Boston College and Trinity (San Antonio).