Oklahoma claimed its first series victory against Texas in 15 years with a 4-2 win at UFCU Disch-Falk Field Sunday.
Complimented with a 2-1 victory Friday, the Sooners (27-6, 7-2 Big 12) took their first series against the Longhorns (17-13, 3-6) since a sweep in Norman in 1998. It was OU's first series win in Austin since the first year of Big 12 Conference affiliation in 1997.
Oklahoma opened the scoring in the second inning but fell behind in
the third, 2-1. It wasn't until the eighth that the Sooners struck back
against UT closer Corey Knebel (3-2), who no-hit OU for a save in a 1-0
Max White drove in fellow senior Jack Mayfield for the game-tying run with a blooper over second baseman Brooks Marlow.
"The guys were able to block out this atmosphere and have the right approach at the plate," White said. "It was definitely clutch moment for me. To block out the atmosphere and have the right approach, taking the slider the other way was what I wanted to do."
"We knew it was (Max and I's) last chance here at Disch-Falk and we just wanted to go out with a bang," Mayfield said. "We were fortunate and found some holes and had some clutch hits to keep it going."
Three at-bats later, Hector Lorenzana belted the go-ahead RBI, a double to the fence in left center, to plate White and Kolbey Carpenter.
"He was throwing fastballs at me all game," Lorenzana said. "I just wasn't getting the barrel out there. I knew he was going to throw me one more and I was expecting it. He threw it right where I was expecting it. I dropped the barrel and got a nice little double to take the lead."
Billy Waltrip (2-1) earned the win in relief with a strikeout in his only batter faced to end the seventh inning.
Jacob Evans finished the last two innings, earning his sixth save and completing his 13th straight and 16th scoreless outing in 17 appearances.
Carpenter scored in the second on baserunning favored by Longhorn
mistakes. The Sooners' designated hitter reached first on a fielding
error by the shortstop and advanced to third following Hector
Lorenzana's sacrifice bunt and Anthony Hermelyn's groundout. Garrett
Carey bunted to pitcher Nathan Thornhill, whose barehanded grab was too
low for his target at first base.
Texas third baseman Erich Weiss hit a two-out, two-RBI triple in the third to give the Longhorns the advantage through the next four scoreless innings.
The first three runs scored in the game were all unearned.
"Their pitching was outstanding," OU head coach Sunny Golloway said. "It was going to be about scratching out runs and we knew that. It was really big to win the series."
The victory maintains the Sooners' one-game lead in the Big 12 standings. Oklahoma visits Baylor for its next weekend series. First pitch in Waco, Texas, is Friday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised on FS Southwest.
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