It’s almost to the point now where you think the Sooners just want to walk off and make things dramatic.
They did so again, as first baseman Matt Oberste, now on a 29-game hitting streak, brought home center fielder Craig Aikin for the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th Friday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
”It’s not getting old at all,” Oberste said. “You know, we come out here and we don’t expect to go to extra innings, but when we do, we toughen up and we always get it done.”
That helped the Sooners capture their second consecutive Big 12 Conference series and move to 5-0 in league play.
It’s their 13 straight victory overall dating back to March 12.
”It means a lot, especially in Big 12 Conference play,” Oberste said. “To win two series in a row, that’s huge, too.”
First baseman Kolbey Carpenter initially put the Sooners on top in the bottom of the second with a solo shot to left center.
”I mean, I kinda watched him [Kansas pitcher Thomas Taylor] pitch in the first inning, kinda tried to judge what he was throwing,” Carpenter said. “And he was throwing a lot of guys first pitch fastballs in, and I just went up there and kind sat on it. Luckily, I put a good swing on it and made good contact with it, so it felt good.”
They led most of the way from that point until the seventh when a single to short and one of OU’s four errors—Jack Mayfield errantly threw past Oberste—allowed Kansas to notch things up at one apiece.
”Yeah, the four errors bothers me,” said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. “But we can make an adjustment on that. You know, there’s things we feel like we can do within our program.”
Oberste extended his hitting streak on a double to left in the fourth inning.
Though he got a no-decision, Sooner starter Dillon Overton threw 6 1/3 solid innings without an earned run, fanning six and surrendering just four hits and two walks.
Taylor also exited without a line after distancing 8 2/3 innings and giving up five hits and three walks to go around four strikeouts.
Out of the bullpen, Jacob Evans improved to 5-0 for OU, while Jordan Piche’ was handed his first loss of the season.
The two will get back at it tomorrow at 2 p.m. CT, with OU trying to sweep the series.
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