OU baseball: Sooners earn 25th victory with extra-innings win Friday
The No. 14 Oklahoma baseball team has played three of its five Big 12 games in extra innings, and the Sooners remain perfect in those games as they defeated the Kansas Jayhawks, 2-1, in 10 innings Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
OU improves to 25-4 overall and 5-0 in conference play while putting together a 13-game win streak.
Key Stat: 4 — Yes, the Sooners won, but not even coach Sunny Golloway could let people forget his team committed four errors. He opened his post-game interview talking a little about the errors, which is something the team can fix by changing a few things within the program, he said. Also, the fourth error — the second committed by senior shortstop Jack Mayfield, who has 13 errors this year — led plated Kansas' only run.
Key Player: Junior first baseman Matt Oberste — Other than freshman designated hitter Kolbey Carpenter's solo home run in the second inning, OU's only means of offense came via Oberste's sacrifice fly to center to score the game-winning run. He went 1-for-4 in the win.
Honorable Mention: Freshman designated hitter Kolbey Carpenter — OU scored two runs all night, so you have to give credit to the guy who drove in the other run. Carpenter hit a solo homer in the second to give OU the early 1-0 lead that would be relinquished in the seventh. His homer was his only hit of the evening.
Honorable Mention: Freshman pitcher Jacob Evans — The freshman lefty tossed 3 2/3 innings of perfect ball out of the bullpen, and that's really not that surprising from a guy who has a 0.62 ERA in 15 appearances that span 29 innings. A few weeks ago, Golloway said he was waiting for an outing Evans struggled in so he could learn from it, but that outing has yet to come.
Hit Streak Watch: Junior first baseman smacked a double down the line in left in the fourth to extend his hit streak to 29 games, setting a new OU record. While it was the only hit he recorded in the victory, it was not his biggest contribution as his lone RBI helped the Sooners walk off for the seventh time this season, including five extra-inning victories.
What it means: The Sooners have won their second conference series and will be going for the sweep Saturday. Junior first baseman Matt Oberste said Kansas may be down after that loss, so this is the perfect time to strike for the sweep before heading to Austin next weekend.
What’s next for the Sooners: OU and Kansas will conclude their series at 2 p.m. Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The Sooners will be going for the sweep and their 14th straight win. Redshirt freshman Adam Choplick (3-0, 2.88 ERA) is slated to start for Oklahoma.