OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma dominated the Big 12 tournament’s all-tournament team.
Pitcher Jonathan Gray, who threw a complete-game three-hitter in Thursday’s tournament-opening victory over Baylor, was named the most outstanding player.
First baseman Matt Oberste, catcher Anthony Hermelyn, second baseman Hector Lorenzana third baseman Garrett Carey and center fielder Max White were also selected.
Catch of the day: The best defensive play of a game is rarely provided by a pitcher. However, the snag Jacob Evans had of Kevin Kuntz line drive to end the bottom of the fifth inning was critical.
The Jayhawks had runners at second and third and a hit would have changed the complexion of the game.
“It was 5-1 at that time. If they would have gotten a hit right there, it’s 5-3. Getting out of that jam helped a lot,” Evans said.
“I thought that play was the biggest play of the game. It could have put us down five to four and then we still have a chance to win,” Kansas coach Ritch Price said. “Not only did he (Jacob Evans) pitch well but he had the defensive play of the game as well.”
40 and counting: Sunday’s victory was the Sooners’ 40th of the season. This marks the fifth straight season OU has won at least 40 games.
“We have seen really good programs struggle before with consistency. We want our program to be a model of consistency over the long haul and we knew coming in that winning 40 games was going to be a challenge for us,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “Overall, I’m proud of the body of work for this team this season.”
Rice and Florida State are the only other programs to have won 40 games the last five seasons.
Hayes emerges: OU reliever Kyle Hayes picked up the save Sunday. It was the second straight game he came out of the bullpen to record the final outs.