OKLAHOMA CITY —
· Maybe the best 5-4-3 double play you’ve ever seen — Garrett Carey to Hector Lorenzana to Oberste — a play that looked more like a double than a double play off the bat of Ka’iana Eldredge in the second inning.
· Pitcher Jacob Evans’ spear of a knee-high line drive off the bat of Kevin Kuntz, saving two runs in the fifth inning.
· The long-run and sliding-foul-territory catch from left fielder Craig Aikin, retiring Jordan Dreiling to lead off the bottom of the ninth.
“I’ll be honest,” Kansas coach Ritch Price said, “I was really happy with the way we swung the bat.”
Yet it was only good for seven hits and two runs. Not nearly enough on a day OU played like a team of destiny.
It seems like it, anyway.
There was Oberste, who looked like maybe the best hitter ever to put on a Sooner uniform at one point this season only to enter Bricktown on the low side of the .400 average he carried so much of the season, waiting to hit his first home run since April.
He got it in the the third inning, a two run shot, his first after 17 games without going deep. Then, just to make the day really complete, he lashed a two-run single in the ninth. The Sooners didn’t need the insurance, but gladly took it.
There’s a sense of everything coming together.
Before the Big 12 tourney began, Wednesday, at L. Dale Mitchell Park, players said they were in the midst of something all teams go through. They’d lost two of three games in each of their last three conference series, but they were trying to shrug it off, because no sport has more peaks and valleys than baseball and they were in their valley.