Hayes (3-0) received the victory. Garza collected his sixth save.
It was only a seven-hit night for the Sooners, but three of them came in succession with one out in the seventh inning.
Mac James singled and scored on O’Brien’s triple to tie the game. Haley then drove in the go-ahead run with his double. He scored on Ake’s single to produce the final margin.
“We’d just been waiting for that inning so guys could get comfortable and feel good again,” OU coach Pete Hughes said. “I’d love to see it in the first (inning) one of these days because it’s so agonizing to have to wait until the seventh.”
Friday night was a rarity. It was just OU’s second win in nine tries when trailing after six innings.
The way Cal State Bakersfield pitcher Taylor Aikinhead was pitching through the first six didn’t paint a pretty picture for OU. He limited them to one run on three hits until the seventh inning. The left-hander took the tough-luck loss to drop to 4-4.
The teams will wrap up the series with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. today. The Sooners hope the energy that comes from one big inning can spill over. They left the ballpark feeling like a different team.
“After that one inning, you could see the energy in the dugout get up like it was at the beginning of the year,” Ake said. “It was good for us.”
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