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February 18, 2013

Walk-off home run gives Sooners series sweep over Pride



He was in line for the win until reliever Jake Fisher gave up three runs on three hits and walked another in the eighth inning.

Austin Nyman, who went 2-for-4, ignited the three-run rally with a two-run double. He scored the tying run on a single by Bryan Verbitsky.

Robert Tasin, the Sooners’ closer, pitched a perfect ninth inning and wound up with the victory.

It was fitting OU had the top of its order coming to the plate in the ninth inning. Crain Aikin, Jack Mayfield, Max White and Oberste combined to score six of OU’s runs. Of its nine hits, seven belonged to the quartet — Aikin (1 for 4), Mayfield (2 for 4), White (3 for 4) and Oberste (1 for 4).

“We keep our heads straight and the leadership and experience really pulled us through in this one,” White said.

Mayfield put the ninth-inning in motion with a one-out single, and White worked Hofstra reliever Cody Normand to a full count before drawing a walk.

Oberste took care of the rest.

“The one thing you don’t sit around and wait on is a three-run homer, but I’ll be dog gone if that doesn’t win it today. We’ll take it,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said.

The Sooners get today off before opening a two-game series with Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 3 p.m., Tuesday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

John Shinn

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