AUSTIN, Texas — As Oklahoma’s Hector Lorenzana sprinted to second base in the eighth inning Sunday afternoon, he caught Kolbey Carpenter motoring toward home out of the corner of his eye.
Lorenzana’s double in the left-field gap had just given the Sooners a two-run lead against Texas, and two runs felt like 10 in the final game of the Red River Rivalry series at Disch-Falk Field.
“I was pumped when I saw Carpenter rounding third. I knew we had a great chance of winning the ball game,” Lorenzana said.
The Sooners did, 4-2, claiming their first series against the Longhorns since 1998.
OU coach Sunny Golloway said he didn’t know it had been 15 years since it last occurred. However, his team played the way Texas did in so many of those losses it handed the Sooners during that period. In the rubber game of the series, OU (27-6, 7-2 Big 12) out-pitched Texas (17-13, 3-6), and clutch hits belonged to OU, too.
“Their pitching was terrific, their pitching was outstanding. We did pitch just a little bit better,” Golloway said.
Sunday, the Sooners’ pitching staff pieced together a third straight dominant performance.
Starter Adam Choplick allowed two unearned runs over 2 2-3 innings. The bullpen held the Longhorns scoreless over the final 6 1-3, allowing just two hits and three base runners over that span.
“Our pitching keeps us in every game and it keeps us calm out there. We know we just have to score a couple runs,” said OU second baseman Jack Mayfield, who went 3 for 5 and scored the game-tying run in the eighth inning on Max White’s RBI single. “Today we only scored four runs, and we got the win. If we keep pitching like this, we’re gonna be in a great spot the rest of the year.”
Billy Waltrip (2-1) only faced one batter, but he fanned Texas Erich Weiss with a runner at second to end the seventh inning.