By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — When you’re hot, victories like Oklahoma’s 2-1 triumph over Kansas Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park become possible.
Only hot teams win despite committing four errors, their starting pitcher doesn’t possess his best stuff and they go 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
“We get lost some times, but it doesn’t define us,” said OU first baseman Matt Oberste, who extended his school record hitting streak to 29 games and drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning. “… We got the job done; that’s about all I can say.”
The victory extended the Sooners’ winning streak to 13 games and lifted them to 25-4 overall and 5-0 in the Big 12 Conference. It also marked their seventh walk-off victory of the season, the fifth of that variety in extra innings and fourth extra-inning winning in the last seven games.
It all came down to the 10th inning. OU executed nearly flawlessly to push the winning run across. Hunter Haley singled to start the inning and moved to third after back-to-back bunt singles by Jack Mayfield and Craig Aikin.
Oberste sealed the series and got “Movie Night” at L. Dale Mitchell Park underway with a line drive to center field that allowed Haley to easily score.
Jacob Evans (5-0) got the win in relief. The freshman didn’t allow a baserunner over the final 3 2-3 innings.
Dillon Overton didn’t have his typical dominant outing. He threw 6 1/3 innings. The junior left-hander still held Kansas (14-10, 2-3) to one unearned run on four hits. He struck out six and walked two. However, Overton labored throughout the game, throwing 106 pitches with 68 going for strikes.
It was his second start since suffering a blister on the middle finger of his left hand. The blister still hasn’t completely healed.
“I didn’t have to deal with it near as much as I have the last two weeks,” Overton said. “It’s a lot better.”
Overton was in line for the victory until shortstop Jack Mayfield, who committed two of OU’s four errors, made an errant throw in the seventh that allowed Ka’iana Eldredge to score the game-tying run.
Jacob Evans (5-0) got the win in relief. The freshman didn’t allow a baserunner over the final 3 2/3 innings.
Jordan Piché (4-1) took the loss for Kansas. He entered with two outs in the ninth inning and gave up the game-winning run in the 10th. Thomas Taylor threw the first 8 2/3 innings for Kansas. He gave it a chance to win. The only run he allowed was a solo homer to Kolbey Carpenter in the second inning.
The Sooners, who had eight hits, didn’t push across another run until extra innings. They seem to be very comfortable when situations like Friday’s arise.
“When we go into extra innings, none of us are worried,” Carpenter said. “All of us are really confident that we can get the job done.”
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