Both pitchers settled down after the frenetic first inning. Luna worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the second while Ricketts kept the Longhorns from threatening for the next several frames.
With the win, OU (39-3, 8-1) took two out of three from Texas (39-6, 9-2), thereby gaining control of the Big 12 race. The Sooners have more conference games left to play than the Longhorns, but would have to lose two games against unranked teams with a combined conference record of 12-21 and have Texas win out to lose the Big 12 title.
“We have to keep working still, but this was really big for us,” Pendley said.
The Sooners next take the field at 4 p.m. Tuesday at North Texas in their final non-conference game of the regular season. OU has three more conference series remaining: Iowa State at home, Kansas in Lawrence and Oklahoma State in Oklahoma City, Norman and Stillwater.
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