It was for a while.
Left-hander Jacob Evans gave up 11 hits, but he put up five scoreless innings. The only serious mistake he made was the pitched he hang to West Virginia catcher Cameron O’Brien that he deposited over the left-field wall.
OU still had the lead when it turned to its best middle reliever — Kindle Ladd.
It was gone by the time he left. The Mountaineers (19-15, 4-7) belted just about everything it saw Saturday. They finished the day with 18 hits — a season high against the Sooners — and scored nine unanswered runs.
O’Brien drove in five of the runs, adding a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning.
Ladd (3-2) took the loss. He allowed three runs on four hits in his one inning of work.
Ryan Tezak (2-0) picked up the win for the Mountaineers. He took over for Walter Corey in the fifth inning and pitched 22⁄3 scoreless inning. Sean Carley pitched the final 21⁄3 innings to get his first save.
It was the classic case of letting a team hang around and paying for it in the end.
“We got out to the early lead. One thing we’ve learned from being in those early holes is that you can’t let off,” Aikin said. “Teams have let off on us and we’ve come back and gotten wins. That’s one thing we have to learn from this game.”
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