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May 13, 2013

Sooners avoid Bedlam sweep to keep Big 12 title hopes alive

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

OU has a chance to still win the league because it came up with critical hits. Hector Lorenzana went 1 for 3, scored two runs and ran his Bedlam series RBI total to six with an RBI double in the fourth inning.

“I like getting put into pressure situations. I love hitting with runners on base because I normally clutch up. My goal is to score guys,” said Lorenzana, who went 5 for 11 in the series.

But the huge day came from designated hitter Kolbey Carpenter, who went 3 for 4 and drove in the tying run in the sixth inning.

The freshman, who missed five games last month to return to his hometown of West, Texas, to help with relief efforts after an explosion at a fertilizer plant left 14 dead and damaged half the town, also had an RBI single in the Sooners’ three-run fourth inning.

“I’m starting to see the ball a little better and I’m seeing it pretty good at the plate. Hopefully I can keep it up,” Carpenter said.

The breaks didn’t hurt either. OU threw out two OSU base runners at the plate. The last came in the top of the eighth inning when Aaron Cornell was thrown out trying to score from second base on a wild pitch. OSU coach Josh Holliday was ejected after arguing with home plate umpire Randy Wetzel after the call.

The other came in the fifth inning when OU right fielder Max White threw out Zach Fish trying to score on Robbie Rea’s single.

Vince Wheeland (8-1) took the loss. He entered in the fourth inning after OSU starter Mark Robinette abruptly ran out of gas. He gave up three runs on four hits over 3 1-3 innings. Wheeland allowed two runs on two hits over 1 2-3 frames.

The Sooners still lost the series, but Sunday’s victory meant they avoided a complete disaster. Rallying from four runs down and showing composure after gaining the lead made it possible.

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