NORMAN — All eyes were on Matt Oberste. The Oklahoma slugger came into Friday riding a 26-game hit streak and was one short of tying the program record.
Oberste’s bat had been on fire the entire season, but it suddenly went cold against Texas Christian and OU coach Sunny Golloway had to look to the rest of the team to pick up the slack as they pulled out a 3-2 victory in 12 innings over the Horned Frogs at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
“It was too much pressure,” Golloway said. “Too much pressure for a college guy to have a chance to tie the all-time record, to be the first game in conference against the team that is supposed to challenge us for the championship. It was just too much pressure and his team picked him up. He knows it.”
No. 16 Oklahoma (20-4, 1-0 Big 12) extended its win streak to eight games, but none can lay claim to the unique ending between the Sooners and Horned Frogs.
Max White led off the bottom of the 12th with a single off Alex Young. Oberste came to the plate with an 0-4 day to the point and blasted a double to center field to extend his hit streak to a record-tying 27 games.
“I wasn’t trying to do anything big,” Oberste said. “I was just trying to get Max in scoring position. He did a great job of protecting me. I was just trying to get him over into scoring position. I didn’t care how I did it.”
Dylan Nil was then intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. Hector Lorenzana made TCU (9-12, 1-4 Big 12) pay without taking a swing. Young’s first pitch turned into a passed ball that rolled to the backstop. White scored easily from third and was mobbed by a group of jubilant Sooners.