Nonetheless, the environment and the pressure of Red River Rivalry did not bother OU.
“It’s hard with all these fans cheering and booing and everything go against you,” Garza said. “You have to zone it out and throw strikes and make pitches.”
The Sooners have throughout the season and did again this weekend. The series victory over Texas not only removed the Red River Rivalry monkey from OU’s back, it is now alone in first place in the Big 12 standings.
The reason OU is in the very cozy position is because they’ve become comfortable playing in low-scoring games. The two wins in Austin gave OU six in conference play in games where it scored four runs or less.
“A lot of games are going to be like this,” OU right fielder Max White said after Sunday’s win. “They’re going to be low-scoring games and very competitive. We just have to be focused and play our game.”
For generations, it’s been said that good pitching will beat good hitting on a consistent basis. The Sooners are proving this season why that belief has stood the test of time.
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