STILLWATER — Oklahoma hoped a little more pop in the lineup would serve as an energy injection.
It worked early and extremely late Tuesday night/Wednesday morning in the Sooners’ 12-9, 18-inning victory over Oklahoma State at Allie Reynolds Stadium.
Kolbey Carpenter drove in Austin O’Brien to ignite a three-run, two-out rally in the top of the 18th inning. It was Carpenter’s second RBI of the game. The sophomore added a solo home run in the seventh.
OU coach Pete Hughes inserted Carpenter at second base Tuesday, hoping it would ignite a struggling offense.
The win lifted OU to 24-14 and snapped a four-game losing streak ahead of its Big 12 Conference series with West Virginia, which begins Thursday night at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The win allowed the Sooners to avoid a five-game losing streak, which would've been their longest since 2007 — the last year OU failed to reach the NCAA tournament.
The Sooners were in complete control after Carpenter’s solo home run in the top of the seventh. That was just the sophomore’s 11th start of the season, first at second base.
It was part of an effort to inject more power into the lineup. OU, which had been a slow-starting team all season, put up eight runs in the first two innings.
Austin O’Brien crushed a grand slam in the top of the first inning to give the Sooners a 4-0 lead.
The Cowboys answered on a two-run homer by Tanner Krietemeier and a solo shot by Gage Green.
But OU put up four more runs in the second inning. Anthony Hermelyn smacked an RBI single. Sheldon Neuse, who went 2 for 4 and reached base on all six trips to the plate, drilled a two-run double and Hermelyn scored on a groundout by Mac James.