AUSTIN, Texas —
Jake Fisher and Ralph Garza Jr., shut the Longhorns down in the four previous innings.
Jacob Evans closed out the final two innings to get his fifth save of the season and second in the series.
With the exception of Fisher, all those pitchers are first-year players. Whatever, demons had affected the Sooners in past meeting with Texas didn’t bother them. The partisan crowd of 6,246 didn’t influence them either.
“It’s a huge environment, but you feed off of it and let it get the adrenaline flowing,” Evans said.
White, a senior, had been on the field eight losses in nine tries to Texas prior to the series and was a player who talked openly about the struggles OU had against the Longhorns.
However, he wasn’t thinking about those when he got a full-count slider from Texas closer Corey Knebel, who took the loss to fall to 3-2, and slapped it into right field.
“It was a clutch moment for me. I haven’t had too many of those and I hope to have more,” said White, after going 3 for 4. “To block the atmosphere and have the right approach against Knebel … taking a slider the other way was what I wanted to do and what I did.”
The victory has OU perched atop the Big 12 standings with a one-game lead over Kansas State after three series. Texas is now tied with TCU for last place after dropping its sixth straight conference series dating back to last season.
Fortunes for the rivals seemed to have switched. The Sooners finally beating the Longhorns and doing it in Austin certainly signals as a switch has occurred. For years, Texas beat the Sooners with dominant pitching and clutch hitting.
It reversed this weekend. The Sooners only allowed four runs in the three-game series, winning 2-1 on Friday before dropping Game 2 1-0.
“It took me four years, but we finally did,” said Mayfield, a senior. “The one thing that kept us in it was our pitching. UT only scored four runs all weekend. Putting our team in a position like that gives us a great chance for success.”
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